Math and computer science courses and programs | Mount Allison


The academic calendar lists specific degree requirements for various programs.

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Geocomputing is an exciting new interdisciplinary BA program being offered at Mount Allison. Geocomputing is a joint major BA program that will give students expertise to study and understand spatial dimensions of social and environmental problems.  It is an applied program that combines theory and practice of computing and geography, and offers students a new way to look at the world.  

Interest in computer science has increased in recent years, with many students hoping to use their computer science skills to enhance another area in which they are interested.  Geocomputing offers students a unique way to combine geographical and environmental skills with training in computer science. 

Sequence of upper-year courses

The following is the intended sequence of upper year course offerings for the next two years. Note that many factors could change this plan slightly.


2021 – 2022

 Math 3031 History of Mathematics
 Math 3161 Complex Variables
 Math 3211 Modern Algebra I
 Math 3251 Graph Theory
 Math/Econ 3301 Game Theory
 Math/Comp 3411 Numerical    Analysis
 Math/Phys 3451 Math Methods for Physics
Math 3991 Modelling of infectious diseases
Math 4111 Topology
Math 4221 Modern Algebra II
Math/Comp 4651 Cryptography

2022 – 2023

2022 – 2023
Math 4011 Set Theory and Introductory Category Theory
Math 3141 Vector Calculus
Math 3131 Differential Equations II
Math 3221 Advanced Linear Algebra
 Math 3231 Number Theory
 Math/Econ 3301 Game Theory
 Math 3311 Probability and Statistics I
 Math/Phys 3451 Math Methods for Physics
Math/Comp 4631 Theory of Computation


Computer science

2021 – 2022

Comp/Phys 3361 Digital Signal Processing

Comp/Math 3411 Numerical Analysis

Comp 3611 Algorithm Analysis

Comp 3811 Database Systems

Comp 3851 Computers and Society

Comp 3911 Operating Systems

Comp/Math 4651 Cryptography

Comp 4911 Computer Networks

2022 – 2023

Comp 3611 Algorithm Analysis

Comp 3651 Artificial Intelligence

Comp 3711 Principles of Programming Languages

Comp 3721 Object –Oriented Design

Comp 3971 Computer Organization and Architecture

Comp/Math 4631 Theory of Computation

Comp 4721 Software Design

Registering for calculus

2021 onward

  • MATH 1151 (Applied Calculus) will be offered
  • MATH 1111 (Calculus I) will not be offered

Students may use MATH 1151 as a prerequisite for MATH 1121 (Calculus II) any MtA program that currently requires MATH 1111 has agreed to accept MATH 1151 in its place.

MATH 1151-A and 1151-B will have online lectures (due to COVID-19 room capacity restrictions). Students are also required to register for a lab section. Lab section 115L-7 is the ONLY lab being offered online. All other labs will be in-person on campus. See schedule below.

Math 1151 labs Fall 2021

In-person labs

  • 115L-1 (T 2:30-3:50)
  • 115L-2 (T 4:00-5:20)
  • 115L-3 (W 2:30-3:50)
  • 115L-4 (W 4:00-5:20)
  • 115L-5 (Th 2:30-3:50)
  • 115L-6 (Th 4:00-5:20)

Scheduled Online lab

  • 115L-7 (Fr 2:30-3:50)

Math Assessment Test

Students registering in MATH 1151 are required to pass a Math Assessment Test (each student has two attempts). 

We encourage students to complete the Math Assessment Test online during the summer.  Generally, students who struggle with the Math Assessment Test, also struggle with calculus. Students who do not pass the Math Assessment Test after two attempts can take MATH 1011  to help prepare them for success in calculus.

If you have any questions, please contact the mathematics program advisor at math@mta .


Subject to change- Courses as listed in CONNECT are considered the most up to date.

Winter 2022

Challenge for Credit

Mount Allison University may recognize prior learning for certain courses through challenge for credit when students have obtained a proficiency or intellectual skills in the subject matter through training or experience rather than through high school, college, or previous university instruction.

Only students who have been admitted to, or are currently registered in, a degree program at Mount Allison University may challenge for credit.

Please note:

  • A student who wishes to challenge a course must complete the Challenge for Credit form (link here) at least one month before the beginning of the fall or winter term.
  • See academic calendar regulation 3.11 for regulations, procedures, and eligibility.
  • There is a fee of $375 to challenge for credit.
  • If approved, the student will be contacted by the registrar's office for arrangements for examination.
Further Important Information

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science currently offers in-person Challenge for Credit in:
Math 1111 Calculus I
This course introduces differential calculus. Topics include derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, and exponential functions and applications such as curve sketching, related rates, and optimization problems. [Note 1: This course has a Challenge for Credit option; see Calendar Section 3.11] (Format: Lecture 3 Hours, Laboratory 1.5 Hours)(Distribution: Natural Science-a) (Exclusion: MATH 1151; any version of MATH 1111 previously offered with a different title)

If successfully challenged, a student will receive credit for MATH 1111, without having to take the course. You will write a comprehensive examination what covers the entire content of MATH 1111 (Calculus I), held before or during the first week of the fall or winter semester on campus.  You must achieve a grade of C- or higher to succeed in the challenge.  

Below is a sample exam:

Math 1111 currently uses the textbook “Essential Calculus – Early Transcendentals” (2nd Ed) by James Stewart and covers material from Chapters 1-4 inclusive (excluding Sections 3.6 and 4.6).