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Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science

Handbook

Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science

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31st Aug 2015 11:26pm

Program Code

10092

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 4 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus89.1094.40

Assumed Knowledge

For Mathematics: HSC 2 unit Mathematics or equivalent. For Science: Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Mathematics and/or Physics. For Geography: HSC geography, social science or natural science is desirable.

Recommended Studies

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Biology and / or Chemistry and / or Physics depending on the major you intend to complete.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

The Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science combined degree program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study, and to complete two awards over a period of four years.

In general, a combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.

Within this program, students undertake courses to meet the requirements of both the Bachelor of Mathematics and the Bachelor of Science with a major in a discipline other than Mathematics or Statistics. There is also the opportunity to take electives from other areas according to particular interests.

The APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited major sequence is not available to students who commence the program in 2012 or after.  A Psychology major is available in the program, however is not accredited for students commencing study in 2012 onwards.  Students who commence the program in 2012 or after, and who wish to complete an accredited Psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Assumed Knowledge

For Mathematics: HSC 2 unit Mathematics or equivalent. For Science: Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Mathematics and/or Physics. For Geography: HSC geography, social science or natural science is desirable.


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 10 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Professional Recognition

Australian Institute of Physics

A major in Photonics or Physics qualifies graduates for associate membership of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) http://www.aip.org.au/info/

Australian Mathematical Society

Students may join the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) http://www.austms.org.au/ as student members before they graduate.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Students may become members of RACI upon gradution. Http://www.raci.org.au/

A major in Chemistry is recognised by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Statistical Society of Australia

Students undertaking a Statistics major may also join the Statistical Society of Australia http://www.statsoc.org.au/


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

320 units

Program Duration

4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

To meet the current requirements of the combined degree program, students must complete a program of study that conforms to the structure set out below.

The combined program will consist of 320 units of study made up of:

A minimum of 110 units of Bachelor of Mathematics courses consisting of:

  • 60 units of core courses (depending on entry level, students may have to complete MATH2340 as an additional core course);
  • an 80 unit B Mathematics major, consisting of compulsory and directed courses.

Please see the Bachelor of Mathematics handbook entry link above in Further Information for full program details and available majors.http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-mathematics/handbook

  • A minimum of 160 units of Bachelor of Science courses consisting of:
  • 60 units of B Science at 1000 level;
  • 20 units of program directed courses (MATH/STAT courses that are also core for the B Mathematics);
  • A major consisting of 90 units (usually 20 units at 1000 level, 30 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level) which contains compulsory and directed courses (note that the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Marine Science and Sustainable Resource Management majors consist of 100 units, and the Photonics major consists of 110 units).

Choices of majors within the Bachelor of Science include:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geography
  • Marine Science
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sustainable Resource Management

Please note that it is not possible to take a Mathematics or Statistics co-major in the Bachelor of Science when combining the Bachelor of Science with the Bachelor of Mathematics.

Please see the Bachelor of Science handbook entry link above in Further Information for full course details at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-science/handbook

Within the program, students have the opportunity to select electives (courses chosen from any available course offered across the University) according to their individual areas of interest

A maximum of 120 units at 1000 level is allowed

The program of study is based on current year program requirements and may be varied as a result of future changes. Students are advised to contact their Program Advisor for assistance when planning their academic program.


Transition Arrangements

The Bachelor of Mathematics was revised in 2013, and changes to the degree were implemented for 2014. Students who commenced the program in 2013 will have been automatically transitioned to the revised 2014 structure, unless they advise the relevant Program Advisor.  Students who commenced the program prior to 2013 are strongly encouraged to transition to the revised 2014 structure if their pattern of enrolment allows them to do so.  All students are encouraged to seek independent transition and enrolment advice from the Program Advisor.

In the BSc from 2015 STAT1070 is now a program directed course, students enrolled in the combined BMath/BSc are NOT affected by this change as STAT1070 is a core course in your program.

In the BSc from 2014 a new program structure was introduced and students who commenced the program prior to 2014 will have been advised to transition to the revised 2014 structure, wherever their pattern of enrolment allowed them to do so. Students transitioning to the revised 2014 structure must ensure that they complete all required compulsory courses for their major. Students are strongly encouraged to seek independent transition and enrolment advice from their Program Advisor.

In the BSc from 2013 the previous core course SCIT2000 was removed from the program. Students who commenced prior to 2013 who completed SCIT2000 can still count this course towards their program.

Students who have already successfully completed BIOL1050 cannot count BIOL1070 towards their program.

Students who have already successfully completed ENVS2001 cannot count PHYS2300 towards their degree.

Student who have already successfully completed ENVS3205 cannot count GEOS3340 towards their degree.

Students who have already successfully completed SCIT3000 cannot count GEOG3330 towards their program.

Students who have already successfully completed MARI3400 or SCIT3000 or SCIT3500 can not count ENVS3400 towards their degree.


Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about honours, please refer to the program handbooks for the Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours);http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-mathematics-honours/handbook

Bachelor of Science (Honours):http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-science-honours/handbook


Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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