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Tuition Fees:$3,258 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Stellenbosch
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

The BSc in Mathematical Sciences allows students scope in choosing a stream according to their interest. The stream you choose determines your compulsory major subject in your third year.

In their first year, all streams have Mathematics as a compulsory subject. However, the stream you choose will determine your other subjects, as well as the compulsory major in your third year. These might also include subjects offered by other faculties, such as Economics, Operations Research and Music Technology.

Stream: Mathematics

This stream equips you to become a graduate with a thorough understanding of the nature, scope and application potential of mathematics.

You will be able to continue with postgraduate studies in mathematics or enter a career where sophisticated quantitative skills and insight are required. This includes careers in the industrial and business sector such as in banking, insurance and investment firms.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Mathematics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Applied Mathematics, Biomathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematical Statistics, Operations Research or Physics.

Stream: Applied Mathematics

This stream trains students to become graduates who have the necessary knowledge and skills in respect of mathematical methods and computer techniques to solve both quantitative and qualitative problems in science and technology.

With this theoretical and technical background and experience in various applications, such as the modelling of dynamic processes, image processing, computer security, numerical methods and flow modelling, you will be able to pursue a successful career in industry, banking and the computer industry.

The Applied Mathematics stream leads to an honours programme in Applied Mathematics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Biomathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics or Operations Research.

Stream: Biomathematics

There is a growing demand from fields such as molecular and systems biology, bioinformatics, and ecology for researchers with solid mathematical skills who can develop and analyse precise models for experimental data. The biomathematics stream meets this demand.

Biomathematics is a broad interdisciplinary field where mathematical, statistical, and computing techniques are used to explain phenomenon and research problems within the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences – from predicting the influence of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis to the effects of climate change in South Africa.

The Biomathematics stream offers two options of which you choose one:

  • a Molecular Biology option that leads to an honours programme in Biomathematics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, an honours programme in Biochemistry; and
  • an Ecology option that leads to an honours programme in Biomathematics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Mathematical Statistics.

As a biomathematician you will be able to work for pharmaceutical companies, the government, health organisations, and the agricultural and environmental sectors as a climatologist, as a future analyst or as a researcher.

Stream: Mathematical Statistics

The purpose of this stream is to train you to become an expert not only in identifying, analysing and interpreting the information contained in data, but also in planning the entire process. The programme will also prepare you for a career that requires a strong mathematical statistics background, for instance in the banking and insurance industries.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Mathematical Statistics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Biomathematics, Computer Science, Economics, Genetics, Operations Research or Mathematics.

Stream: Computer Science

This stream equips you with extensive knowledge of computer science (including programming, computer systems, databases, networks, operating systems, concurrent programming) that will enable you to study further in order to pursue a career in the industry as a programmer.

With a computer science degree, you have an international qualification enabling you to find work with or do research for national or international companies.

There are many different companies that require technical specialists ranging from financial institutions such as banks that have to guarantee security, to companies that develop mobile solutions for cell phones.

If you have an interest in the business world, you can start a business, providing computer solutions, or work as an independent consultant or contractor.

The Computer Science* stream has three options of which you choose one:

  • an option where you take Computer Science as major subject in combination with a second major subject (excluding Genetics or Geographical Information Technology) that leads to an honours programme in Computer Science and also to an honours programme in the second major subject you have chosen.
  • an option where you take Genetics as second major subject in combination with Computer Science that leads to an honours programme in Computer Science or in Genetics.
  • an option where you take Geographical Information Technology as second major subject in combination with Computer Science that leads to an honours programme in Computer Science or Geographical Information Technology.

A new programme, BSc in Computer Science will be phased in from 2021, subject to accreditation from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), and will then replace this Computer Science stream offered in the Mathematical Sciences programme.

Stream: Financial Mathematics

The goal of this stream is to develop a good understanding of the nature, scope and application potential of mathematics in the financial sector. With this qualification, you will be able to follow a career in banking, insurance and investments institutions.

If applicable elective modules are taken, this stream leads to an honours programme in Mathematics or Mathematical Statistics.

Stream: Operations Research

Operations research takes a multidisciplinary, scientific approach to decision-making. The aim is to find the best solutions to complicated problems by the optimal allocation of scarce resources. The goal-oriented approach of this stream with its synergistic style delivers graduates who can find solutions to quantitative problems.

You can work as a consultant in the industry or as a process or system optimiser. You can also work in the logistics department in die transport and provisioning sectors or as project developer.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Operations Research and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, also an honours programme in Applied Mathematics or in Biomathematics or in Computer Science or in Economics or in Genetics or in Mathematical Statistics or in Physics.

Stream: Abstract Mathematics

Abstract Mathematics is intended for students who want to become high school Mathematics teachers, lecturers at university or mathematicians who do research in interdisciplinary fields which rely more on structural mathematics rather than analytical mathematics.

It allows you to combine Mathematics as the first major with one of the following subjects as your second major: Applied Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Genetics or Physics.

There is also the opportunity to have Mathematics as a double major, in which case you will obtain a solid foundation for postgraduate study in mathematics.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Mathematics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics.

Curriculum

First Year

Actuarial Science 112(8)
Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)
Economics 114(12), 144(12)
Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)
Probability Theory and Statistics 144(16)
Science in Context 178(12)

Second Year

Actuarial Science 211(18)
Financial Risk Management 212(8), 242(8), 252(6)
Mathematical Statistics 214(16), 245(8), 246(8)
Mathematics 214(16), 244(16)
Scientific Computing 272(5)

Third Year

Financial Mathematics 378(32)
Mathematical Statistics 312(16), 316(16)
Mathematics 324(16)
Scientific Computing 372(5)

Admission Requirements

An average final mark of 65% in the National Senior Certificate or the school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (excluding Life Orientation);

– For degree programmes in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics; OR

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences when you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154, a final mark of 60% (5) for Mathematics; OR if you are planning to take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics;

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– For degree programmes in the Mathematical Sciences when you choose Chemistry and/or Physics, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– A final mark of 50% (4) for Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language); and

– A final mark of 50% (4) for one other designated university admission subject.

HIGCSE and Namibian NSSC

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 3

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 2

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

AS-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – D

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – B

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – C

A-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – E

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – D

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – E

IB HL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 4

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

IB SL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 5

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 4

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Before you apply
Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Actuarial analyst
– Actuary
– Chartered accountant
– Chartered certified accountant
– Data analyst
– Investment analyst
– Research scientist (maths)
– Secondary school teacher
– Statistician
– Systems developer

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*South African students pay R54020 per year as tuition fees.
*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Ingrid Rewitzky
Departmental Head
 
Mrs Wilma Wagener
Academic Coordinator