Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics, Statistics, and all related programs

Mathematics (MAT) is much more than numbers and formulae! It is a highly creative field of study that marries precision with intuition and imagination with logic, to produce problem-solving tools. Advances in mathematics lie behind many discoveries that drive the most current technological innovation. The Honours, Major and Minor in Mathematics provide a fundamental training, while the Joint Honours in Computer Science and Mathematics adds computing skills. For the latter program, admission is through the Faculty of Engineering. Many students do federal government internships and research during their degree. Our programs can be completed in either English, French or a combination of both, a unique offering in Canada.

Doing Mathematics (MAT) and Statistics (STA) means…

  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Proving propositions and theorems
  • Analyzing data
  • Identifying patterns
  • Understanding and modelling phenomena
  • Simulating and computing
  • Writing and presenting what you learned
Career Opportunities

What kind of career could I pursue?

  • Teacher
  • Statistician and Data Scientist
  • Actuary
  • Analyst: of data, computers, economics, operations
  • Researcher: in industry, government or university
  • Computer programmer
  • Communications or information security

Or maybe a career in …

  • Analysis of:
    • Finance
    • Risk
  • Mathematical modeling in:
    • Applied sciences (biology, chemistry, engineering)
    • Economics
    • Medicine (epidemiology, physiology, and more)

Mathematicians are specialists in problem solving!

Mathematics and Statistics lead to some of the best careers!

The CareerCast reports in 2019 that the best jobs (environment, salary and job satisfaction) are :

1 - Data Scientist

2 - Statistician

3 - University Professor

7 - Information Security Analyst

8 - Mathematician

9 - Operations Research Analyst

10 - Actuary

Where do our students work?

  • Statistics and Data Science : government agencies (Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Environment Canada, NAV Canada, Canadian Border and Security Agency)
  • Financial Mathematics and Economics : financial industry (TD Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Canada, Export and Development Canada)
  • (Bio)statistics, Applied Mathematics: research hospitals (CHEO, Heart Institute)
  • Pure Mathematic: Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS)

What can I do with your studies in Mathematics or Statistics?

Our Programs

Studying Math and Stats at uOttawa

10 different programs:

  • Honours with specialization, major, or minor in
    • Mathematics
    • Statistics
  • Joint Honours (multidisciplinary) programs with
    • Computer Science (CSI)
    • Physics (PHY)
    • Economics (ECO)
    • Financial Mathematics and Economics (MFE)
  • Plus many combinations: honours double major, or specialization with minor, or major with minor.
  • A Data Science Program was launched in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering, where you request admission.


  • A minor can be a perfect complement to your Specialization in Mathematics or Statistics: it can be the field where you will put your analytical skills to work!
  • The Specialization in Statistics is accredited by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC); graduates have attained the academic requirements of the professional title AStat (Associate Statistician).
  • The BSc in Financial Mathematics and Economics also prepares you for the first two actuarial exams, and contains essential courses accredited by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Program Structure

First year

  • Linear Algebra
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Mathematical Reasoning and Proof

You add:

  • Computer Science if in Honours MAT, STA, Data Science or MAT- CSI
  • Physics if in PHY-MAT
  • Economics (if in MAT-ECO or Financial Math and Eco)
  • Management (if in Financial Math and Eco)
  • The rest are electives – explore!

Second year

  • Lots of core courses in common across all MAT and STA programs
    • Can join the coop program (minimum GPA required)

Third year

  • Many optional courses, classes of 5 to 20 students
  • Core courses for graduate school

Fourth year

  • Courses at the frontiers of modern research in mathematics and statistics
  • Can do an honours project with a professor in the department


  • French Immersion studies (take some math courses in French!)
  • Coop (Four work terms, including possibly research work terms in the department. Gain experience working for the government or in industry.)
  • Research opportunities (through various scholarships and programs, during the summer or during the trimester, starting in second year, with professors in the department)
  • International opportunities (research programs and exchange programs)
  • Variety of grants and scholarships
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