What is Pure Mathematics?
Go beyond the basics and find the answers to the “how’ and “why” behind the mathematics. Pure mathematics is the foundation of all mathematical reasoning. If first-year calculus teaches you how to drive the car, Pure Mathematics teaches you how to build one! You can use this program as a springboard into a career in information technology, finance, business, science, education, and insurance, or go on to graduate studies at some of the world’s most prestigious universities.
Not only is Alex pursuing a double major in Pure Math and Combinatorics and Optimization, he’s also putting his love of math into action. He spent a hands-on summer as a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) undergraduate award winner, traveled to Budapest for a term abroad, and is an active participant in on-campus events like datathons and Hack the North.
“The satisfaction from understanding an idea at a deeper level and tying together unrelated branches of mathematics or physics for the first time is the most rewarding part of learning and understanding mathematics. What I really enjoy is developing a deep understanding of a mathematical concept from many different perspectives.”
Your first year
All first-year students take a common selection of math courses called core courses. Normally in the fall term, students take:
- Classical Algebra (MATH 135 or MATH 145),
- Calculus 1 (MATH 137 or MATH 147), and
- Computer Science (CS) (one of CS 115, CS 135, or CS 145).
- A communications course
- One non-math elective*
*Note: For suggested electives and more information please visit our course selection page.
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Contact Ross Willard for more information.