Mathematics (BA)

View everyday problems and complex issues from a mathematical perspective. In the Bachelor of Arts (BA) program, you’ll study mathematics in a broader context, including the social sciences, humanities and business. You can take up to two concentrations.

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Apply Your Learning

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Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll have access to in the Mathematics program:

Check out the Mathematics Experience Guide.

 

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UKE
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: mid 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Calculus and Vectors at 60%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admissions average.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Completed the first year of a college program:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BA program.

Completed a two-year diploma or two years of a three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 70% for part-time studies in a BA program.
  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BA program

Completed a two to three-year advanced diploma:

  • Minimum admission average of 75% for full-time studies in a BA program.
Note: Possession of the minimum admission average does not guarantee admission. Unless otherwise noted, you are considered for admission into full-time studies.
Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

About Mathematics 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.

As a Mathematics student, you’ll study why modern business models heavily depend on probability and statistics, first developed in analyzing astronomical and census data and gambling. This is just one example why mathematics has been, and will continue to be, of vital importance to the world we live in.

Our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics focuses on the mathematics and statistics used in the social sciences, the humanities and business. You can combine our Mathematics program with many other disciplines, including Economics. We also offer a program specifically in Financial Mathematics, in addition to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics, which emphasizes the role of mathematics and statistics in the natural and computer sciences.

Research and Funding Opportunities

Every year a few top undergraduate students receive a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).

A USRA enables you to work for one term, usually the summer, as a research assistant to a professor. It is meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering and to help you gain research experience.

Our best students are also hired as instructional assistants (IAs) for math labs.

Program Options and Courses

Concentrations

You can select elective courses in mathematics and statistics within six optional concentrations:

  • Analysis and Geometry
  • Computational Finance
  • Discrete Mathematics and Algebra
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Statistics and Data Analytics

Options and Minors

In addition to concentrating in a specific area, you can add one of our popular options or minors which will allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Economics Minor
  • Education Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Core
  • History and Philosophy of Science Minor
  • Management Option
  • Minors in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian or Arabic

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Introduction to Mathematical Proofs
  • Introductory Linear Algebra
  • 3.0 elective credits

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Geometry
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Numerical Analysis

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • actuary
  • biostatistician
  • data analyst
  • financial analyst
  • market research analyst
  • public health statistician
  • statistician
  • technical writer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.