The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences requires three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).

The course is offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Admission requirements

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Successful completion of either SACE Stage 2 (Year 12) Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics or International Baccalaureate Mathematics (SL or HL) is normally required for entry to the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.

The Faculty also offers the Bachelor Mathematical Sciences (Honours) - 4 years.

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of applied mathematics and statistics
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • an ability to critically analyse and evaluate mathematical and statistical information, to create models and solve problems
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as a mathematician.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a mathematically-related field or in other areas where the
range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the award, students will be able to:

  • proficiently use mathematical skills and knowledge to analyse and systematically develop complex systems
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the mathematical sciences discipline
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other mathematicians and the wider global community
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • develop mathematical solutions that address problems arising from a variety of social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts
  • engage in the process of continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of mathematics and statistics.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences, a student must complete 108 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

No more than 45 units of First Year topics may be counted towards the degree.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Students achieving a credit level average or better at the end of third year will be eligible to transfer to the fourth year of the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours) program.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)
STAT1121  Data Science  (4.5 units)
STAT1132  Statistics 1  (4.5 units)
ENGR1401 Professional Skills (4.5 units)

Plus one of:

COMP1102 Computer Programming 1 (4.5 units) OR
ENGR1721 Engineering Programming (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of elective topics from across the University

Core - Year 2 topics

36 units comprising:

MATH2701  Principles of Analysis  (4.5 units)
MATH2702  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  (4.5 units)
MATH2711  Several Variable Calculus  (4.5 units)
MATH2712  Algebra  (4.5 units)
STAT2701  Statistical Project  (4.5 units)
STAT2702  Probability  (4.5 units)
COMP2781 Computer Mathematics (4.5 units)

Plus 4.5 units of elective topics from across the University

Core - Year 3 topics

36 units comprising:

MATH3701  Numerical Analysis  (4.5 units)
MATH3702  Methods of Applied Mathematics  (4.5 units)
MATH3711  Complex Analysis  (4.5 units)
MATH3712  Partial Differential Equations  (4.5 units)
STAT3701  Statistical Science  (4.5 units)
STAT3702  Stochastic Processes  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units of elective topics from across the University ##

## Eligible students may select the following work experience topic in place of electives, with the approval of the Director of Studies (Mathematics and Statistics).

MATH3721 Mathematical Sciences Practicum (9 units)

Combined degrees

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences may also be studied in a combined degree program with any Bachelor degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.