Applied Mathematics Major - Bachelor of Science

The Applied Mathematics major in the Bachelor of Science will give you the skills to carry out modelling research and the analysis of problems in the fields of engineering, science and business.

Applied mathematics tells us about our world and helps 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. With skills in applied mathematics you can be part of the solution to a vast array of complex issues facing the world.


This is part of the Bachelor of Science.

Year 1

Complete the following paper

COMM501 Applied Communication (15 points)

Choose five of

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)

And choose another 30 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 2

Complete the following papers

MATH602 Multivariate Calculus (15 points)
MATH603 Differential Equations (15 points)

And choose one of

MATH601 Linear Algebra (15 points)
MATH604 Financial Mathematics (15 points)

You also select 75 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Year 3

Complete the following papers

MATH703 Numerical Analysis (15 points)
MATH704 Linear Partial Differential Equations (15 points)

And choose one of

MATH700 Financial Modelling and Computation (15 points)
STAT700 Applied Stochastic Models (15 points)

You also select 45 points from the elective papers below or other Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Science papers (subject to meeting prerequisites).

Workplace experience

In your final year you can complete a research project, investigating a scientific problem. This paper counts as two papers and you can complete it over one semester or the whole year. It isn't compulsory.

Through this paper you develop skills in experimental design, literature searching, the collection and analysis of data, interpretation and reporting of the results.

MATH705 Research Project (30 points)*

*This paper is not compulsory. You can substitute this with approved alternative level 7 papers

Recent student projects included

  • A study of the mathematical modelling of linear waves in shallow waters
  • The sound field around an acoustically hard cylindrical scatterer
  • The modelling of sound waves around a physical boundary

Elective papers

Level 5 papers

COMP500 Programming 1 (15 points)
COMP503 Programming 2 (15 points)
COMP504 Computer Networking (15 points)
COMP505 Introduction to Programming (15 points)

Level 6 papers

COMP603 Program Design and Construction (15 points)
COMP612 Computer Graphics and Animation (15 points)
STAT602 Quality Assurance (15 points)

Level 7 papers

COMP710 Game Programming (15 points)
COMP716 Highly Secure Systems (15 points)
COMP719 Applied Human Computer Interaction (15 points)
ENSE701 Contemporary Issues in Software Engineering (15 points)
MATH701 Special Topic A (15 points)
MATH702 Special Topic B (15 points)
MATH706 Industrial Mathematics (15 points)

  • Actuary
  • Control buyer/purchasing agent
  • Industrial engineering scientist
  • Market and financial analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Research analyst and associate
  • Secondary teacher*

*After completing a graduate diploma in education.

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Applied Mathematics Careers

Key features
  • Demand for skills in applied mathematics
  • Tools to be a proactive problem-solver
  • Varied career options
  • Combine this major with other Bachelor of Science majors
See yourself as
  • Logical
  • Good at calculations
  • Interested in real-world analysis
  • A problem-solver

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

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