Distinguished research biologist and Australian of the Year, Sir Gustav Nossal recommends: "Do as much Mathematics and Statistics as you can in your degrees - these skills will empower your professional lives."

Mathematics and Statistics are at the leading edge of knowledge, providing important new insights into nature, technology and business, while drawing on a rich history of ideas as old as civilisation itself.

This major will enable you to gain depth of knowledge in a specialised area, as well as equip you with transferable skills related to conceptual understanding, how to analyse and solve problems, and teamwork. These are powerful tools for understanding science and the world of economics and finance, as well as in the study of human behaviour in the fields of psychology, linguistics and the social sciences.

Ellen Muir

“Studying mathematics equips you with valuable quantitative, problem-solving and analytical skills. At university I began to appreciate how mathematics can be used as a powerful tool to gain insight into problems in a variety of fields and applications.”

Sample course plans

Sample course plans for the BSc [PDF]

  • Career Outcomes

    A Mathematics major provides a strong foundation for an employment or research career in areas including the general sciences, agriculture and environmental sciences, banking, finance, commerce, engineering, government and education. Job titles may include; logistics/project manager, market research consultant, or medical analyst.

    Mathematics graduates are highly sought after and receive above-average entry-level salaries. Employment growth for actuaries, mathematicians, statistician is projected to be strong leading to 2019.

    Scott Gigante

    “My dream career would be working on mathematical problems to be solved using some combination of computer science and mathematics and statistics, ideally in the biomedical field.”

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Mathematics and Statistics are well-placed to apply for: 

    • Professionally-focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in mathematics and statistics, and related areas in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

    Dougal Davis

    “What inspires me the most about mathematics and statistics is the power it gives us to analyse and understand very complicated objects. In my research project, I am aiming to understand the solution to a technical problem in the intersection theory of moduli spaces.”

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Mathematics and Statistics

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective