Commerce vs. Math and Finance: what’s the difference?

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Math and Finance, offered only at Marianopolis, is the newest profile of the College’s highly respected Social Science program. Another Social Science profile is Commerce. Learn what makes each of the two unique:

Both are for students who love and excel in math.

  • Math and Finance is for those who are interested in university studies in Actuarial Science, Mathematics or Statistics, or that focus on the mathematical models of Economics and Finance.
  • Commerce is for those who are interested in university studies in Accounting, Management, Marketing and other business programs.

There are four main differences between the two.

  • The number of Math courses
    • Math and Finance students take five Math courses (Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, Probability & Statistics, Calculus III)
    • Students in Commerce take three Math courses (Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra)
  • The level of Math courses
    • The three Math courses with the same title in the two profiles (Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra) have different course codes. The Math and Finance versions are at Science level, which means that more theory, more challenging problems and more topics are covered than in the Commerce versions, which are Social Science level. Applications for the Math and Finance courses are still drawn from Business, Economics and Finance, even if the math is Science level.
  • The Integrative Project
    • For students in the Math and Finance profile, the Calculus III: Multivariable Calculus and Probability course includes preparation to write the first Society of Actuaries Exam (Exam P, Probability).
  • Quantitative Methods
    • Math and Finance students take Probability & Statistics instead of Quantitative Methods.
    • Commerce students take Quantitative Methods, as do all other Social Science students.

Both can lead to exciting university programs.

Graduates of either profile are eligible for admission to Business programs, including Accounting, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management and Marketing, as well as communications, education, humanities, law and liberal arts and humanities.

Math and Finance students are especially well-prepared for math-intensive fields such as Actuarial Science, Economics, Finance, Mathematics and Statistics.

Both help you prepare for dynamic careers.

Depending on the type of university program that a Math and Finance graduate chooses, career options may include Actuary, Economist, Financial Advisor, Mathematician or Statistician, among others.

Students who complete university studies in Business are particularly suited to pursue careers in fields such as Accounting, Banking, Business Administration, Human Resources, Industrial Relations Management and Marketing, among others.

For more information about Math and Finance, please contact Mathematics Chair Louise Nobile or Social Science and Commerce Chair Norma Vite-Leon.