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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 2009-2010 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
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Edmonton, AB  T6G 2G1
Fax: 780.492.6826
Last modified 10/19/09

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