Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) is a three-year course for highly talented students who want to combine their interest in mathematics with other areas of science and technology. In this course, you study the majority of your mathematics material at the advanced level, or as part of the Science Talented Student Program, and you also have the opportunity to complement your mathematics studies with other advanced science subjects, or subjects from other faculties.

As a student of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics), you are required to major in mathematics, statistics or financial mathematics and statistics, and you may undertake an additional major in another area of science if you choose. If you are keen to extend your maths interests beyond the scope of the undergraduate course, you can take part in the special studies program run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

By studying this course you will develop important skills that will open doors to a wide range of career possibilities. The advanced material covered in this course will help you to sharpen your ability to solve problems, think logically, construct mathematical and computer models, and research and analyse complex situations. You will find that these sorts of skills are highly sought after by employers, and will be useful to you in many different careers.

Majors

Units of study

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Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) is similar in structure to both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Science (Advanced). You will study the majority of your mathematics material at the advanced level or as part of the Talented Student Program (TSP).

You also have the opportunity to complement your study with other advanced science units of study and challenging units from other faculties. You will complete a major in mathematics, statistics, or financial mathematics and statistics.

Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year, including two junior advanced mathematics or statistics units (12cp). A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. In second year you will normally enrol in intermediate units of study worth 48cp, at least 12cp will be advanced level or TSP units from mathematics or statistics. In third year, you will enrol in senior units of study worth 48cp, building on intermediate study and completing a minimum of 24cp in advanced level or TSP units from mathematics or statistics. To stay in the BSc (Advanced Mathematics) course, you will have to meet minimum progression requirements.

Progression rules

(1) Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) are required to maintain a minimum average mark of 65 in all intermediate and senior units of study in science subject areas in each year of enrolment. Failure to maintain the required average will result in candidates being transferred to the Bachelor of Science in their next year of enrolment with full credit for the units of study completed.

(2) Candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) who fail to achieve an average mark of 65 across all science units of study attempted in their final year but have otherwise completed all the requirements of the degree will be awarded the Bachelor of Science.

What is a major?

A major in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) is a specialisation in a specific area of mathematics and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in that area.

The majors available to students of this course are: mathematics, statistics, and financial mathematics and statistics. You must undertake one of these majors in order to complete the requirements of this course, but you have the opportunity to undertake an additional major in another area of science if you wish.

To complete a major, you need to undertake an approved combination of subjects (units of study). Normally, but not always, in order to complete your major, you need to undertake 24 credit points worth of senior units of study in the subject area you've chosen.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study (subject) which you are allowed to enrol in as part of your course and which will count towards the completion of your course. It differs to a core unit in that you have a choice about which electives, amongst a given set of electives, you want to study.

Depending on how you structure your Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) course, you could be doing up to a quarter of your units as non-science electives. Elective units are available from any other faculty at the University, provided that you receive permission from the relevant department and the Faculty of Science to add that elective to your course plan.

See the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) study plan table to get an idea of how electives fit in amongst your other units of study.

Course opportunities

If you are keen to extend your mathematics interests beyond the scope of the undergraduate program, you can take part in the special studies program run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics in first and second year.

The course also offers opportunities to participate in the University's Study Abroad and Exchange Program, the Science Link-Up and Mentoring (SLAM) Program and the Science Talented Student Program (entry by invitation from the Dean of Science).

Study Abroad and Exchange Program

Science Link-Up and Mentoring (SLAM) Program

Science Talented Student Program

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

When you complete the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) there will be a wide range of career possibilities open to you, owing to the unique set of skills you will have developed throughout your studies.

By studying mathematics you will develop important skills which are valued by many different types of employers - the ability to solve problems, think logically, read patterns to predict outcomes, construct mathematical and computer models and analyse complex situations. You will find that these sorts of skills are useful in many different careers and never go out of date.

After your first course there are many opportunities to acquire more specialised expertise in other areas, for example by completing a master's course in commerce or graduate law. Building your mathematics abilities is always easier the earlier you do it in your career training.

As a mathematician or statistician, you could be employed by government or private research organisations, banking or financial institutions, insurance companies, engineering, software, telecommunications or mining industries, market research and analysis, schools or other educational institutions, or a government scientific or defence enterprise.

Further study

There are several postgraduate research opportunities for high achieving mathematics and statistics graduates. We offer both PhD and MSc research programs in mathematics.

Staff of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have active research programs covering a broad range of disciplines.

About honours

The honours year in science is a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study available to you after you complete your undergraduate course. It’s a unique opportunity for you to explore your research potential and put the theory from your undergraduate studies into practice. An honours qualification in science is not only well regarded in academia, but also in industry where laboratory experience and a command of scientific thought processes are highly sought after.

If you do well enough in third year, you may be invited to complete honours in applied or pure mathematics, or in statistics. In your honours year you will combine coursework with an individual research project on an interesting and challenging topic. Flexibility and choice continue to be a key feature of the honours year. Some courses are given to students at several universities via the school's Access Grid room. In addition to choosing from a large number of honours units for your coursework, you will work closely with a member of staff as your project supervisor and mentor.

Other study options

It is possible for non-degree students to enrol in a unit of study (subject) offered in the Faculty of Science without being enrolled in an award course (degree). This provides a valuable opportunity for professionals to update their knowledge to enhance career pathways or for personal interest. Non-degree students pay full tuition fees, take the unit of study with award course students, and are assessed at the same level. Non-degree applicants meet the same prerequisites as students enrolled in an award course at the University of Sydney (or have completed equivalent units of study at another institution) to be able to enrol in any particular unit of study.

More information about non-degree study.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the Dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in an award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree.

More information about cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 2. Other assumed knowledge depends on subjects chosen.

Applicants for the BSc (Advanced Mathematics), in addition to achieving satisfactory ATARs are required to obtain marks in specified subjects in the HSC or equivalent which will allow enrolment in the necessary advanced units of study.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September.

Further requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics). The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed Mathematics Extension 2. You may attend one of the bridging courses in maths offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if you feel you need to.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University's International Student Office using the online application form, or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or
(iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) International, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate** in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

** All International Baccalaureate (IB) applicants seeking admission to the University of Sydney may now apply either directly to the International Student Office using the online application form or through UAC International.

Further admission requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics). The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed Mathematics Extension 2. You may attend one of the bridging courses in mathematics offered by the Mathematics Learning Centre if you feel you need to.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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