Department of Applied Mathematics

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Chair of Undergraduate Affairs
Dept. of Applied Mathematics
The University of Western Ontario
Middlesex College, 1151 Richmond St. North
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7

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Undergraduate Studies at UWO Applied Mathematics

Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Academic Counseling

with Dr. Bogdan Tudose

Please email Dr. Tudose with your request. For Special Permissions, email the instructor with your request, then have it redirected to Dr. Tudose.


The Department of Applied Mathematics offers honors programs leading to a 4-year B.Sc. degree and 3-year programs leading to a B.Sc. degree. Students enter the programs at the second year level after the successful completion of a first year program. The department's policy in its undergraduate teaching is that an applied mathematician must be a skillful mathematician with good training in at least one of the natural or social sciences. The emphasis in the teaching of the department is on the mathematical description and solution of problems in different fields of application, rather than on the study of the abstract topics of pure mathematics. A sound training in the use of computers is part of our undergraduate programs. We can summarize the program offerings of the Department of Applied Mathematics here. There's more program details listed in the calendar (see links below).

Our selection of undergraduate courses allows you to easily focus your application areas to any of the following fields:

Biomathematics:   In the last century, our understanding of biology has sky-rocketed, and so has the need for sophisticated mathematical tools to understand and model this expanding new universe. Research in our department includes diverse topics such as the evolution of drug-resistance in HIV, blood flow through the arteries, neural networks and predator-prey interactions. Students interested in this area are advised to take a major in Applied Mathematics and a minor which incorporates Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and/or Genetics. Our flagship course is AM311, An Introduction to Mathematical Biology.

Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis:   "Number crunching" is a fairly well-known phrase. Performing a calculation accurately and quickly is a challenging problem in mathematics as well as computer science, because the fastest computer in existence cannot solve a problem without an algorithm to find the solution. The study and analysis of methods for solving mathematical problems in science and engineering is called numerical analysis. Students can study this topic by itself as part of a major in applied mathematics, but it also makes a useful addition to any major that uses computation - from engineering to economics.

Financial Mathematics:   Financial mathematics is about using mathematical tools to quantify financial risks. It is used by Wall- and Bay- street traders as well as by analysts employed by Banks, Pension Funds, and Mutual Funds. Work in this area requires graduate work at the Master's level or beyond. Excellent preparation for Master's programs in this area would be a major in Applied Math or, better, our Major in Scientific Computing and Numerical Methods, combined with a major in Statistics and perhaps a Minor in Probability or in Operations Research.

Theoretical Physics:   Members of the theoretical physics group are involved in the mathematical aspects of physical systems. The tools we use range from analytical calculations to high performance computing. Our interest span the whole spectrum of length scales that occur in nature: From very small distances associated with elementary particles, through the nanometer length scales relevent in modern material physics all the way up to cosmological distances where black holes and gravitational waves occur. Students interested in this area can take our Major in Theoretical Physics described in the calendar below, with courses chosen in consultation with a faculty member working in this area.

Most of our undergraduate programs and requirements are listed in the University calendar and you can follow the link below to get a full description:

In addition to the programs listed in the calendar there is also the

Engineering and Applied Mathematics Concurrent Degree:   The Faculty of Engineering, jointly with the Department of Applied Mathematics, offers an accelerated concurrent degree program that takes five years rather than the seven years if both degrees were completed separately. For further information, please contact a counsellor in Applied Mathematics.

Summer Research Projects:   Applied Mathematics undergraduates are frequently employed doing research in the department during the summer months (and even during the school year on a part-time basis). These students earn money but equally importantly they gain experience to help them choose a future career. Click here for details about the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA).

Awards and Bursaries: The Department of Applied Mathematics has various merit-based and needs-based awards for undergraduate students. Please click here for a full listing.

If you have any questions or comments or you would like to e-mail to an Applied Mathematics counsellor, please email apmaths-counsel [at] uwo [dot] ca or call 519-661-3649.

If you are looking for a tutor, try the Tutor Referral Service. Many of our graduate students are listed there.