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Mathematical Biology

Offered as a Bachelor of Science (BSc)

York offers Canada’s only degree in Mathematical Biology. At York, your studies in Mathematical Biology will give you will get a solid base of knowledge in mathematics with an emphasis on the applications of mathematics and computing in the medical, environmental, and public health fields. Your studies will begin with core courses in Mathematics and Statistics alongside introductory Biology and Chemistry courses. You will then specialize in areas like Mathematical Ecology, Medical Imaging, Public Health, Pharmaceutical Development, and many more. You may also combine your studies with a degree program in Science or Health.

You will demonstrate your learning outside of the lecture room. You can use the Experimental Math Space to study animal movement using robots or write simulations to model tree growth and infectious disease spread. You can intern with our world-renowned faculty and industry/government partners. You will have access to The Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM). In your fourth year, you will acquire real-life problem-solving skills in a required research project, in partnership with faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, and industry or government partners.

12U Requirements

  • English (ENG4U)
  • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
  • Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U) (recommended)


  • Highest level Biology
  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit:

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Linear Algebra and Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Problems, Conjectures and Proofs
  • Computing for Mathematics & Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

How to Apply

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.

Important Note: Deadlines for each entry period (Fall, Winter & Summer) can be found on the York University Future Students Website.


A degree from the Faculty of Science opens the door to many different pathways and opportunities. York Science offers an ideal learning environment to achieve your highest potential. Our programs are known for academic excellence, with professors who are committed to your success.

In this program, you will have substantial opportunities for
experiential education.

  • Research: You can participate in summer research with professors funded through the Research at York program (RAY) and the Undergraduate Student Research Award program (USRA). In fourth year, you can pursue research work for credit in specialized project courses.
  • Internships: You can integrate your classroom learning with hands-on, paid work after your third year for 4, 8, 12, or 16 months

Our Experiential Education Coordinator provides career support services to students looking to engage in experiential learning, including co-op and internship workshops, resume help, interview prep, and much more.

The Career Center at York offers free support and resources to students such as career development workshops, one-on-one appointments, networking events, and job boards.

Career Possibilities

  • Scientific Consultant
  • Pharmaceutical Research
  • Disease Prevention Specialist
  • Forestry, Conservation, Natural Resources
  • Post Graduate Studies
  • Oil and Gas
  • Armed Forces/Intelligence Agencies
  • Museums
  • City Planning
  • Education- high school, college, university
  • Researcher in Medicine or Environmental Studies