Mathematics and Statistics

Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1021 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015


Dr Lawrence Reeves

Department of Mathematics and Statistics




A Mathematics and Statistics major will provide essential knowledge and transferable skills for students entering careers or research in the following areas: General sciences, Agriculture and environmental sciences, Banking, Finance and Commerce, Engineering, Government, Education, Industry, e.g. logistics/project manager, market research consultant, IT and computing, and Medicine.

Learning Outcomes:

Mathematics and Statistics Major Graduates should demonstrate:

  • ability to construct logical, clearly presented and justified arguments;
  • ability to formulate and model practical and abstract problems in mathematics and statistics;
  • mastery of a broad range of mathematical and statistical methods, with a particular emphasis in one of four specialisations;
  • ability to analyse complex problems, then choose and apply appropriate mathematical/statistical tools in finding a solution;
  • appreciation of the universal utility of mathematics and statistics within all fields of science;
  • appreciation that mathematics and statistics are disciplines based on rigorous proofs and logical deduction;
  • understanding of the role of mathematics and statistics in other fields;
  • ability to communicate clearly, effectively and precisely about mathematical and statistical ideas;
  • ability to clearly communicate abstract mathematical/statistical ideas to an audience with a heterogeneous background in sciences;
  • understanding of the applicability of mathematics and statistics in addressing current issues facing humankind.
  • an ability to work effectively and responsibly both as an individual and as part of a team..
Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.


There are four specialisations within the Mathematics and Statistics major.


This major is available to new generation Bachelor of Science students (B-SCI). It is also available to Bachelor of Science students who commenced prior to 2008. The published structure of this major includes subjects available in the current year. Pre-2008 Bachelor of Science students who completed one or more Level 3 science subjects towards this major prior to 2010 should contact the Science Student Centre for advice on appropriate subjects to complete this major.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science

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