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SPECIALIZATION
PROGRAMS IN MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES
There
are five specialization programs offered by the Department of
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences which lead to the BSc degree.
1. Specialization
in
Mathematics.
The main purpose of the Specialization in Mathematics program is to
allow students to concentrate their studies in mathematics to a greater
extent than is possible under the general program. There is a lot of
flexibility, and each student designs his or her own program in
consultation with an advisor from the Department of Mathematical and
Statistical Sciences. This flexibility allows students to combine the
study of mathematics with the study of a related discipline such as
physics or statistics. There is also a secondary purpose, and that is
to provide a bridge to some of the higher level honors courses. (Honors
courses are often required for admission to a graduate program in
Mathematics.) There are students whose interest and abilities in
Mathematics are not apparent until they have taken a year or more of
Mathematics. For such students, it is sometimes difficult to enroll in
an honors program, and the specialization program accommodates them to
some extent.
2. Specialization
in
Mathematics and
Economics. Economics and Mathematics are closely related,
but
one subject is offered by the Faculty of Arts and the other by the
Faculty of Science. The regulations of the two faculties make it
difficult to take a program that includes a large number of courses
from both. The Specialization in Mathematics and Economics program is a
joint program of the two faculties, administered by the Department of
Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, which overcomes these
difficulties as far as Economics and Mathematics are concerned.
3. Specialization
in
Statistics.
The
Specialization Program in Statistics is intended for students who are
interested in studying Statistics and applying it to a second
discipline. Students in this program must choose one distinct field of
application. Recommended fields of application are Agriculture,
Chemical Engineering, Computing Science, Economics, Education,
Genetics, Health Sciences Administration, Pharmacology, Political
Science, Psychology, Sociology and Zoology. Students may, in
consultation with the Department of Mathematical and Statistical
Sciences, select a different field of application in place of those
listed above.
4. Specialization
in
Mathematics and Finance.
This program is designed to provide a broadly based education in the
areas of mathematics, finance, economics and actuarial science. The
student may also optionally choose some courses from management
science. A graduate would have the background to enter the financial
industry and train as a financial analyst. Students enter this program
in second or third year and admission is competitive.
5. Specialization
in
Computational Science
(Math). This program allows students to combine and balance
their interests in mathematics and/or statistics with studies in
computing science. The combination should be of interest to students
wishing to combine the analytical and problem solving skills of
mathematical training with the power of modern computing science.
*** Courses for Actuarial Exams
(Updated Fall 2008)***
For
detailed descriptions of these programs please, consult the following
sections of the 20092010 University Calendar:
Faculty Regulations 

Specialization Programs 

Admission Requirements 

Specialization in
Mathematics 

Specialization in
Computational Science (Math) 

Specialization in
Mathematics and Economics 

Specialization in
Mathematics and Finance 

Specialization in
Statistics 

Specialization Program Advisors.
Students with questions about any of the specialization programs are
encouraged to consult the program coordinator, Dr. D. A. McNeilly, by
email: dam@math.ualberta.ca to make an appointment.
Department
of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
University
of Alberta
632 Central
Academic Building
Edmonton,
AB T6G 2G1 
Phone:780.492.3396
Fax: 780.492.6826
Last modified 10/19/09


