# Program FAQ

Throughout your first year at McMaster, you may hear about specializations in Math & Stats. The following are some frequently-asked questions from Math & Stats gateway students:

Q1: What does a specialization actually mean?

Choosing a specialization means your coursework will be focused along a more structured path, especially in Level 3 and 4.

There are three main specializations:

A specialization is not required and you do not need it to focus your degree in a particular area of interest.

If you choose not to specialize, your program will be called Mathematics and Statistics

Q2: What if want to focus on math AND something else?

Programs offers jointly with Math & Stats include:

Q3: What do I need to do THIS year?

For all programs (including specs), you will need:

Calculus: Math 1X03,1XX3 (grade of at least C+)

Linear Algebra: Math 1B03

Mathematical Reasoning: Math 1C03

Mathematical Scientific Computation: Math 1MP3

15 units from other courses (including 3 from the Science Course List)

Check out the academic calendar for more info.