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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


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

UON program code: 40170

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Mathematics, and Bachelor of Science (2019 onwards)

Program handbook


The Bachelor of Mathematics/Bachelor of Science combined degree is for those who are interested in understanding the world around us and how it works. This degree is for those that are inspired to build new knowledge and discover new things. Without maths, interpreting the real world would not be possible. Mathematics is the language of science and underpins most technological advances that we rely on every day. You will learn from leading researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and our guidance and mentoring give you the confidence to know you’re heading where you want to with your career. You’ll have authentic opportunities to work with industry and in research whilst you study. By the time you finish your studies, you will have the practical skills to make a difference in the world and contribute new solutions to the many scientific challenges we face.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • You will be a problem solver and an innovator who can identify, draw upon and manage resources to take a scientific project from concept to completion.
  • You will be a critical thinker who has keen insight and a broad perspective of the world to find scientific solutions to complex problems.
  • You will be a practitioner who has the ability to apply your learning and skills to create new understandings of the world and real world issues that lay at the intersection of many traditional and emerging science disciplines.
  • You will be a keen scientific researcher and skilled technician who has the ability to think creatively, to plan, to evaluation, to reflect upon and apply your findings.
  • You will be a person who has the flexibility to work in many different environments, to harness collective knowledge within local and global professional networks, to communicate effectively, to work with people and have an appreciation of others.
  • You will be a professional who can apply your skills and knowledge of science to the highest ethical standards responsibly and honestly.


Information correct as at23rd Sep 2018 11:32am
Program code40170
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian

This program is new for 2018, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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Assumed knowledgeHSC 2 unit Mathematics
Recommended studiesHSC Mathematics Extension 1 or higher and HSC Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics and/or Earth & Environmental Science would be a strong advantage in this program, depending on the major you intend to complete.
Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
  2. School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here.  Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

Enrolling in mathematics - Maths placement test

Your degree includes either compulsory or optional courses in maths. To maximise your likelihood of academic success, it is recommended that you select the course which matches your existing knowledge and understanding of maths concepts.

Answer a few questions now to find out what mathematics you should enrol in.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants 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 here.

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, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

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.

Program requirements

This program requires the successful completion of 320 units. Students must complete one of the following pathways:

  • Pathway A: 100 units of Core courses, 20-30 units of BMath Directed courses*, 10 units of BMath Programming Directed courses, one (1) 80 unit BSc major, one (1) 80 unit BMath major and 40-50 units of Open courses. See Major and Open options for this pathway below.
  • Pathway B: 100 units of Core courses, 20-30 units of BMath Directed courses*, 10 units of BMath Programming Directed courses, one (1) 120 unit BSc major, one (1) 80 unit BMath major and 0-10 units of Electives. See Major and Open options for this pathway below.

*Students choose their MATH Directed courses based on previous mathematical background. See the B Mathematics Program Handbook's Standard and Alternate Pathway lists for details.

Pathway A Options for the B Science Program:

Majors available based on Disciplines:

  • Biology: Biology.
  • Chemistry: Chemistry of Advanced Materials; Environmental and Analytical Chemistry; Medicinal and Organic Chemistry.
  • Earth Science: Earth Sciences.
  • Environmental Science: Biodiversity and Conservation; Marine and Coastal Science; Sustainable Resources Management.
  • Geography: Geography.

Pathway A Open course options:

  • One 40 unit elective pathway and 10 units of Electives OR
  • 50 unit of Electives.

Pathway B Options for the B Science Program:

Majors available based on Disciplines:

  • Biology: Animal Biology; Plant Biology;
  • Chemistry: Chemistry.
  • Earth Science: Climate, Water and Soils; Geology;
  • Environmental Science: Conservation and Ecological Sciences; Environmental Remediation; Marine, Coastal and Ecological Sciences;
  • Geography: Integrated Geography.
  • Physics: Physics
  • Psychology: Psychology.

Pathway A and Pathway B Major Options for the B Mathematics Program:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Studies in Mathematics and Statistics

It is strongly recommended that students undertake the maths diagnostic quiz prior to enrolment to assist in selecting the appropriate level of maths. For more information please see here.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements for this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
MATH1800Mathematical Modelling
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE1001Professional Scientific Thinking
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Central Coast)
10 units
SCIE1002Multidisciplinary Laboratories
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and Engineering
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Summer 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2320Linear Algebra
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE2001Professional Employment SkillsNot currently offered10 units
SCIE2002Interdisciplinary Challenges
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT2010Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
10 units
SCIE3001ATransdisciplinary Capstone: Planning & ImplementingNot currently offered10 units
SCIE3001BTransdisciplinary Capstone: Implementing & CommunicatingNot currently offered10 units


Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Mathematics/ Bachelor of Science degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may apply to undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree and further develop their specific areas of interest.

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online