Faculty of Science


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2015 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research.


Could a computer answer every mathematical question? Can we find equations to model the actions of the human heart? What shape is the universe? Mathematics tackles some of the most fascinating issues you can imagine. Starting at a basic and accessible level, the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mathematics major at Victoria can take you anywhere you want to go.

Mathematics is a major in thinking clearly and independently, solving problems, and communicating your answers. Our Mathematics courses can cater to your interests, from pure mathematics like the logic used in computer programs or the underlying concepts of geometry, to applied mathematics, where the skills you learn are targeted directly at issues from economics to earthquakes, cryptography to combustion.

You'll be studying under mathematicians of international calibre, who can communicate their knowledge enthusiastically and supportively to their students. A major in Mathematics prepares you for the modern digital world, where mathematics underpins the developing technologies and opens opportunities in a wealth of professions.

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Undergraduate information

BSc and BA major requirements

  1. MATH 142, 151 and 161
  2. 60 points from MATH 300-399*
  3. 60 further points from MATH 200-399*

*Suitable courses are listed in the Mathematics Undergraduate Prospectus.

First-year courses entry criteria

The core first year courses for Mathematics are MATH 142, 151, 161. They require a good mathematics background (see NCEA requirements, or equivalent):

MATH 141 - Calculus 1A 
16 Achievement Standard credits NCEA Level 3 Mathematics (or equivalent) or MATH 132

MATH 142 - Calculus 1B 
NCEA Level 3 Mathematics achievement standards 3.6 (Differentiation, AS91578), 3.7 (Integration, AS91579) and (one of 3.1 (Conics AS91573); 3.3 (Trigonometry, AS91575); or 3.5 (Algebra, AS91577)), including at least two with Merit or Excellence, or equivalent background in Mathematics or after passing MATH 141.

MATH 151 - Algebra 
16 Achievement Standard credits NCEA Level 3 Mathematics (or equivalent) or MATH 132

MATH 161 - Discrete Mathematics and Logic 
16 Achievement Standard credits NCEA Level 3 Mathematics (or equivalent) or MATH 132

MATH 177 - Probability and Decision Modelling 
16 NCEA Level 3 credits in Calculus or Statistics, including Level 3 achievement standards 3.6 (Differentiation, AS91578) and 3.7 (Integration, AS91579), or after passing MATH 141

Postgraduate information

Information about postgraduate study in Mathematics can be found on the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research website.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria’s Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office or Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Mathematics courses are taught within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Cotton Building.

Prof Rod Downey
Programme Director
Phone: 04 463 5067
Email: rod.downey@vuw.ac.nz

School Office
Cotton 358
Phone: 04 463 5341
Email: office@msor.vuw.ac.nz

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List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Mathematics courses.