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Mathematics, Research Skills and Analysis

Math Applet video screen

Professor VanHoy's computer generated interactive math applets help students learn mathematical concepts visually. These applets are small simulations that apply to a single phenomenon that allow individuals to adjust controls and see the direct impact of adjustments in graphical representations. For example the simple math applet at will allow users to make direct modifications to variables in a sine or cosine function by using scroll bars, inputting different values, or changing html radio buttons. Changes can be seen instantly. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Humber College Centre for Teaching and Learning through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program (2015-2016). Professor VanHoy was the recipient of the innovation of the year award in 2017. 

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Research Analyst

Our program focuses on the theoretical, practical and technical underpinnings of research, while equipping students with the professional skills necessary to do research throughout the public and private sectors.


Why Mathematics?

Student success in many program areas at the college and subsequently in the work force is dependent upon the ability to apply a range of mathematical skills to problem solving. As part of their program requirements at Humber, many students must successfully complete a number of mathematics courses. Students in programs such as business, accounting, computers, electronics, mechanical engineering, etc. need to acquire advanced mathematics skills in order to meet the demands of their program and ultimately the world of work. As a result, the Mathematics Department at Humber offers a wide variety of courses ranging from numeracy to applied calculus, statistics and quantitative methods.

Mathematics courses are grouped into three categories: general mathematics, business mathematics, and technical mathematics. Each group of courses has been tailored to meet the needs of students in their chosen vocational programs. Courses in all three areas are structured to provide sequential skill development to help students develop and strengthen their abilities in mathematics.


Mathematics Department

Entrance/Placement Testing

Mathematics Requirements

Math HeadStart Program

What is the math computerized placement test (CPT)?

Any student who is admitted to a diploma program that requires a mathematics course is required to take the Arithmetic and Introductory Algebra assessment. Depending upon the program, the results of the assessment may be used for direct placement into the first math course, exemption from the first required math course, or placement in a remedial math course.

When do I find out if I have to take the test?

If you are required to write a math placement test, you will receive a letter or email before your program begins. It will tell you how to book a test and what you need to bring with you. Many of Humber’s programs in Business, Accounting, Hospitality and Tourism, and Technology contain one or more mathematics courses.

If your program starts: Expect an email or letter in:
Fall May-July
Winter October-December
Spring March-April

Will I have to write the test if I’m entering a postgraduate or degree program?

No. It’s not required.

How can I prepare for the math placement test?

The Math Head Start Program can help you prepare for the math placement test. It also contains sample questions similar to those seen in the math placement test.

What if I miss the deadline to write the CPT because I was accepted late?

If you were accepted to a Humber program after the testing deadline, bring your approval letter with you to the Humber Test Centre. We will waive the $50 late fee.

Humber North Campus Test Centre, Room B104
Humber Lakeshore Campus, Lab A235C

What if I haven’t done my CPT yet?

We encourage you to write the test as soon as possible since you will not be able to enrol in a math course until the testing is completed.

What if I have already taken the CPT?

If you have already taken the test as part of your initial admissions application to Humber, you do not need to take it again. However, if you are transferring from a business program to a technical program (or vice versa), you will need to take the placement test again.

What if I don’t do well on my math placement test?

We strongly encourage you to prepare for the test by reviewing our online sample questions. A low score does not affect your offer of admission (except in the GAS Science & Technology program). On the basis of the test results, we may require you to complete a remedial math course before you are permitted to enrol in your required math course(s). You may be charged an extra course fee for this remedial course.

I’ve taken the CPT; how do I find out which math course I’ve been placed in?

If your timetable shows BMTH 000 or TMTH 000, you have not been assigned a math class. After you have taken the placement test, your actual math class should show on your timetable at MyHumber.

If your timetable does not show an actual math course by the first week of class, and you have completed the placement test, please come to K201 (North) or A114 (Lakeshore) to be loaded into the correct math course.

Can I be exempted from the required math course(s) in my program based on the CPT?

A course exemption will not be granted for a math course based on high CPT test results, except for TMTH 125 and TMTH 110.

Where can I find math tutoring?

