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BA - Mathematics as a major

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Mathematics is a subject of vital importance that underpins many activities of our modern world. Employers recognise University of Waikato Mathematics graduates for their analytical and problem solving skills as well as their high level of numeracy, which are critical skills for a broad range of jobs.


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Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,117-$7,132 per year
Fees (International): $24,425 - $31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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Mathematics is a language of fundamental importance which underpins many activities of society. It plays a crucial role, both theoretically and practically, in many areas such as science, computing, economics and finance.

Mathematics is available as a major for the Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with Honours and the Bachelor of Science. Mathematics may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Mathematics as a single major for the BCMS(Hons) or the BSc, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Mathematics, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete MATHS101, MATHS102, MATHS201, MATHS202, and at least one of MATHS301 and MATHS302. Students may include up to 30 points of STATS-coded papers as part of their Mathematics major. Students in the BCMS(Hons) will also need to take at least 60 points in the subject of Mathematics at 500 level, including MATHS520.

To complete Mathematics as part of a double major for the BCMS(Hons), BSc or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Mathematics, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MATHS101, MATHS102, MATHS201, MATHS202, and at least one of MATHS301 and MATHS302. Students may include up to 30 points of STATS-coded papers as part of their Mathematics major. Students in the BCMS(Hons) will also need to take at least 60 points in the subject of their first major at 500 level including MATHS520 if Mathematics is the first major.

To complete a minor in Mathematics, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Mathematics major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CSMAX170Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
The objective of this paper is to provide students with the academic foundations for computing and mathematical sciences. The paper will cover the following areas: -Effective academic reasoning and communication -Information literacy and research skills -Academic integrity -Techniques and tools in the computing and mathematical sci...
ENGEN101Engineering Mathematics 1A20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga) & 20B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications.
ENGEN102Engineering Mathematics 1B20B (Hamilton), 20B (Tauranga) & 20C (Hamilton)
A further study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus with engineering applications. Includes an introduction to relevant statistical methods.
ENGEN184Calculus for Engineers20S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with engineering applications.
MATHS101Introduction to Calculus20A (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with applications to rate problems, graph sketching, areas and volumes.
MATHS102Introduction to Algebra20B (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques and applications of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, induction and recursion.
MATHS135Discrete Structures20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introduction to a number of the structures of discrete mathematics with wide applicability in areas such as: computer logic, analysis of algorithms, telecommunications, networks and public key cryptography. In addition it introduces a number of fundamental concepts which are useful in Statistics, Computer Science and further stu...
MATHS165General Mathematics20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to algebra, calculus and applications for students without NCEA Level 3 Mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATH101 and/or MATH102 should take these papers instead.
MATHS166Management Mathematics20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
An introduction to algebra and calculus for students in Management or Social Sciences. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATH101 and/or MATH102 may wish to take these paper(s) instead.
MATHS168Preparatory Mathematics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
Basic algebraic concepts and an introduction to Calculus and Statistics. This paper provides a last chance for students to correct a weak background in mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATH165 or MATH166 should take one of those papers instead.
RPLCR103Recognition of Prior Learning - Introduction to Calculus20A (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques of calculus, including differentiation and integration for functions of one real variable, with applications to rate problems, graph sketching, areas and volumes.
RPLCR104Recognition of Prior Learning - Introduction to Algebra20A (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
A study of the fundamental techniques and applications of algebra including Gaussian elimination, vector and matrix algebra, complex numbers, induction and recursion.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CSMAX270Cultural Perspectives for Computing and Mathematical Sciences20B (Hamilton)
The paper provides students with an understanding of scientific and culture-specific perspectives on computing and mathematical science issues and the ability to apply these in diverse contexts.
ENGEN201Engineering Mathematics 220B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. Introduction to ordinary differential equations and methods to solve them.
MATHS201Continuing Calculus20B (Hamilton)
Calculus of Several Variables and its Applications. Vector calculus (Green's, Gauss' and Stokes' theorems). Taylor's Theorem in n dimensions. The gamma and beta functions.
MATHS202Linear Algebra20A (Hamilton)
A formal approach to linear algebra, with applications. Topics include: axioms of a vector space, linear independence, spanning sets and bases. Linear transformations, the Gram-Schmidt process.
MATHS203Differential Equations and Modelling20A (Hamilton)
Systems of ordinary differential equations and their applications, including phase plane methods. Introduction to partial differential equations. Fourier series.
STATS221Statistical Data Analysis20A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the R programming language which is used to investigate a collection of real data sets. Analysis of variance, multiple regression, non parametric methods and time series are covered.
STATS226Bayesian Statistics20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces statistical methods from a Bayesian perspective, which gives a coherent approach to the problem of revising beliefs given relevant data. It is particularly relevant for data analytics, statistics, mathematics and computer science.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX361Logic and Computation20B (Hamilton)
The syllabus includes: further development of predicate logic with application to program verification; mathematical induction including structural induction; finite state automata and regular languages; Kleene's Theorem; Turing machines, the Church-Turing thesis, universal Turing machines and the Halting problem; formal grammars a...
ENGEN301Engineering Mathematics 320A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods and statistical ideas relevant to Engineering.
MATHS301Real and Complex Analysis20A (Hamilton)
Further real analysis, including a formal approach to continuity, differentiability and power series. An introduction to the calculus of complex functions and its applications.
MATHS302Abstract Algebra20B (Hamilton)
An introduction to abstract algebra via the theory of groups and rings.
MATHS303Applied Mathematics20B (Hamilton)
Develops the most widely used methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, especially those arising in physical applications.
MATHS304Computational Mathematics20A (Hamilton)
Introduces numerical methods for solving various mathematical problems.
MATHS314Number Theory and Cryptography20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to number theoretic ideas with emphasis on their applications in cryptography.
MATHS390Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Students carry out an independent research project on an approved topic under staff supervision.
MATHS397Work-Integrated Learning Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
Students carry out an independent work-related project on an approved topic under staff supervision.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
MATHS501Metric Spaces20A (Hamilton)
Axioms of a metric space, open and closed sets, limit points etc. Completeness, continuity, connectedness and compactness in metric spaces. Fixed-point theorems. Generalisation to topological spaces.
MATHS505Advanced Topics in Pure Mathematics20A (Hamilton)
A study at an advanced level of one or more topics in pure mathematics.
MATHS513Finite Groups20B (Hamilton)
An in-depth study of the theory of finite groups.
MATHS516Topics in Discrete Mathematics20B (Hamilton)
An introduction to graph theory and combinatorics, including network optimisation algorithms.
MATHS517Stochastic Differential Equations with Applications to Finance20B (Hamilton)
A study of stochastic differential equations and their applications in the physical sciences and finance.
MATHS520Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A directed investigation and report on an approved project or study topic.
MATHS543Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos20A (Hamilton)
Systems of first order differential equations and their phase plane analysis, limit cycles and bifurcations.
MATHS553Fluid Dynamics20B (Hamilton)
Basic principles of fluid dynamics with applications.
MATHS555Advanced Classical Mechanics20A (Hamilton)
The theory of classical mechanics from a variational point of view.
MATHS581Special Topic in Mathematics 120A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS582Special Topic in Mathematics 220A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in mathematics, at an advanced level.
MATHS591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
MATHS593Mathematics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MATHS594Mathematics Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MATHS800Mathematics MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
MATHS900Mathematics PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

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