About Laurier Mathematics
Why Study Math at Laurier?
Mathematics is a dynamic, evolving subject with many fascinating
applications. Mathematics is often used to solve problems from the
sciences, the arts and business; once put within the framework of
mathematics, real-world problems can be solved in an efficient and
reliable manner. In order to understand our modern world a solid grasp
of the fundamental methods of mathematics is essential. Ideas that
start as abstract often become necessary to solve practical problems:
The imaginary number i was considered over 2000 years ago, and
became necessary to the solution of problems in electricity. Prime
numbers have been considered for thousands of years and now find
practical applications in cryptography. Modern production methods would
not be possible without the theory of probability and statistics, first
developed in analyzing astronomical and census data. These are just
some of the examples why Mathematics has been and will continue to be
of vital importance to the world we live in.
The Laurier Experience
Courses and programs
Our department offers a wide range of courses from first through fourth year. Introductory courses range from calculus, logic and algebra to statistics and probability. Our senior courses include Game theory, Groups and Rings, Real and Complex Analysis, Stochastic Processes, and Number theory, to name a few. We offer a B.Sc. or B.A. in Mathematics and Financial Mathematics and also combined programs with Finance and Accounting, Biology, Computer Science and Chemistry, and also the double degree BBA/BA Financial Math. Students may also choose to take advantage of our co-op programs.
The Major Distinction
What Math Courses Do First-Year Students Take?
Calculus - Differential and Integral
Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Introduction to Mathematics of Finance
"Friendly, approachable, helpful" are the three words that best describe our faculty.We are committed to high-quality teaching and many of us are engaged in research programs. Our students frequently engage in NSERC undergraduate summer research programs that allow interested students to engage in current mathematical research.
Our excellent lab support staff, new computer labs, and innovative use of technology in the classroom all serve to enhance the learning experience.
As an alternative to the library, we provide a lounge for students to study and meet in. We run a regular seminar for students covering topics from all areas of Mathematics.
Graduates of Laurier's Mathematics programs have been very successful in pursuing their chosen careers. Many have gone on to graduate work in mathematics and other disciplines. Many of our graduates have entered the teaching profession. Others have joined firms that rely on the actuarial sciences, while others work as statistical consultants.