Bachelor of
Science:

Study Planner Information

Year 1 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective – an elective course from the course list, or as permitted by the program rules
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Compulsory
[ MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,3
OR
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I3 ]
Prerequisite for major
MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective

 

 Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
[ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
OR
STAT1301 Advanced Analysis of Scientific Data ]
Compulsory
[ MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3
OR
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3 ]
Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051

2. MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C. MATH1050 is not available to students who have passed MATH1051 and/or MATH1071 and/or MATH1052 and/or MATH1072.

3. 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.

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different columns mean?

  • Required for Major – a course required for this major
  • Recommended – a course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective

Choose a study plan

  • Pure (Algebra and Discrete Mathematics)
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II

    [ MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis1
    OR
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics1 ]

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ MATH2301 Linear & Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

     
    2

    MATH2302 Discrete Mathematics II ]

    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    STAT2004 Statistical Model & Analysis

    1. 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

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography
    MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory

    MATH3202 Operations Research
    MATH3402 Functional Analysis
    STAT3003 Experimental Design
    2

    MATH3306 Set Theory & Mathematical Logic
    MATH3301 Graph Theory & Geometry ]

    MATH3404 Optimisation Theory
  • Pure (Analysis)
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    [ MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis1
    OR
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics1 ]

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ MATH2301 Linear & Abstract Algebra

    STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
    2

    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis ]

    COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

    MATH2302 Discrete Mathematics II

    1. 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

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ MATH3402 Functional Analysis

    MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
    MATH3303 Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
    2

    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations
    MATH3404 Optimisation Theory
    MATH3405 Differential Geometry ]

    MATH3102 Applied Mathematics
    STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes
  • Applied Mathematics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    [ MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis1
    OR
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics1 ]
    BIOL2010 Ecology
    SCIE2100 Introduction to Bioinfomatics
    STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
    2 Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science
    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis ]

    MATH2070 Natural Resource Mathematics
    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Rela
    STAT2004 Statistical Model. & Analysis

    1. 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

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos
    MATH3104 Mathematical Biology

    MATH3090 Financial Mathematics
    MATH3202 Operations Research & Mathematical Planning
    2

    MATH3102 Applied Mathematics
    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations ]

    BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics
    STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes
  • Mathematical Physics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    [ MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis1
    OR
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics1 ]

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ MATH2301 Linear & Abstract Algebra

    2

    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis
    PHYS2100 Dynamics, Chaos & Special Relativity ]

    COSC2500 Numerical Methodology in Computational Science
    PHYS2041 Quantum Physics

    1. 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

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ MATH3101 Bifurcation and Chaos

    PHYS3040 Quantum Physics
    2

    MATH3102 Methods & Models of Applied Mathematics
    MATH3103 Algebraic Methods in Mathematical Physics
    MATH3405 Differential Geometry ]

    MATH3403 Partial Differential Equations
  • Financial Mathematics
    Year 2
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

    [ MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis1
    OR
    MATH2401 Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Topics1 ]

    Choose at least 2 units from:

    [ STAT2003 Probability & Statistics

    2

    STAT2004 Statistical Model & Analysis ]

    COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science
    MATH2100 Applied Mathematical Analysis

    1. 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

    Year 3
    Semester Required for Major Recommended
    1 MATH3401 Complex Analysis

    Choose at least 6 units from:

    [ MATH3090 Financial Mathematics
    MATH3202 Operations Research & Mathematical Planning

    MATH4091 Financial Calculus
    FINM3402 Investments & Portfolio Management2
    2

    STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes
    MATH3404 Optimisation Theory ]

    MATH4090 Computation in Financial Mathematics

    2. These courses are not listed in Part B of the BSc list. It cannot count towards the 12 units of Late Year courses required for Part B.

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, discrete mathematics and differential equations. From second year 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 Bose-Einstein condensates, superconductivity, and condensed matter systems.

Mathematics is available as a single or extended major.