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Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

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  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements

At the core of all technological innovations is maths.

If you’d like to master quantitative problem-solving, mathematical modelling and critical thinking, this is the degree for you.

It is an elite, research-focused program for exceptional students at Australia’s highest-ranked university.

Make your mark with maths at ANU: find out more about mathematical studies, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

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Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences is designed for students who want a career based in the quantitative modelling of the real world, a research-oriented career in government, commerce or industry, or who are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies.

Mathematical Science graduates have gone on to positions at the CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geosciences Australia, the Australian Signals Directorate, Macquarie Bank, Boston Consulting, Treasury, the Australian Tax Office and Google.

See where a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences could take you: our career wheel will help you turn your interests into a career in science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Think clearly, sequentially and logically, as demonstrated by the critical analysis of quantitative problems, such as the ability to read, understand and write mathematical proofs.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the concepts and techniques of Advanced Mathematics
  3. Communicate concepts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally
  4. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
  5. Engage in critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
  6. Work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

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The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
95
QLD Band:
4
International Baccalaureate:
37

Prerequisites

ACT: Specialist Mathematics (Double Major), NSW: Mathematics Extension 2 or equivalent.  More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here.

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must consist of:

36 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1

MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2

MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem Solving and Proofs

MATH2305 Applied Mathematics I

MATH2320 Advanced Analysis 1: Metric Spaces and Applications

MATH2322 Advanced Algebra 1: Groups, Rings and Linear Algebra

 

36 units from completion of 3000- or 4000-level courses from the subject area MATH Mathematics

 

24 units from completion of courses from the Science course list

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in the subject area of MATH in order to continue in the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences. 

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 70% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Science.

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 2 48 units MATH2305 Applied Mathematics I 6 units MATH2320 Advanced Analysis 1: Metric Spaces and Applications 6 units MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
MATH2322 Advanced Algebra 1: Groups, Rings and Linear Algebra 6 units Science elective 6 units Science elective 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
Year 3 48 units 3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units 3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units 3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units
3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units 3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units 3000 or 4000 level MATH course 6 units Science or non-Science elective 6 units

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Please note that if you are commencing your studies in semester 2 there may be restrictions on the courses available for enrolment. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with an academic advisor. You can make an appointment by using our online booking system here. Alternatively, you can call Science Central on 6125 2809. There will also be advisory sessions offered during the week before semester commences.

Mathematics is the study of universal patterns and structures and is the quantitative language of the world. It underpins information technology, computer science, engineering, and the physical sciences; and it plays an increasingly important role in the biological and medical sciences, economics, finance, environmental science, sociology and psychology. The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences provides the tools to study these patterns and structures and along the way you learn transferable skills in critical thinking, analysis, investigation and evidenced-based decision making.

Your program can concentrate on theoretical mathematics, or can extend to a range of applicable mathematical areas such as mathematical modelling, mathematical finance, mathematical economics, mathematical physics, and quantitative biology.


Single degree

In a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences single degree program you will study a total of 144 units (24 courses) and as a full time student you will need to take 24 units (4 courses) per semester. Of these courses you will need to complete a minimum of 12 core and advanced MATH courses (72 units) together with another 4 courses from the Science course list. You also can choose 8 elective courses (48 units) from any ANU Colleges. You can try a range of courses or take a major or minor in a non-mathematics subject, such as philosophy, history or computing. The choice is yours.

Summary:

This degree requires 144 units (24 courses)

A maximum of 60 units (10 courses) of 1000-level courses

36 units (6 courses) of core MATH courses

A minimum of 36 units (6 courses) of advanced MATH 3000-level courses

24 units from completion of courses from the Science course list

An average mark of 70% in core and advanced MATH courses must be maintained each semester to remain in the program

48 units (8 course) from the Science course list or another ANU College



Double degree

The Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences can also be taken as a part of many double degrees.

In a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences  double degree program you will study a total of 96 units (16 courses) and as a full time student you will take 4 courses per semester (24 units). However, in each semester you will be likely to take 2 courses from your Mathematical Sciences degree and 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.

Summary:

In a flexible double degree the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences component requires 96 units (16 courses)

36 units (6 courses) of core MATH courses

A minimum of 36 units (6 courses) of advanced MATH 3000-level courses

24 units from completion of courses from the Science course list

An average mark of 70% in core and advanced MATH courses must be maintained each semester to remain in the program





Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units (4 course) each semester.

  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
  • You can’t study more than 4 courses (24 units) per semester, 8 courses (48 units) for the year.
  • You may take 1000-level courses later in your program.  But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Mathematical Sciences half of the double degree.

Electives

Remember you can choose up to 8 courses from another ANU College if you are undertaking the single Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences program.

Study Options

Single degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs 6 units Science or non-science course Science or non-science course
MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units MATH2322 Advanced Algebra 1: Groups, Rings and Linear Algebra 6 units Science or non-science course Science or non-science course

Double degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences with another three year degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science . Please note that for some double degrees (e.g. with Bachelor of Engineering) you may only be able to take one course in semester 1 for your mathematical science degree. In these circumstances it is recommended that in your first year you take MATH1115, MATH1116.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units MATH1115 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 1 6 units MATH2222 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking: Problem-Solving and Proofs 6 units Degree B Course Degree B Course
MATH1116 Advanced Mathematics and Applications 2 6 units MATH2322 Advanced Algebra 1: Groups, Rings and Linear Algebra 6 units Degree B Course Degree B Course

Academic Advice

For further information, you can:

  • Visit the Mathematical Sciences Institute webpage here, or
  • Download the Science first year course guide available here, or
  • View our program presentation videos located on our New commencers & first year students page, or
  • Email us at science.enquiries@anu.edu.au, or
  • Come and talk to someone face-to-face. You can make an appointment with an academic advisor here or by calling Science Central on 6125 2809.

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