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Study Mathematics at Otago

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Overview

From accounting to zoology, wherever there is a need to quantify and analyse, there is an application of mathematics or its close ally, statistics. Mathematics provides the language and means to understand the symbolic and quantitative aspects of much of our knowledge, so many students will combine the study of Mathematics with Statistics, Computer Science and/or Information Science, a physical science (such as Geology, Chemistry or Physics), applied science (Engineering, Surveying), biological science, social science (Education, Psychology), commerce (Economics, Finance), or the humanities (Linguistics, Philosophy). And, quite apart from its usefulness, many students take mathematics simply because they like it! It is a subject with a strong cultural element, encapsulating much of the history of scientific discovery from the ancient Greek geometers to the latest developments in the theory of chaos.

Mathematics is valuable at all levels, either as a tool to allow physical systems to be modelled in a quantitative way, or as a logical framework that underpins and describes processes, objects or structures.

Students who pursue mathematics and statistics, even if it is not their major subject, will gain very marketable skills that will advantage them in the career of their choice. Clear thinking and deductive reasoning are valuable in all areas of modern life.

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Contact details

Email maths@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/maths

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Qualifications

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Papers

See the full list of Mathematics (MATH) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Mathematics

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics, (or STAT 261 Probability and Inference 1, in approved cases)

18

18

18

200-level

MATH 201  Real Analysis 

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

MATH 203 Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

300-level

Four 300-level MATH or COMO papers

72
Plus

180 further points; must include at least 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

180
Total 360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Mathematics

Papers

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Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics

Thesis
  • Thesis: MATH 5

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Mathematics

Level Papers Points
100-level

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics (or STAT 261 Probability and Inference 1, in approved cases)

18

18

18

200-level

MATH 201  Real Analysis

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

18

300-level

Four 300-level MATH or COMO papers

72
Plus

180 further points; must include at least 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Advanced placement into MATH 170 may be allowed for suitably qualified candidates. Qualified candidates may substitute STAT 261 for STAT 110 or 115.

180
Total   360

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Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Mathematics

Papers

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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Mathematics

Papers

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Master of Science (MSc) in Mathematics

Papers and Thesis
  • MATH 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Four 400-level MATH papers

  • Thesis: MATH 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Mathematics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

Students with advanced placement into MATH 170 can replace MATH 160 with 18 MATH or COMO points (excluding MATH 151)

18

18

200-level

MATH 202  Linear Algebra

MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

18

18

300-level

One 300-level MATH paper

18

Total   90

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