The Math Centre is a drop-in centre that offers FREE math help to all Humber and Guelph Humber full-time and part-time students. An appointment is not required. All you need is your calculator, textbook and notes to help ask your questions. Just visit either campus location, sign in, have a seat, and a tutor will be with you shortly.

Math Centre Website

NORTH Campus
LRC building,
3rd Floor
416.675.6622 ext. 76260
Please visit the website for current semester hours.
F Cottage, Room F201
416.675.6622 ext. 73663
Please visit the website for current semester hours.

If you are unable to drop in, you can also phone, email or chat with a tutor using the Live Support Online during Math Centre hours.

Email Support:
  Live Support Online:

What math topics can I get help with in the Math Centre?

The Math Centre can offer help with all math courses at Humber and will also try to help with the math component of other courses. Visit the Math Centre in person or online.
Accounting students should also visit the Accounting Centre (E221, North).

How can I apply to be a math tutor?

You must be a full-time Humber student with 80% or better in your math courses to apply as a peer tutor. Applications can be obtained from, and must be submitted, to the Counselling Department: North Campus, Room B112, Lakeshore Campus, Room H201. Students can also apply to become a tutor in the Math Centre.

For more information, visit the Peer Tutoring Office in Room B112 (North)/Room H201 (Lakeshore) or drop by the Math Centre in Room GH 203 (North)/F201 (Lakeshore).

How can I apply for a math course exemption?

Students may apply for exemption from the required mathematics course(s) in their program if they have satisfactorily completed (minimum grade of 60%) an equivalent mathematics course at another recognized post-secondary institution such as a college or university. To apply for this type of exemption, students should fill out the Transfer Credit Application Form and submit the form with the appropriate fee, official transcript and course outline to the Registrar’s Office. The application form and instructions are available from the Registrar’s Office or online at

Note: If you are submitting international documents, and you did not apply through the Ontario College Application Service, all international transcripts and course outlines must be translated by an official Comparative Education Service Department.

e.g. University of Toronto (416.978.2190)
International Credential Assessment Service (1.800.321.6021)
World Education Services (416.972.0070)

While waiting to hear the results of exemption applications, students should continue attending their math classes. Approximately two weeks after submission, students should check online at MyHumber to determine whether the exemption was granted. If the exemption was granted, students must officially withdraw from the course.

How can I apply for Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition?

Mature students may apply for exemption from a mathematics course based on their skills and past life experiences. To qualify under this option, students are required to show evidence of learning acquired through work, informal study, or other life experiences which have enabled them to master essential mathematical skills. Evidence of such learning and demonstration of the skills acquired must be presented in a portfolio that includes a covering letter highlighting appropriate experience.

To apply for this type of exemption, students should go to the Registrar's Office and fill out a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Application. The form can also be downloaded online at There is a fee (non-refundable) for all PLA requests, payable at the Registrar's Office upon submission of the portfolio. In some cases, PLA applicants may be asked to write a challenge test in addition to submitting the portfolio.

While waiting to hear the results of exemption applications, students should continue attending their math classes. Students should check their MyHumber to determine whether the credit was granted. If the credit was granted, students must officially withdraw from the course.

I have been granted a math course exemption, will I get a refund?

If you are a full-time student, you may be eligible for a refund if you drop courses and fall to part-time status. Please contact the Registrar’s Office directly to inquire about your fees.

How do I know which math courses are required in my program of study?

Your program curriculum will list which math courses you are required to take. This list can be obtained from your program department.

I have switched business programs/technology programs. Can I transfer over any of my math credits?

If you have already completed a business or technical math course while you were in another program at Humber, visit the Math Coordinator to determine if you can qualify for a math exemption. Conditions apply.

Kate Zhang

Program Coordinator, Mathematics
Office: LRC 5083
Phone Number: 416.675.6622 ext. 73429
Campus: North

Can I take two of the required math courses in my program at the same time?

Students are not permitted to take two math courses at a time as the prerequisite course must be completed first.

Who can I speak to about my math courses?

Questions related to mathematics courses can be sent to:

Kate Zhang

Program Coordinator, Mathematics
Office: LRC 5083
Phone Number: 416.675.6622 ext. 73429
Campus: North