The Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Mathematics is a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program that combines academic studies with paid work terms in the public, private, and/or non-profit sectors. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop the academic and professional skills required to pursue employment in these areas, or to continue on to graduate training in an academic field related to Mathematics upon graduation.
In addition to their academic course requirements, students must successfully complete the additive Arts & Science Co-op Work Term and Course requirements.
The Comprehensive Stream provides a broad and deep knowledge of mathematics at the undergraduate level. It is the recommended program for students who plan to pursue graduate study in mathematics, but it is also suitable for other career paths.
The Statistics Stream provides greater exposure to statistics, and the areas of mathematics most closely associated with it. This stream prepares students for careers in industry, or for graduate study in certain mathematically-oriented subjects, including statistics and financial mathematics.
The Teaching Stream is intended for students with a serious interest in mathematics but whose career objectives lie in mathematics education at the elementary or secondary level.
Enrolment in the Specialist (Co-operative) Program in Mathematics is limited. Students may apply to enter the program after completing 4.0 credits, and must meet the requirements described below:
1. Students already admitted to the UTSC Year 1 Mathematics admissions category:
Students that meet all of the following requirements will be admitted to a Mathematics Specialist POSt* of their choice:
a. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.5 over the following courses: CSC/MATA67H, MATA22H3, MATA31H3, and MATA37H3; and
b. A final grade of at least B in two of the following: CSC/MATA67H3, MATA22H3, and MATA37H3.
*Students must select one stream of the Mathematics Specialist.
2. Students admitted to other UTSC Year 1 admissions categories:
Students that have been admitted to other CMS admissions categories (Computer Science or Statistics) or any other of the UTSC Year 1 admissions categories are eligible to apply for a Mathematics Specialist POSt. Admission will be based on academic performance in the required A-level courses, identified above. The admission requirements change each year depending on available spaces and the pool of eligible applicants, and students are cautioned that there is no guarantee of admission; as such, students are strongly advised to plan to enroll in backup programs.
For more information about the admission requirements, please visit the following CMS webpage.
Current Co-op Students:
Students admitted to a Co-op Degree POSt in their first year of study must request a Co-op Subject POSt on ACORN upon completion of 4.0 credits. Students must have completed the required A-level CSC and MAT courses, and achieved the required grades, described in the Enrolment Requirements for the Specialist in Mathematics. In addition, they must also have achieved a CGPA of at least 2.5 across all attempted courses.
Prospective Co-op Students:
Prospective students (i.e., those not yet admitted to a Co-op Degree POSt) must meet the enrolment requirements noted above and have a CGPA of at least 2.5 across all attempted courses.
Students must submit a program request on ACORN. Deadlines follow the Limited Enrolment Program Application Deadlines set by the Office of the Registrar each year. Failure to submit the program request on ACORN will result in the student's application not being considered.
Academic Program Requirements
Students must complete the program requirements as described in the Specialist Program in Mathematics.
Co-op Work Term Requirements
Students must satisfactorily complete Co-op work term(s), as follows: three 4-month work terms, one 4-month work term and one 8-month work term, or one 12-month work term. To be eligible for their first work term, students must be enrolled in the Specialist (Co-op) Program in Mathematics and have completed at least 7.0 credits, achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and complete COPB50H3 and COPB51H3.
Students must be available for work terms in each of the Fall, Winter and Summer semesters and must complete at least one of their required work terms in either a Fall or Winter semester. This requires that students take courses during at least one Summer semester.
Co-op Course Requirements
In addition to their academic program requirements, Co-op students complete the following Co-op specific courses as part of their degree:
- Co-op Preparation courses: COPB50H3 and COPB51H3 (completed in first year)
- Work Term Search courses: COPB52H3 (semester prior to first work term), COPC98H3 (semester prior to second work term), and COPC99H3 (semester prior to third work term)
- Co-op Work Term courses: COPC01H3 (each semester a student is on work term)
These courses are designed to prepare students for their job search and work term experience, and to maximize the benefits of their Co-op work terms. They must be completed in sequence, and fall into three categories: Co-op Preparation courses (COPB50H3 & COPB51H3) are completed in first year, and cover a variety of topics intended to assist students in developing the skills and tools required to secure a work term; Work Term Search Courses (COPB52H3, COPC98H3, & COPC99H3) are completed in the semester prior to each work term, and support students while competing for work terms that are appropriate to their program of study, as well as preparing students for the transition into and how to succeed the workplace; Co-op Work Term courses (COPC01H3) are completed during each semester that a student is on work term, and support students’ success while on work term, as well as connecting their academics and the workplace experience.
Co-op courses are taken in addition to a full course load. They are recorded on transcripts as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) and are considered to be additive credit to the 20.0 required degree credits. No additional course fee is assessed as registration is included in the Co-op Program fee.
For information on fees, status in Co-op programs, and certification of completion of Co-op programs, see the 6B.5 Co-operative Programs section or the Arts and Science Co-op section in the UTSC Calendar.