Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics

Undergraduate Programmes

The BSc programme in Mathematical Sciences is a three year programme of study which leads to the BSc degree. It can be followed by a fourth year to obtain the BSc Honours degree. The programme serves as a basis for graduate study and research in Mathematics as well as the use of Mathematics in various careers.

The aim of the programme is to produce graduates who

  • can continue with graduate studies in Mathematics,
  • can enter a career where a sophisticated quantitative ability is required, such as certain areas of the insurance or banking industry for example,
  • can follow a teaching career at the secondary or tertiary level.

It is aimed at students who want to build their careers on Mathematics, and who will enjoy the challenge of the following one of the following programme streams:

Stream: Financial Mathematics

Admission  Requirements:

  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4
  • Mathematics 6
  • A 4 in any other subject from the designated list for university admission OR
    Please note:
    If Physics or Chemistry is taken: Physical Science 4
First Year
Minimum of 120 credits in total
Second Year
Minimum of 125 credits in total
Third Year
Minimum of a 133 credits in total
Actuarial Science Actuarial Science Financial Mathematics
Computer Skills Financial Risk Management Scientific Computation
Computer Science Mathematical Statistics Mathematics
Probability Theory & Statistics Mathematics Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics Scientific Computation
Scientific Communication Skills
PLUS elective first year modules to make up at least 20 credits PLUS elective second year modules to make up at least 16 credits PLUS a choice of Mathematics (16 credits) or Mathematical Statistics modules (32 credits)

Stream: Mathematics

Admission  Requirements:

  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4
  • Mathematics 6
  • A 4 in any other subject from the designated list for university admission OR
    Please note:
    If Physics or Chemistry is taken: Physical Science 4
First Year
Minimum of 132 credits
Second Year
Minimum of 125 credits
Third Year
Minimum of 133 credits
Computer Skills Mathematics Mathematics
Mathematics Scientific Computation Scientific Computation
Scientific Communication Skills
PLUS elective modules making up a total of between 88 and 96 credits PLUS elective modules making up a total of between 88 and 96 credits PLUS elective modules making up 64 credits of any third year modules that follow on from second year modules
Physics Physics
Applied Mathematics Operational Research
Computer Science Computer Science
Probability Theory & Statistics Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Statistics

**Physics 214 and 244 clash on the timetable with Mathematical Statistics 214 and 244, and these modules may therefore not be taken together.

Stream: Biomathematics Option 1: Molecular Biology

Admission  Requirements:

  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4
  • Mathematics 6
  • Physical Science 4
First Year
Minimum of 140 credits
Second Year
Minimum of 133 credits
Third Year
Minimum of 133 credits
Biology Biomathematics Biomathematics
Chemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry
Computer Skills Genetics Biotechnology
Mathematics Mathematics Scientific Computation
Probability Theory & Statistics Scientific Computation
Scientific Communication Skills
PLUS a choice of Computer Science/Physics modules making up a total of 32 credits PLUS a choice of at least one other 16 credit module from the Mathematical Sciences PLUS a choice of at least two further third year modules, subject to admission requirements. Students are encouraged to take Biochemistry 355 (a selection module)

Stream: Biomathematics Option 2: Ecology

Admission  Requirements:

  • Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 4
  • Mathematics 6
  • Physical Science 4
First Year
Minimum of 140 credits
Second Year
Minimum of 133 credits
Third Year
Minimum of 133 credits
Biology Biomathematics Biomathematics
Physics Botany & Zoology Biodiversity & Ecology
Computer Skills Mathematics Mathematical Statistics
Mathematics Mathematical Statistics Scientific Computation
Probability Theory & Statistics Scientific Computation
Scientific Communication Skills
PLUS a choice of at least one other 16 credit first year modules PLUS a choice of a second year Botany/Zoology module (16 credits) and one other Biological Sciences module (16 credits) PLUS a choice of a third year Mathematical Statistics module
and any other 16 credit module from the Biological Sciences

PLEASE NOTE: All elective modules must be chosen subject to timetable clashes.

For any further information, please refer to the Science Calendar on the Faculty of Science webpage.