Have you always been fascinated by computers and the complex mathematical algorithms governing their processes? Do you want to turn your passion for mathematics into a career creating real-world applications and tangible technologies? Majoring in the Specialized Honours BSc in Computational Mathematics will expose you to the core principles of how computers are used to solve and run everyday things as the internet, various common technologies and the application of scientific theory to practice. You will further be able to focus your studies and choose between specialization in Applied and Industrial Mathematics or Financial Mathematics.
Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Computational Mathematics. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Computational Math degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Computational Math than others.
- Banking Software Engineer
- Business Advisor
- Business Analyst
- Computer Engineer
- Computer Programmer
- Computer Modelling Specialist
- Commodities Trader
- Corporate Strategist
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Crimes Investigator
- Financial Lawyer
- Financial Policy Advisor
- Hardware Designer
- Hedge Fund Manager
- Insurance Product Developer
- International Security Analyst
- Investment Banker
- Market Researcher
- Media Correspondent
- Medical Researcher
- Operations Manager
- Payroll Manager
- Pension Fund Manager
- Project Manager
- Risk Analyst
- Software Developer
- System Operations Researcher
- Website Developer
It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.
Skills Developed through a Computational Mathematics Degree
A background in Computational Mathematics ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Computational Mathematics degree can help you develop:
Core Computational Mathematics Skills
- Comprehension of computer systems and the fundamentals of computer science.
- Deep understanding of mathematical principles and their application in contemporary technologies and research and development.
- A strong grasp of statistics and its application to computer technologies and applied mathematics.
- Familiarity with modern research methods and procedures.
Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills
- Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
- The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
- The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
- The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
- The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work
Management and Teamwork
- The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
- Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
- The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
Professional Associations and Organizations
Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field. The following is a selection of organizations related to the field of Computational Mathematics that you may want to visit as you research career options for Computational Mathematics graduates.
- Canadian Mathematical Society (https://cms.math.ca/)
- Canadian Association of Computer Science (http://cacsaic.org/)
- International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (www.iacsit.org/)
- Mathematical Association of America (www.maa.org)
- York University Computational Mathematics website (http://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/computational-math) and (http://www1.math.yorku.ca/new/content/computational-mathematics)