Mathematics and Statistics


The scope of Mathematics ranges from Computer Science to Philosophy, from Physics to Finance. Mathematics emphasizes precision and logic, but also creativity and problem solving. Students heading for Law or Medicine are well-served by a first degree in Mathematics. Other graduates move into the financial sector or high technology. Some graduates choose to go on to advanced degrees, not only in Mathematics, but also in Statistics, Computer Science, Meteorology or Physics.

The department offers 3-year and 4-year BA and BSc degrees, and the Honours BSc. It features one of the highest levels of research activity in the University, and offers students a unique glimpse into the ongoing creation of mathematics. 

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The study of Statistics is concerned with the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. As a student of Statistics, one may take courses in the areas of theoretical statistics and probability theory, where stress is placed on the logical development of statistical methods. One may also take courses in the more applied areas which deal with the application of statistical methods as a framework for interpreting data. In addition, the Statistics Department offers courses in Operations Research and Stochastic Modeling which are applicable in telecommunications, transportation, and manufacturing systems. Computer programs are often used in the analysis of large data sets and in simulation; therefore, it is advisable for students to gain some knowledge of statistical computing and programming. 

The Statistics Department offers 3-Year and 4-Year BA or BSc degree programs. Students who are not Statistics Majors will find that a background in statistics is valuable in many areas, in which the use of statistical methods to test theories and develop models is increasing; for some programs, certain Statistics courses are required. 

Statistical techniques are in wide use in virtually every branch of the Physical, Social, Biological, and Human Sciences. Statisticians often work in close cooperation with specialists in other fields to assist in the design and analysis of research data. A statistician may assist economists in the analysis of consumer prices, as well as with the design and analysis of large-scale socio-economic surveys. A statistician may help biologists, chemists or engineers in the design and analysis of experiments, or work with doctors to test the effectiveness of new drugs. Other opportunities can be found in finance, marketing, and quality management, as well as in research facilities where statisticians develop new and better statistical methods. Many statisticians find employment with private corporations and government agencies including Statistics Canada.  

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The University of Winnipeg's Tutoring Centre provides one-to-one and small group tutoring in Applied Computer Science (ACS), Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Writing.