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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 1, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

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 also combined programs with Finance and Accounting, Biology, and Chemistry. Students may also choose to take advantage of our co-op programs.

Faculty

"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.

Computing support

Our excellent lab support staff, new computer labs, and innovative use of technology in the classroom all serve to enhance the learning experience.

Students

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.

After-Math: Careers

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.

Registration

Interested in studying Mathematics at Laurier? For registration information, please visit the Registrar's office admissions page, or e-mail our Chair, Dr. Ross Cressman.