Mathematics & Its Applications Specialist (Physical Science) (Science Program) - ASSPE1758

The Specialist in Mathematics & Its Applications (Physical Science) is directed toward students who enjoy Mathematics and who wish to use it to pursue studies in another Physical Science discipline. It can provide an entrée into the vast and rapidly growing array of subjects that rely on Mathematical techniques.

Students in this program have the option to complete the Arts & Science Internship Program (ASIP) stream.

Enrolment Requirements

This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

Students are encouraged to take their introductory calculus/analysis, algebra, physics, and computer programing in their first year of study ( MAT157Y1/​ MAT137Y1, MAT223H1/​ MAT240H1, MAT224H1/​ MAT247H1, PHY151H1, PHY152H1, CSC108H1, CSC148H1).

Completion Requirements

12.5-13.0 credits

Fundamentals for Mathematical Applications in the Physical Sciences

1. Calculus, Analysis and Proofs: 2.0 – 2.5 credits from MAT157Y1/​ ( MAT137Y1, MAT246H1), MAT235Y1/​ MAT237Y1/​ MAT257Y1
2. Algebra: 1.0 credit from MAT223H1/​ MAT240H1, MAT224H1/​ MAT247H1
3. Ordinary Differential Equations: MAT244H1/​ MAT267H1
4. Computer Programing: CSC108H1, CSC148H1
5. Probability and Statistics: STA257H1
6. Foundations of Physics: PHY151H1, PHY152H1
7. Foundations of Astronomy and Astrophysics: AST221H1

Ethical and Social Responsibility

8. 0.5 credit with a significant emphasis on ethics and social responsibility (list below)

Further Studies in the Physical Sciences:

9. Topics in Physics: 1.5 credits from AST222H1/​ PHY250H1/​ PHY252H1/​ PHY254H1/​ PHY256H1
10. Additional Topics: 1.5 credits from AST320H1/​ AST325H1/​ MAT337H1/​ MAT363H1/​ MAT367H1/​ PHY350H1/​ PHY354H1/​ PHY356H1/​ PHY357H1/​ PHY358H1

Further Studies in Mathematics

11. Groups and Symmetries: MAT301H1
12. Complex Variables: MAT334H1
13. Partial Differential Equations: 0.5 credit from APM346H1/​ MAT351Y1
14. Advanced Topics: 1.0 credit from APM421H1/​ APM426H1/​ APM441H1/​ APM446H1/​ PHY407H1/​ PHY408H1/​ PHY456H1


  • Not all courses listed have priority enrolment for students enrolled in this program. Students are responsible for checking priority of courses and meeting course prerequisites for courses they wish to take.
  • Each course can count toward only one requirement, even if listed as options to multiple requisites of the program.
  • CSC108H1 is waived for students who complete CSC148H1 first. If a student has not taken a year-long course in programming in secondary school, it is strongly recommended that students take CSC108H1 first.
  • Students may use CR/NCR on the course they use toward the ethics and social responsibility credit.
  • Students in their last year of study with a cGPA of 3.5 or higher may be permitted to take up to 1.5 credits of Math graduate courses. These courses may count toward specialist program requirements, where relevant (e.g., as courses “at the 400-level”). To review eligibility criteria and apply for graduate courses as an undergraduate student, find more information on the A&S Math website.

Courses accepted towards this program’s ethics requirement:
CSC300H1/​ CSE240H1/​ CSE270H1/​ EEB215H1/​ ENV200H1/​ ESS205H1/​ any ETH200+/ FOR201H1/​ HIS268H1/​ HPS200H1/​ HPS202H1/​ INS200H1/​ JPH441H1/​ PHL265H1/​ PHL271H1/​ PHL273H1/​ PHL275H1/​ PHL281H1/​ PHL295H1/​ SDS256H1/​ another suitable course with permission from the Associate Chair, Undergraduate