Mathematics MAJOR


As a math major, you are a problem solver who is curious about patterns and the ways that abstract concepts connect. You know that hard work leads to results—and you’re ready for that challenge.

Logical reasoning and analysis, using evidence to produce trustworthy data, a willingness to persistently try multiple options to solve a problem—learn these skills as a mathematics major and then apply them in a variety of careers, including research, tech and tech start-ups, financial advising and insurance.

Career Ideas

What to expect

In our small classrooms, you learn to work collaboratively and to communicate about mathematical concepts such as sets, infinity, prime numbers, topology and groups. You also learn the importance of mathematical reasoning and devise strategies to prove a variety of mathematical statements with clarity and coherence.

When you take introductory courses, you build a foundation in calculus and linear algebra, two of the major areas of mathematics. In your second year, you explore mathematics more deeply and begin to develop an understanding of mathematical proof.

By the time you enter your third and fourth years, your understanding of algebra and calculus are proof based. You undertake applied mathematics, and you study the history of mathematics to understand the context of the discipline's development. In your fourth year, you participate in research-based courses that focus on areas such as topology, Galois theory and dynamical systems. As well, you can choose to take a unique mathematical topic that is not a part of the regular curriculum, but that allows you to explore your own mathematical interests.

Courses and requirements

This major is open to students in the Bachelor of Science. Courses for your major are only one component of the degree requirements you need to graduate. To see all courses required for the major, check the program of study in the academic calendar.

Requirements can change from year to year. You will follow the program of study outlined in MacEwan University's Academic Calendar for the year you declare your major/minor or the year you are accepted into an honours program.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar
Declare your major/minor

Academic advisors in the Faculty of Arts and Science have prepared resources to help you understand how your major/minor fits within overall degree coursework. Consult the academic planning information to choose and enrol in courses and complete the major/minor declaration process.