The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is an integral part of the University of Lethbridge. Our computer science, math, and statistics faculty and instructors are top of the line, with credentials to rival other universities in and outside of Canada. We offer a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Applied Statistics, Computer Science, and Mathematics. Both Master's and Doctoral levels of study are also available. Department faculty are currently working with students studying at each of these levels, many of whom are graduate students from all over the world.
Undergraduate students may have opportunities to do research projects with our faculty, using modern facilities, for hands-on experience. Several department faculty have independent research programs supported by agencies such as NSERC and IBM Canada, and at times, there may be collaboration with other disciplines.
The challenge of doing an independent study (earn course credit as you undertake a self-directed reading course with faculty supervision) or an applied study (university credit earned while doing a paid job) are also available to interested students.
Or perhaps you might prefer a co-op internship through the university’s CAFCE accredited Co-op Program, the only one of its kind in Alberta. This allows you to gain work experience directly related to your studies and network with potential employers, all the while earning a competitive salary. In addition to receiving the co-op designation on your degree, you get a kick-start to your career!
What is computer science at the university level all about? Simply put, it’s the study of algorithms and data structures, and their applications in designing new and efficient solutions to industrial, technological, environmental and/or social problems.
The program is designed to help you gain theoretical knowledge and practical experience, including access to state of the art hardware and software in our computer labs whenever you need.
In addition to our major in computer science, there is now a multidisciplinary major offered jointly with the Department of Geography, Geographical Information Science. It combines the technical and practical methodologies of GIS with the systems analysis and design skills from computer science.
A high GPA opens the door for you in the fourth year of your undergraduate degree to opt for an undergraduate thesis course. The “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree is considered quite an accomplishment! In addition to the Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree, we offer graduate work at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.
What to do with a computer science degree? Digital forensics, computational linguistics, robotics, mobile app design, computer music, software development, telecommunications, 3-D printing, web services development, environmental engineering, and health and bioinformatics to name a few.
Drop by the department and visit with any of our computer scientists who will gladly answer questions and probably try to sway you to “go computer science!”
The Major in Applied Statistics
Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. Application of statistical techniques is an essential part of decision-making -- examined in a wide range of disciplines such as astronomy, biology, education, economics, geography, engineering, genetics, marketing, medicine, psychology, public health, and sports.
The program has three possible concentrations:
Each of these disciplines makes extensive use of statistics in the analysis of real-world data. The strength of the Major in Applied Statistics with a concentration in one of the disciplines listed is that it brings together statistical resources and training from multiple departments to benefit students in the program. Learn more.
Are you curious about math at the university level and want to know what it's all about? Simply put, it’s the study of structure and patterns in numbers and shapes.
As a math student, you may study both pure and applied mathematics—what’s the difference? Pure mathematics is mathematics that studies entirely abstract concepts, and has sometimes been known as speculative mathematics. Applied mathematics is a branch of mathematics that concerns itself with mathematical methods typically used in science, engineering, business, and industry—mathematicians working on practical problems, in other words real world applications of your theoretical studies. There are four main areas: algebra, analysis, number theory, and geometry. We throw statistics into this group as well.
A high GPA opens the door for you in the fourth year of your undergraduate degree to opt to complete an undergraduate thesis course. The “Honours Thesis” designation on your degree is considered quite an accomplishment! In addition to the Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree, we also offer graduate work at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.
So what can you do with a degree in mathematics? Researcher, teacher, cryptologist, statistician, physicist, geologist, meteorologist, astronomer, biomathematician, engineer, architect, or business manager, just to name a few.
Drop by the department and visit with any of our faculty, who will gladly answer questions and probably try to sway you to “go math!”
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a Bachelors of Science in both disciplines, as well as Master’s and Doctorate level degrees. We currently boast 30+ graduate students, with more applications arriving for the upcoming semester.
What makes a good graduate student?
- Interest in research and in expanding knowledge
- Ability to work independently
- Self-motivation and hard work
- Good communication skills
For further information on how to apply, please see our website.
- The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) was created in 1996 by the community of mathematical scientists in Alberta and British Columbia, and subsequently extended to both Washington State and Saskatchewan. It is a multi-million dollar venture, with various universities being awarded funding for projects, conferences, speakers, post doctoral positions, graduate scholarships, etc.
One of the University of Lethbridge’s former mathematics professors, Dr. Dragos Ghioca, was instrumental in establishing the University of Lethbridge's involvement in PIMS. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science became a member of PIMS in 2012, and is now a satellite office of the group. Dr. Amir Akbary is the site director and Barb Hodgson (dept admin support) is the site administrator.
Our mandate is to promote research in and applications of the mathematical sciences, to facilitate the training of highly qualified personnel, to enrich public awareness of and education in the mathematical sciences, and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries (with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim). PIMS funds Collaborative Research Groups, Post-Doctoral Fellowships and individual events on a competitive basis.
The department currently has two post-doctoral fellows in-house, sponsored by PIMS. Several financial awards have been granted to faculty and graduate students in the department.
Colloquium Speaker Series: special guest speakers on various topics. Usually held Fridays at noon during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar Series: offered each Monday at noon during the Fall and Spring semesters, with local and invited speakers who address this specific subject matter.
Optimization Research Presentations: offered occasionally, with presentations during the Fall and Spring semesters by U of L graduate students and invited speakers.
PIMS: distinguished visitors and speakers; outreach programs; funded by the PIMS organization.
See the NoticeBoard for more details on upcoming events.