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Mathematics and Statistics

The maths and stats major is, obviously, a major in maths. The thing is, ‘maths’ is such a broad area of study that the major itself is split up into four specialisations: pure maths; applied maths; discrete maths and operations research; and statistics and stochastic processes. Because these specialisations are quite different from each other, there are quite a few second year subjects, and a lot of third year subjects, and you’ll probably need help to figure out exactly what you need to do for your major. However, the good news is that there are only 3 (or 2 if you did specialist maths pre-tertiary) first year maths subjects that need to be done that will allow you to do any of the second year maths subjects. The department also has course advice sessions, along with 1 on 1 appointments, later on in the year to help people choose their subjects/major, which allows you to get a feel for what the subjects are like before really committing to it.

The subjects themselves can be a bit ‘hit and miss’, and a lot of it is based on who you get as a lecturer. First year subjects generally have several ‘streams’ and a different lecturer for each though, so you can swap around if you dislike the way your lecturer teaches, however in second and third year subjects, you only get the one. The exams in every subject are generally worth either 70% or 80%, which is always a point of contention with students, although you get used to it as you do more of them.

The department also offers a diploma of maths, which essentially just adds on a few more subjects to your degree, as long as you aren’t doing a maths major. This allows people who can’t decide between maths and another major (generally physics or engineering) the freedom to do both, as well as people from other degrees to do one of the majors in maths. You can cross-credit some subjects (ie let them count towards the completion of both degrees), however it will most likely add another year to your degree unless you overload subjects.