## Mathematics

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

**On this page:**

- Overview
- Undergraduate information
- Postgraduate information
- How to find out more
- Related subjects and careers
- List of courses

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

### Overview

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.

### Undergraduate information

**BSc and BA major requirements**

- MATH 142, 151 and 161
- 60 points from MATH 300-399*
- 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.

### 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

### Related subjects and careers

Related subjects | Careers |
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Actuarial Science |
Actuary |

### 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.

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100 Level Courses |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |