Undergraduate study in Mathematics

What can you study in Mathematics?

Stage I Mathematics courses provide you with a range of concepts, theoretical results and skills in analysis, computation and modelling. Stage II and III courses build on these and help you to acquire a broader base of skills and a deeper understanding of the concepts involved.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Mathematics

You can study Mathematics as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Mathematics will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

Enrolling in Stage I Mathematics courses

There are Mathematics courses and two distinct pathways to suit different backgrounds.

The advancing option (MATHS 150 and at Stage II, MATHS 250) is for better prepared students and others who want to major or minor in Mathematics. There is also a general option (MATHS 108 and then 208). Both meet the needs of students studying commerce.

If you have at least 18 credits in Calculus at NCEA Level 3 with at least 6 merit or excellence credits (or equivalent), we encourage you to enrol in MATHS 150 rather than the general course MATHS 108.

If you have studied Mathematics at or beyond Year 12 level, but have achieved fewer than 12 credits in Calculus or Statistics at NCEA Level 3 or at least 18 credits in Mathematics at NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent), you should enrol in MATHS 102 followed by MATHS 108 or (with a B+ or better pass) MATHS 150.

If you have little or no background in Mathematics

There are introductory level courses (MATHS 101 and 102) for students with weaker backgrounds.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Mathematics

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Mathematics as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Mathematics. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Mathematics

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre