Mathematics

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Degrees available

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts & Science
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Management

Campus

Lethbridge

Intake

Fall & Spring

Program description

Mathematics is the study of structure and patterns in numbers and shapes. It is an active research area, providing a language, theories and models to solve complex problems across a wide variety of scientific, industrial and economic sectors.

Over the past century, discoveries in pure mathematics have found unexpected applications in science, industry and finance, such as: secure internet transactions, Google, DNA sequencing and the stock market.

As a math student, you will study both pure and applied mathematics, giving you the opportunity to see real-world applications of your studies.

The program offers courses in four main areas: algebra, analysis, number theory and geometry, and statistics. Many students opt to combine math with courses in physics, computer science, chemistry, economics, management or other areas of interest.

A mathematics education provides a solid training that is sought after by employers and allows flexibility in your career choices. You will learn to tackle difficult problems employing a variety of theories and statistical models. You’ll also learn to communicate your expertise by combining your technical skills with a sound liberal education.

You will have access to state-of-the-art science and research facilities. Our computer labs feature the latest equipment and our small class sizes ensure access to your instructors whenever you need it.

Minors | Adding a minor to your degree is a great way to explore academic interests beyond your major. A minor is a set of courses comprising a secondary focus of interest. It is generally not related to your major. A minor may be required or optional. Pursue a second passion by adding a minor to your degree.

Honours thesis | If your GPA is high enough in your fourth year, you can opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. This is an excellent opportunity for you to earn an “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree.

Experience learning | Our students have a number of experiential learning opportunities available to them including co-operative education, international exchanges, independent and applied studies as well as volunteer opportunities. uLethbridge is the only university in Alberta to offer co-operative education to all majors in the arts & sciences, at both the undergrad and grad level.

Student clubs & activities | The Social Mathematicians Club hosts various social activities such as movie nights and Pi day. The Student Seminar Series offers research related talks and activities, giving you the opportunity to develop your communication skills and share your love for the subject. You can also be part of the next university team for Putnam, a prestigious North American undergraduate contest.

Skills acquired | This program will allow you to develop a variety of mathematical skills, such as: dealing with abstract concepts, analyzing and solving problems, constructing mathematical arguments, analyzing and interpreting data, finding patterns and drawing conclusions, applying mathematical theories to physical theories and using mathematical software. You will also learn to present arguments and conclusions with accuracy and clarity, organize your work and time effectively, as well as building on your critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills.

Related fields | Being a mathematician is touted as being the best of all jobs. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal published a study ranking mathematician, actuary and statistician as the top three careers. Other recent surveys grading job satisfaction according to income, job security, stress and work environment all ranked jobs involving mathematical reasoning and knowledge at the very top.

Possible careers

  • Researcher
  • Cryptologist
  • Statistician
  • Actuary
  • Economist
  • Investment Banker
  • Computer Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Physicist
  • Geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Astronomer
  • Ecologist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Biomathematician
  • Biostatistician
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Sales Manager

Professional Disciplines | Your undergraduate degree in mathematics provides an excellent foundation for engineering, architecture, business management and education.

Graduate Studies |
The University of Lethbridge’s School of Graduate Studies offers graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels spanning over 60 disciplines — so why not consider pursuing grad school right here in Lethbridge! Whether you choose to do your advanced studies at uLethbridge or another institution, know that your undergraduate degree has set you on the path to post-graduate success.

An undergraduate degree in mathematics can lead you to so many places. I chose grad school. I am a second-year student in the MSc in mathematics program at uLethbridge. After completing my Integrated Master's degree at NISER, India; I was determined to pursue a career in mathematics. This led me to join The Lethbridge Number Theory Group, which is one of the best number theory research groups in Canada. Here, I am working under the guidance of Dr. Habiba Kadiri and Dr. Nathan Ng on a research project related to Chebotarev's Density Theorem, which is a well-known result in Algebraic Number Theory. Apart from regularly giving talks on various mathematical topics, I have attended the Alberta Number Theory Days XI in Banff, which is held every year to discuss the research going on at multiple universities in Alberta. My uLethbridge experience has made me realize my potential for having a successful career in academia and following my Master's, I would like to continue pursuing this career in the form of a PhD.”
- Sourabh, MSc Mathematics

Sample classes

Course selections for the program will vary, but may include:

  • Calculus I-IV
  • Group and Ring Theory
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analysis I
  • Introduction to Probability & Statistics
  • Combinatorics
  • Geometry

Additional information

For current information on admission and program requirements, visit the Registrar's Office website.
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