Mathematics
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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Study Mathematics

The Department offers a wide selection of mathematics papers allowing for a major or a minor with speciality in algebra, calculus, methods or a mixture of all of these areas. Mathematics can be studied alone or in combination with other subjects to produce course structures that develop students’ skills in useful ways. Mathematics students are regarded highly by potential employers for their logical analytical training.

These sections outline the requirements for completing an ordinary or Honours degree in Mathematics. If you have any questions about mathematics papers or course structure, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.

  • A major in Mathematics
  • A minor in Mathematics
  • A double major in Maths and Stats
  • Honours in Mathematics

A Major in Mathematics

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Mathematics are made up of 360 points and normally can be completed in three years. The 360 points must include 180 above 100-level, of which at least 72 will be in papers above 200-level. Each 3-year degree must also satisfy what is called a Major Subject Requirement. You can fulfil such a requirement in Mathematics for a BSc or BA as follows:

BSc or BA in Mathematics

  • 100-level: MATH 160, MATH 1701, and STAT 110 or 1152
  • 200-level: MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 203
  • 300-level: 72 points of 300-level MATH papers

1 Advanced placement into MATH 170 will be allowed for suitably qualified students

2 Qualified students may substitute STAT261 for the 100-level STAT paper

A Minor in Mathematics

Minor in Mathematics

  • 100-level: MATH 160 and MATH 1701
  • 200-level: MATH 202 and MATH 203
  • 300-level: 18 points of 300-level MATH (i.e. one paper)

1Students with advanced placement into MATH 170 can substitute 18 COMO or MATH points (excluding MATH 151) for MATH 160

A Double Major in Mathematics and Statistics

To get a double major in a BSc or a BA, one must fulfil the requirements of each major. Some students can accomplish this in 3 years, but it generally takes longer.

Double Major in Mathematics and Statistics

  • 100-level: MATH 160 and MATH 170; STAT 110 or 115
  • 200-level: 54 points from 200-level MATH including MATH 201 and MATH 202; 54 points from 200-level STAT, including STAT 261
  • 300-level: 72 points from 300-level MATH; 72 points from 300-level STAT, including STAT 362

Honours in Mathematics

There are two other degrees you can obtain: a Bachelor of Science with Honours, BSc(Hons), and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, BA(Hons). Each of these is a one-year add-on to the ordinary three-year BA or BSc, and will be awarded as a separate degree. Requirements for these are as follows:

BSc(Hons) or BA(Hons) in Mathematics

Prerequisites: A BSc or BA with a major in mathematics including at least five 300-level papers, and an average grade of B+ for the appropriate 300-level papers.

Honours year: Students take four 20-point 400-level papers, and the 40-point full-year project paper MATH490. Students may be permitted to take one of these papers in another discipline. In Mathematics, each 20-point paper consists of two modules.

Assessment of papers and calculation of final grade

Each module will give a mark out of 100. These will be combined in pairs by the examination committee, to give a mark out of 100 for each paper.

The final honours mark is the average of the marks for the various papers, with the best 3 having a weighting of 1, the 4th a weighting of 0.5, and the project a weighting of 2.

The class of honours is determined by your final grade as follows:

First class80% – 100%
Second class (Division I)70% – 79%
Second class (Division II) 60% – 69%
Third class50% – 59%

The Project — MATH 490

You should discuss possible topics with lecturers and with the honours director of studies, well before the start of Semester 1. Ideally you should know your supervisor(s) and your topic by the start of Semester. The written report should be submitted by the end of the lecturing period in Semester 2.

The length and nature of the written report vary widely, depending on the area of study, the nature of the project, and on the subject matter. (All of this is taken into consideration by the examiners.) You should plan your report carefully in consultation with your supervisor: it can take longer than you might think to do the actual writing. You are also welcome to talk to the honours coordinator at any stage.

Combined Honours

Students who wish to take Combined Honours should consult advisers in the relevant subjects at an early stage, so that an appropriate three-year degree can be planned. (This will probably require more than the standard twenty 18-point papers.) Double Honours is no longer available, though students who are qualified for admission in two subjects will be able to gain separate Honours degrees in those subjects.

See the Honours page

 

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