Applied Mathematics major - Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science

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Applied mathematics has the power to tell us about our world and to help predict what will happen next. Whether you want to look at global warming patterns, figure out the structural integrity of a building or forecast economic trends – it all relies on applied mathematics.

The Applied Mathematics major in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science will give you the skills to carry out modelling research and analysis of problems in the fields of engineering, science and business. With these skills you can be part of the solution to a vast array of complex issues facing the world.

Key features

  • Tools to be a proactive problem-solver
  • Varied career options
  • Opportunity to complete a research project for an industry organisation

Structure

Most papers last one semester and are worth 15 points. You must complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you will study core (compulsory) papers, and select other papers from a range of options.

Year 1
CORE PAPER
SELECT one:
Level 5:
145612 Applied Communication (15 points)
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (15 points)
SELECT five:
ASTR500 Introductory Astronomy (15 points)
COMP506 Computer Organisation (15 points)
ENSE501 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
ENSE502 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)
MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (15 points)
MATH501 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
MATH502 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
PHYS500 Physics I (15 points)
STAT500 Applied Statistics (15 points)
With a further two papers (30 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 2
CORE PAPERS
Level 6:
MATH602 Multivariate Calculus (15 points)
MATH603 Differential Equations (15 points)
SELECT one:
MATH601 Linear Algebra (15 points)
MATH604 Mathematics of Finance (15 points)
With a further five papers (75 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3
You will have the opportunity to complete a research project** which is an investigation into a scientific problem where you will develop skills in experimental design, literature searching; the collection, analysis of data, interpretation and reporting of the results.

This Research Project paper counts as two papers and can be achieved either over one semester or the whole year. You can do industry projects in a range of locations, including Fonterra, Statistics NZ, Fisher & Paykel and Spark New Zealand.

CORE PAPERS
Level 7:
MATH703 Numerical Analysis (15 points)
MATH704 Linear Partial Differential Equations (15 points)
MATH705 Research Project (30 points)**
SELECT one:
MATH700 Industrial and Financial Mathematics (15 points)
STAT700 Applied Stochastic Models (15 points)
With a further three papers (45 points) from the Additional Papers list below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

**This paper is compulsory in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences but not in the Bachelor of Science. You may substitute this with approved alternative Level 7 papers

Additional papers (subject to availability and sufficient student numbers):
Level 5:
COMP500 Programming 1 (15 points)
COMP503 Programming 2 (15 points)
COMP504 Computer Networking (15 points)
COMP505 Introduction to Programming (15 points)

Level 6:
COMP603 Program Design and Construction (15 points)
COMP612 Computer Graphics (15 points)
STAT602 Quality Assurance (15 points)

Level 7:
COMP710 Game Programming (15 points)
COMP716 Highly Secure Systems (15 points)
COMP719 Applied Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
ENSE701 Software Engineering (15 points)
MATH701 Special Topic A (15 points)
MATH702 Special Topic B (15 points)

Click here to view programme structure and paper outlines.

Additional course information can also be found here.


Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

Career opportunities

  • Actuary
  • Control buyer/purchasing agent
  • Industrial engineering scientist
  • Market and financial analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Research analyst and associate
  • Secondary teacher (following an additional year of teacher training)


Last updated: 26-Nov-2015 5.17pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.