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

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:
715184 Applied Statistics (15 points)
715186 Differential and Integral Calculus (15 points)
715187 Computer Organisation (15 points)
715189 Algebra and Discrete Mathematics (15 points)
715202 Physics I (15 points)
715204 Introductory Astronomy (15 points)
735318 Programming for Engineering Applications (15 points)
735320 Object Oriented Applications (15 points)
MATH500 Mathematical Concepts (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:
716186 Multivariate Calculus (15 points)
716187 Differential Equations (15 points)

SELECT one:
716101 Linear Algebra (15 points)
716285 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:
717101 Numerical Analysis (15 points)
717200 Partial Differential Equations (15 points)
717900 Research Project (30 points)**

SELECT one:
717292 Applied Stochastic Models (15 points)
MATH700 Industrial and Financial Mathematics (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:
405701 Programming 1 (15 points)
405704 Programming 2 (15 points)
405706 Computer Networking (15 points)
405708 Introduction to Programming (15 points)

Level 6:
406704 Program Design and Construction (15 points)
716282 Quality Assurance (15 points)
716288 Computer Graphics (15 points)

Level 7:
407702 Applied Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
407707 Software Engineering (15 points)
717001 Special Topic A (15 points)
717002 Special Topic B (15 points)
717286 Highly Secure Systems (15 points)
717310 Game Programming (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: 28-Jul-2015 4.35pm

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