School of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research


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

School Office
Cotton 358
Phone: 04 463 5341

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

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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.

100 Level Courses

ENGR 121 – Engineering Mathematics Foundations

ENGR 122 – Engineering Mathematics with Calculus

ENGR 123 – Engineering Mathematics with Logic and Statistics

MATH 132 – Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

MATH 141 – Calculus 1A

MATH 142 – Calculus 1B

MATH 151 – Algebra

MATH 161 – Discrete Mathematics and Logic

MATH 177 – Probability and Decision Modelling

200 Level Courses

MATH 211 – Foundations of Algebra, Analysis and Topology

MATH 243 – Multivariable Calculus

MATH 244 – Modelling with Differential Equations

MATH 251 – Linear Algebra

MATH 261 – Discrete Mathematics 2

MATH 277 – Mathematical Statistics

300 Level Courses

ACTS 301 – Actuarial Science

MATH 301 – Differential Equations

MATH 308 – Geometry

MATH 309 – Mathematical Logic

MATH 311 – Algebra

MATH 312 – Real and Complex Analysis

MATH 313 – Topology

MATH 321 – Applied Mathematics I

MATH 322 – Applied Mathematics II

MATH 323 – Mathematics for Earth Sciences

MATH 324 – Coding and Cryptography

MATH 335 – Computability and Complexity

MATH 353 – Optimisation

MATH 377 – Probability and Random Processes

MATH 381 – Special Topic

MATH 382 – Special Topic