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What will I study?
UQ offers a wide range of courses in mathematics and its applications. In their first year, students study essential topics in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In later years students select from more specialised courses. These emphasise new ideas in mathematics, and include recent applications in coding and cryptology, mathematical physics, mathematical biology, bioinformatics, and finance.
Pure Mathematics (Algebra & Discrete Mathematics)
Algebra studies abstract mathematical structures beginning with vector spaces, groups, and rings. It leads on to the study of number theory and to applications in mathematical physics, coding, and cryptology. Discrete mathematics studies the ways objects can be rearranged and linked together, and includes combinatorics and graph theory. These subjects are basic to many of the large problems arising in information technology and bioinformatics. The department has a particularly strong research program in combinatorics, covering a wide variety of subdisciplines including algebraic combinatorics, bioinformatics, combinatorial group theory, design theory, and graph theory.
Pure Mathematics (Analysis)
Mathematical analysis is the area of mathematics that most appeals to people who like calculus. It provides a rigorous foundation for differentiation and integration, and its ideas are basic in the understanding of many fields of contemporary mathematics, including differential equations, probability theory, stochastic processes, and control theory. Current research in this area includes nonlinear differential equations arising from physical and biological models, dynamical systems, control theory and economics, stochastic processes, and applications to financial mathematics and biology.
Applied Mathematics
Applied mathematicians use mathematics to understand the world around us. The applied mathematics courses develop the mathematical methods that have proved particularly useful, and apply these methods to physical and biological systems. The department has significant research strengths in material science and mathematical ecology.
Financial Mathematics
Today, advanced mathematical models are used routinely in finance. Mathematics is used to monitor and direct the investments of superannuation funds and investment managers. Partial differential equations are used to price options. The new Basel 2 accord on international bank regulation requires sophisticated modeling of a bank’s overall risk. The core courses in financial mathematics provide a background in finance and an introduction to the basic techniques of stochastic processes, statistics, and computational methods. These can be combined with further courses in finance, statistics, or computational mathematics. The mathematics department hosts an interdisciplinary group of statisticians, mathematical analysts, and computational mathematicians interested in financial mathematics and its application in the energy markets.
Mathematical Physics
Many breakthroughs in the development of physical theories, particularly in the realm of quantum physics, have been underpinned by the application of novel mathematical techniques. Research in mathematical physics at UQ covers a broad spectrum from areas of pure mathematics (Lie and quantum algebras, supersymmetry, low dimensional topology) through to applications in areas such as BoseEinstein condensates, superconductivity, and condensed matter systems.
Year 1 to 4 Study Planners
The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to assist in planning your program. BAdvSc(Hons) students will complete #64 units in total, comprising:
 #6 for Part A (either STAT1201 or STAT1301 plus SCIE1100 and SCIE1200)
 #36 for the requirements for a major as per the course list (including #28 level 3 or above).
 #6 from the BAdvSc(Hons) or BSc course list
 #16 (science or nonscience) electives
Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the program and major requirements.
How do I use the Study Plans?
 Take all Compulsory courses from the First Year study plan.
 Choose a Specialisation.
 Take all Compulsory Courses in each semester.
 Select required number of units in Key Courses for each year level.
 Fill any gaps in each semester with Key Courses or electives to ensure you meet the BAdvSc(Hons) requirements and rules.
What do the different requirements mean?
 Compulsory for the Program – All student must complete these courses as part of the program requirements.
 Prerequisites for Major – First year prerequisites for the major
 Compulsory for the Major – All student must complete these courses as part of the major requirements.
 Key Courses – Electives from the major's course list.
 Recommended Electives – Courses that complement the major but can be substituted for another elective.
Choose a study plan

1st Year Study Planner
Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses Recommended Electives 1 SCIE1100 Theory & Practice in Science MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics
Either
MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{1}
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I^{2}Please refer to course list 2 SCIE1200 Introduction to Science Research
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data^{5}
OR
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data^{5}
Either
MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations^{2}
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations^{2}Please refer to course list 1. Students without Queensland Senior Maths C should complete MATH1050 before MATH1051.
2. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.
5. Students who intend to major in Mathematics should take STAT1301. Other students with an interest in advanced mathematics and at least a high achievement in Maths C or a 6 in MATH1050 are encouraged to take STAT1301. 
2nd Year Study Planner
Sem Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
Choose at least #4 from:Recommended Electives
Choose at least #2 from:1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra^{3}
Either
MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis^{2}
MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics^{2}MATH2301 Linear &Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinformatics
STAT2003 Probability &StatisticsPlease refer to the Course List 2  COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science
MATH2070 Natural Resource Mathematics
MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
MATH2302 Discrete Mathematics II
PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity
STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & AnalysisPlease refer to the Course List 2. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401. Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.
3. Available in Semester 1 & 2 
3rd Year Study Planner
Year 3 Compulsory for the Program Key Courses^{4}
Choose at least #8 (but must include at least #2 not coded MATH34XX or MATH44XX)Recommended Electives 1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis MATH3090 Finanical Mathematics
MATH3101 Bifurcation &Chaos
MATH3104 Mathematical Biology
MATH3201 Scientific Computing:Advanced Techniques and Applications
MATH3202 Operations Research &Mathematical Planning
MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography
MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
MATH3402 Functional AnalysisPlease refer to the Course List 2 SCIE3250 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics
OR
SCIE3251 Introduction to Research in Mathematics/PhysicsMATH3102 Methods and Models of Applied Mathematics
MATH3103 Algebraic Methods of Mathematical Physics
MATH3301 Graph Theory and Design Theory
MATH3306 Set Theory & Mathematical Logic
MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations
MATH3404 Optimisation Theory
MATH3405 Differential Geometry
STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic ProcessesPlease refer to the Course List 4. Any Level 4 Mathematics course with the permission of the Executive Dean. Students will not be permitted to take MATH44XX if they have already completed #8 of MATH34XX.

4th Year Study Planner
Year 4 Compulsory for the Program Key Courses
Choose at least #10 from:Recommended Electives 1 MATH6010 Mathematics Honours Research Project^{5} MATH4091 Financial Calculus
MATH4105 General Relativity
MATH4302 Combinatorial Designs^{7}
MATH4303 Partial Differential Equations^{6}
MATH4402 Ordinary Differential Equations III/IVH^{6}
MATH4403 Partial Differntial Equations III/IVH^{7}
STAT4403 Advanced Probability & Stochastic processes I^{6}
STAT4404 Advanced Probability & Stochastic Processes II^{7}Please refer to the Course List 2  MATH4090 Computation in Financial Mathematics
MATH4104 Advanced Hamiltonian Dynamics & Chaos^{7}
MATH4106 Advanced Mathematical Methods & Models A^{6}
MATH4107 Advanced Mathematical Methods & Models B^{7}
MATH4201 Applications of Scientific Computing
MATH4202 Advanced Topics in Operations Research
MATH4301 Advanced Algebra^{7}
MATH4304 Number Theory^{6}
MATH4404 Functional Analysis III/IVH^{7}
MATH4405 Measure Theory^{6}
MATH4406 Control Theory III/IVH^{6}Please refer to the Course List 5. Students can complete either MATH6010 or MATH6020
6. Offered even years only
7. Offered odd years only
Mathematics graduates are respected for their excellent quantitative skills and problem solving abilities. They win a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. The latest figures from the Graduate Careers Australia (www.graduatecareers.com.au) show 87 per cent of young (<25) mathematics graduates had found jobs by the April following their graduation or were undertaking further study. These figures compare well with those for the related professional degrees of engineering (91 per cent), accounting (86 per cent), and computer science (78 per cent). People who are enthusiastic about doing mathematics can confidently look forward to a rewarding career.
Students with a strong interest and ability in mathematics should consider doing an honours degree. This is an extra year of advanced courses and work on an individual research project. This gives students experience in reading the mathematics research literature and applying recent results and methods to solve problems. An honours degree is the usual path for students who wish to continue doing research and go on to a do a PhD
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