The Department of Mathematics is excited to offer two undergraduate programs. Both are designed to equip graduates with a solid theoretical foundation and practical quantitative skills.
Financial Mathematics Program
As one of the first universities in Canada to offer Financial Mathematics, our program brings together the best that mathematics and finance have to offer. The program is suitable for highly motivated students who are interested in applying mathematics in business and financial sectors.
Our students study courses from both the Mathematics and Finance departments of the university. The curriculum also provides maximum flexibility, including electives from Computer Science and Business.
Curriculum Overview: Ryerson University was among the first schools to offer a degree program focused on helping students understand mathematics and finance, and the relation between the two. Students not only build a solid foundation in mathematics, but also learn to speak the language of finance, and develop skill in using mathematics to solve problems specific to the financial sector.
First Year: Financial Mathematics students all share a common first and second year. The program begins with a solid foundation in mathematics and finance, with courses in calculus, accounting and finance. You’ll take complementary courses in communications, economics, computer programming, and Liberal Studies to round out your education.
Second Year: Students continue with a common second year. You'll also move onto intermediate courses in the fundamentals of mathematics and finance. There’s also room to take electives from Liberal Studies and open electives outside of mathematics, which are offered by other faculties.
Third & Fourth Year: In third year, you’ll continue taking core courses in math and finance, along with Liberal Studies and Open Electives. By the end of the fourth year, you’ll be taking courses in sophisticated mathematical and financial models and techniques used in the industry today.
Math and Its Applications Program
Our Mathematics and Its Applications program provides ample flexibility to choose the direction of your education. Students explore mathematics as a powerful tool to explain diverse phenomena around us, such as the spread of disease, relationship in social media networks, or movements in the stock market.
You’ll learn to identify patterns, use logic and solve complex problems. The program provides room to study electives both inside and outside of mathematics, including special options in Computer Science or Economics.
First Year: All MIA students share a common first year, which includes a range of foundational courses in math and science. Recognizing that a strong base in computer science is essential for the modern mathematician, there’s also an introduction to the use of computers as scientific tools. There’s also an orientation course to help you make a successful transition to university and plan your steps to degree completion. To broaden your education, you’ll also choose electives from Liberal Studies as well as open electives from outside of mathematics, which are offered by other faculties.
Second Year: In second year, you’ll continue studying a common core of mathematics courses. If you’re chosen either the Option in Computer Science or Economics, you’ll also start taking required courses in those subjects.
Third & Fourth Year: In years three and four, you’ll also start choosing from a list of Professional Courses, which allow you focus on specialized subjects in math — or if you’re taking the Option in either Computer Science or Economics, specialized topics in those fields. In fourth year, you’ll also have the option to work on a year-long undergraduate thesis in which you work 1:1 on a research project with a supervising faculty member.
In addition to the regular curriculum, students enrolled in the MIA program may choose to include one of two other curriculum options:
- Option in Computer Science: Includes extra required courses for students interested in exploring the relationship between mathematics and computer science.
- Option in Economics: Includes extra required courses for students interested in exploring the relationship between mathematics and economics.
If you do not choose either of these options, you will be enrolled in the regular option.