Why Study Math At SFU?


Engage your curiosity with world-class instructors in an active research environment.

SFU’s Department of Mathematics has a reputation as one of the most progressive, broad-based mathematical science departments in Canada. You’ll learn from celebrated instructors in an active research environment.


Award-winning Instructors

The faculty and instructors in SFU’s Department of Mathematics are not only passionate researchers—they regularly win awards for their creative and inspiring teaching. Whether in the classroom or in a research setting, they are approachable and here to help you succeed.



Math gives you a powerful set of tools to understand, describe and change the world around you—including logical reasoning, abstract thinking, mathematical modeling, and computational analysis. You’ll be equipped to make an impact in tech, medicine, communication, economics, engineering, law, and beyond.

“I entered the workforce pretty much immediately after I graduated. I began working in web analytics with no real idea what it was, but the company gave me an opportunity to grow based on my mathematics background.”

- Michelle Leung, BSc (’13), Web Analytics Practice Lead


Research Opportunities

This is an active research community and you can be a part of it during your undergraduate degree. Work closely with faculty while building relevant skills and your academic CV. SFU mathematics students regularly receive funding and awards to pursue research.

“I really enjoyed the research element of my undergraduate. I did an NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and spent entire summers working on research problems. I entered my Master’s program pretty well prepared because I had more than usual research experience in my undergraduate.”

- Charlotte Trainor, BSc (’17), MSc Student at University of British Columbia


Student Life

The mathematics department is a dynamic, vibrant place to be. Events, lectures, workshops—there is always something going on. Peer mentors and a dedicated advising team help you succeed, and our flourishing Co-op program equips you with on-the-job experience long before most other students enter the job market.



[math west], our dedicated community and learning space for math students, opened in 2017. This is a hub of learning, computing, studying, and discussing. Three state-of-the-art teaching spaces host regular workshops, tutorials, and lectures. The Community Zone is a place to connect with TAs, fellow students, and to explore ideas in an informal setting.