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.
Pure mathematics deals with the abstract, the rigour and the beauty of perfection. Although pure mathematics is motivated by reasons other than applications, it often becomes the basis for applied mathematics to solve the most concrete problems: the theory of prime numbers is fundamental to the security systems in electronic banking; notions of the curvature of space and time are applied in designing global positioning systems; imaginary numbers are used in everything from signal processing to the analysis of fluid flow. The examples are endless.
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 very applicable mathematical methods to statistics to pure mathematics. In addition to the major and extended major in pure mathematics, a broader major and extended major is offered in mathematics, along with specialised programs in applied mathematics, mathematical statistics, and financial and insurance mathematics. There are many cross links between pure and applied mathematics and statistics, and this is reflected in the mix of units students can choose from 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.
By studying pure mathematics at university, students will also develop general skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, modelling, scholarship, analysis and research, which can be used wherever their career may take them. Successful companies and organisations know their competitive edge depends critically on the level of analytical skills of their workforce and therefore seek employees with a sound mathematical training. Pure mathematics graduates work in a wide variety of fields such as teaching; the finance, computing and insurance industries; medical and scientific research; the public service, and journalism.
Pure 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 the minor in mathematicsminor in mathematics (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/aos/mathematics/) (24 points) that includes:
but does not include:
Note 1: MTH2025 is available only to 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-students/help-and-support) office.
b. The following units (12 points) with at least one at level 3:
Note 2: If either of these units was completed as part of the minor, replace it with a unit from the list under (c) below.
c. Two additional units (12 points) from the following, with overall at least three units (18 points) at level 3:
No more than 12 points at level 1 and at least 36 points at level 3.
a. The requirements for the major in pure mathematics (48 points)
b. Four additional units (24 points) from the list c. under the major above or as listed below, with overall at least six units (36 points) at level 3:
Successful completion of 24 points of relevant 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 major or extended major in the same area of study.