Why study the Bachelors of Mathematics/Commerce

The dual four-year program provides students with a focused background in commerce, along with the in-depth knowledge of a mathematics degree. In the Commerce component, compulsory courses will build a solid foundation of business skills that you will apply to many decisions and issues in the contemporary business environment. Commerce majors are in accounting, business information systems and finance.

In the Mathematics component you will develop a comprehensive specialised knowledge in one field of mathematics or a high level of sophistication in the applications of mathematics. Modern computation, advances in scientific technology and the increasing production of data have all increased the scope for applications of mathematics well beyond the traditional areas of engineering and the physical sciences, to include fields such as finance, economics, information technology and molecular biology. There is increasing recognition that graduates with high-level quantitative and analytic skills will play a key role at the forefront of new developments in these and other fields.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and Mathematics B.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Mathematics/Commerce is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Mathematics/Commerce has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Chartered Secretaries Australia Limited
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Mathematics/Commerce.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Accounting

Courses allow you to develop the skills necessary to practice in the accounting profession. Students complete the accounting major and use their electives to study the necessary prerequisites for associate membership of the key Australian accounting professional bodies, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Applied Mathematics

The applied mathematics major focuses on the derivation and evaluation of models in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. Advanced techniques for solving differential equations using advanced mathematics are studied in the second and third year of the major. Computation plays an increasingly large role in the solution of problems in applied mathematics, and the algorithms and ideas which allow their efficient solution form an important part of the field. Courses in the major provide students with the skills to implement and develop these methods.

More information about the Applied Mathematics Major.

Business Information Systems

This major is designed for those who wish to obtain education and in-depth training in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of computer systems. Courses facilitate the development of information systems skills in a business environment. You will also gain the skills to design, develop and manage computer applications involving accounting data.

Data Analytics and Operations Research

Data analytics and operations research are rapidly growing disciplines that use a range of mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to extract information and make decisions in areas from pure science research to applied business management.

This major will provide students with skills in analysing large and complex data sets and making effective decisions using optimisation techniques.

More information about the Data Analytics and Operations Research Major.

Finance

In this major you will undertake courses in financial management, portfolio management, and corporate finance principles including risk assessment and business statistics.

Mathematical Physics

The field of mathematical physics focuses on the mathematical foundations of modern physical theories. It provides the mathematical understanding and tools underpinning a broad range of contemporary science including statistical mechanics, relativity and the quantum theory of many body systems.

Students who undertake a major in mathematical physics will gain the mathematical background required to understand and describe nature at its most fundamental levels. The major will not only prepare students for research in mathematical physics and related disciplines; it will foster creativity and develop high-level skills in critical and analytical thinking, paramount in problem solving.

More information about the Mathematical Physics Major.

Pure Mathematics

The pure mathematics major develops foundations and theory in a broad range of mathematical fields. Students study mathematical concepts in terms of their intrinsic nature and fundamental properties, gaining an appreciation of the ubiquity, universality and beauty of mathematics.

Courses in the major develop high-level skills in critical, analytical and abstract thinking, and provide frameworks for deeper understanding of other areas of mathematics such as applied mathematics, mathematical physics and statistics. The major offers the opportunity to acquire a solid grounding in the key areas of pure mathematics, as well to undertake focused study in advanced courses. Our pure mathematics courses cover areas such as algebra, analysis, combinatorics, geometry, number theory and topology.

More information about the Pure Mathematics Major.

Statistics

Statistics provides the mathematics and techniques necessary for understanding and dealing with chance and uncertainty. It involves the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, with the aim of extracting patterns and other useful relationships. A key feature of statistics is the development and use of probabilistic models for random phenomena, which can be analysed and used to make predictions and decisions.

More information about the Statistics Major.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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