A BSc Honours is a one-year degree following a Bachelors degree. It provides a broadening of the fundamental mathematical basis developed in the undergraduate mathematics programme.
A BSc degree with Mathematics as major subject, or an equivalent qualification is needed to gain entrance to the Honours programme. A mark of at least 60% for Mathematics 3 is required.
For more information regarding the Honours programme, please see the brochures below for 2020.
Convenor: Dr D. Basson
This 1-year course is run in conjunction with AIMS-SA and commences in January each year. It aims to meet the growing demand from molecular biology, systems biology, bioinformatics, ecology, and biomedical science for students and researchers with solid mathematical skills. The course aims to train mathematicians to formulate and analyse precise models for experimental data arising from real-life research problems within the fields of biology and medicine – from predicting the influence of HIV, Aids, malaria, and tuberculosis to the effects of climate change on South Africa.
The course requires a strong foundation in mathematics and an introduction to mathematical modelling using differential equations, and includes modules on: computational and discrete methods in Mathematical Biology, non-linear dynamical systems in mathematical biology, advanced topics in mathematical biology, topics in biological and biomedical sciences, as well as a project. Project topics include the application of mathematical, computational and/or statistical methods to analyse and solve problems in biological sciences, environmental sciences, and medical sciences.
The modules will be presented by local and international researchers in modelling of biological and biomedical systems, population dynamics, mathematical biology, bio-informatics. The projects will be supervised by a researcher in mathematical sciences and a researcher in biological or biomedical sciences.
Students spend the first half of the year at AIMS-SA and the second half of the year at Stellenbosch University.
The Biomathematics focus of the BSc Honours in Mathematics is jointly run by the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
Application is via the SU online application system by 31 October of the year preceding the year of study. Applicants should apply for the BSc Honours in Mathematics. In addition, applicants should email the Biomathematics Coordinator that they would like to be considered for the Biomathematics focus. Selection is done by committee and students are notified if successful by 30 November. Bursaries for this Biomathematics focus of the BSc Honours in Mathematics are available through the National Research Foundation or through the researchers in Biomathematics. For consideration for the latter, please email the Biomathematics Coordinator before 31 October.
South African students with a good BSc majoring in Mathematics, and (at least) some courses in a biological/biomedical field, or an equivalent qualification, can apply.
Coordinator: Prof IM Rewitzky