Phasing out major – only available to students who commenced study in the BA prior to 2016

To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:

A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Mathematics by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.


A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Mathematics by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus and additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete an extended major sequence in Mathematics by completing the prescribed major topics (36 units), plus an additional two topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed below.

An extended major in Mathematics is not available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts double degree.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Health Sciences double degree undertake an 18 unit Teaching Minor according to the program of study below.

Course aims

The major has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a 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.

Learning outcomes

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

  • competently use analytical skills and knowledge in the solution of mathematical problems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other mathematicians and the wider global community
  • develop mathematical solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • 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

The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Mathematics and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.

Major - Mathematics

Year 1 topics

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)*
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)

Students without the prerequisite knowledge for MATH1121 Mathematics 1A should enrol instead in the Mathematical Fundamentals topic(s) depending on background and then undertake MATH1121 Mathematics 1A in a later semester.

 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1702  Mathematics Fundamentals B  (4.5 units)

Year 2 & 3 topics

Select 27 units from the topics listed below

 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)
 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)

Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences

Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences students undertake an 18-unit teaching minor consisting of:

Teaching Minor - Mathematics - Option 1

Appropriate for students who have NOT successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent.

18 units comprising:

 MATH1701  Mathematics Fundamentals A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1702  Mathematics Fundamentals B  (4.5 units)
 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)

Teaching Minor - Mathematics - Option 2

Appropriate for students who HAVE successfully completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent.

18 units comprising:

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B  (4.5 units)

plus two of the following (subject to prerequisites and availability)

 MATH2701  Principles of Analysis  (4.5 units)
 MATH2711  Several Variable Calculus  (4.5 units)
 MATH2712  Algebra  (4.5 units)
 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)
 STAT1412  Data Analysis Laboratory  (4.5 units
 STAT2700  Applied Statistics Laboratory  (4.5 units)
 STAT2702  Probability  (4.5 units)
 STAT3701  Statistical Science  (4.5 units)
 STAT3702  Stochastic Processes  (4.5 units)