About Program Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Science offers Bachelor of Arts(BA)and Bachelor of Science(BSc)degree programs in Applied Mathematics.

Applied mathematics or computational sciences encompasses the many analytical and numerical methods used to solve scientific problems. It is at the core of many disciplines ranging from engineering and science to business and economics. It is essential to be able to apply many different mathematical techniques and to handle problems involving statistical data. It is also necessary to be able to take a practical problem, from engineering for example, and turn it into a mathematical problem; this is referred to as mathematical modelling.

Applied mathematics includes the area of scientific computing, which involves many components of computational processes — numerical analysis, algorithms for machines with vector and parallel architectures, visualization, simulation and computer-aided design.

Applied mathematicians use equations and computer simulations to:

  • design computer chips;
  • set airfare and insurance rates;
  • model electric power grids;
  • study genetic engineering;
  • create new automobile and airplane design;
  • study global climate change.

It is mathematics used to model and solve practical, real-world problems.

The Applied Mathematics (BA) program aims to give students a solid base of knowledge of mathematics which has important applications in fields such as computer science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, chemistry, biology, psychology and also in economics and business. Bachelor of Arts students are given the opportunity to take electives in other areas of interest, such as business administration.

Students in Applied Mathematics may pursue a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science (BSc), combining their studies in applied mathematics with another subject such as physics, earth and atmospheric science, biology or computer science.

  • Study alongside such excellent faculty as Nantel Bergeron, Canada Research Chair in Algebraic Combinatrics.
  • You can satisfy the requirements for the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) Diploma while completing a degree at York. This is simplest in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics for Commerce (Operations Research Stream) since many of the courses required for the diploma are part of the degree requirements. You can find out more about CORS through its website.

You may also be interested in Computational Mathematics.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Problems, Conjectures and Proofs
  • Computing for Math and Statistics
  • One of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (BSc students)
  • Non-Science Requirement (BSc students)
  • General Education course(s) (BA students)
  • Elective

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • financial analyst
  • epidemiological analyst
  • mathematical economist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.