This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.
Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Applied mathematics is concerned with using mathematical techniques and models to obtain practical solutions to concrete problems. This may help explain observations, or predict what may happen in the future. Applications of mathematics span most branches of modern science, engineering, information technology and commerce. In particular, biology and medicine are important emerging areas where a mathematical approach can reveal new knowledge. Applied mathematicians do not just rely on existing mathematical theories and techniques - often they need to develop new theories or adapt existing approaches to the specific application. They try to view problems in an abstract form, so they can identify links with other applications and build upon the existing knowledge. They also use computational techniques to understand the solution better and reveal its properties. A key feature of applied mathematics is its emphasis on the mathematical techniques and approaches used, and what they are able to reveal about each application, rather than a detailed understanding of the application area itself.
The School of Mathematical Sciences offers a comprehensive program of mathematics units at all undergraduate levels. It encompasses a wide range of areas of modern mathematics, from mathematical methods to statistics to pure mathematics, as well as demonstrating the applications of mathematics across a variety of fields. In addition to the major and extended major in applied mathematics, a broader major and extended major is offered in mathematics, along with specialised programs in mathematical statistics, pure mathematics and financial and insurance mathematics. There are cross links between applied and pure mathematics and statistics, and this is reflected in the mix of units that students can select to complete a major or extended major. Our curriculum is continuously updated to ensure that our students are exposed to the latest developments in mathematics, and acquire skills relevant to the current needs of industry.
Applied mathematics is used to solve problems from many branches of science, engineering, information technology and commerce. For example, it can help understand how cells divide, generate new financial tools, or predict weather. By studying applied mathematics at university, students will also develop general skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, modelling, scholarship, analysis, research and creativity, which can be used wherever their career may take them. Mathematics and statistics are also the two cornerstones for decision making and quantitative activities in commerce, industry, education and defence. Successful companies and organisations know their competitive edge depends on the analytical and quantitative skills of their workforce, and therefore seek employees with a sound mathematical training. Applied mathematics graduates work in a variety of fields, such as the finance, computing and insurance industries, medical and scientific research, the public service, journalism and teaching.
Applied mathematics is listed in S2000 Bachelor of Science, S3001 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) and S3002 Bachelor of Science Advanced - Research (Honours) at Clayton as a major or extended major.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major or extended major will be able to:
No more than 12 points at level 1 and at least 18 points at level 3.
a. The requirements for a minor in mathematicsminor in mathematics (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/aos/mathematics/) (24 points) that includes the following:
Students in the double degree E3007 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science, the following:
b. The following unit (6 points):
Note 2: MTH2025 is for students with a strong mathematics background. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in this unit at the Science Student ServicesScience Student Services (http://www.monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/help) office.
No more than 12 points at level 1, and at least 36 points at level 3.
a. The requirements for the major in applied mathematics (48 points)
b. Three additional level 3 units (18 points) from the list (c.) under the major above or MTH3251 (Financial mathematics), including at least one additional unit from MTH3011, MTH3020, MTH3051, MTH3060 and MTH3310.
c. One additional unit (6 points) from the list (c) under the major or from the following:
Successful completion of 24 points of level 3 units listed above, of which normally at least 18 points are relevant to the honours project.
Refer to S3701 Bachelor of Science (Honours) for full details.
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*
Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the major by using 48 points of their free electives.
Successful completion of this area of study can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Science component in the following double degrees:*
* Students cannot complete a minor, major or extended major in the same area of study.