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Undergraduate Study in Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics at NUS is the largest department in the Faculty of Science. We offer a wide range of modules catered to specialists contemplating careers in mathematical science research as well as to those interested in applications of advanced mathematics to science, technology and commerce. The curriculum strives to maintain a balance between mathematical rigour and applications to other disciplines.

We offer a variety of major and minor programmes, covering different areas of mathematical sciences, for students pursuing full-time undergraduate studies. Those keen in multidisciplinary studies would also find learning opportunities in special combinations such as double degree, double major and interdisciplinary programmes.

Honours graduates may further their studies with the Graduate Programme in Mathematics by Research leading to M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree, or with the M.Sc. Programme in Mathematics by Coursework.

Quick Overview

Taking Math in NUS: A Door That Opens to Many Possibilities
A short video by A/P Victor Tan on the real-world applications of mathematics, career prospects, and programme options available.

 

Prospective Students

Career Prospects

Mathematics graduates are much in demand wherever quantitative analysis is needed and/or rigorous, objective, critical analysis is valued. They are widely employed in commerce, industry and government sectors.

The various areas that our mathematics graduates can build a career include operations management, financial analysis, risk management, information processing, IT, administration, education and research. The following are some examples:

Area

Job

Institution

Administration

Administrator

Government and private sectors

Education

Teacher, curriculum developer, editor of textbooks

MOE, schools, polytechnics, publishers

Financial analysis

Financial analyst, financial planner, actuary, financial engineer, fund manager

Banks, insurance companies, hedge funds

Information management

Data analyst, cryptanalyst

DSO, MINDEF

IT

Software engineer, multimedia architect

IBM, HP, I2R, game design firms

Operations management

Operations research analyst

SIA, PSA

Research

University lecturer, researcher

Academic institutions, research organizations


There are many mathematics courses that prepare a mathematics major student with the relevant skills to work in the specific area. The mathematics training in general also equips students with the analytical skills that are essential in many jobs, especially executive works. The table below serves as a guide.

Real World Application

Areas in Mathematics

Internet: search engines, compression

Graph theory, linear algebra, wavelets

Confidentiality

Number theory, cryptology/combinatorics

Global reconnaissance

Signal / image processing, data mining

Options valuation

Black-Scholes model and Monte Carlo simulation

Analysis of the human genome

Data mining, pattern recognition, algorithms

Rational drug design

Data mining, combinatorics, statistics

MRI and CAT Imaging

Integral geometry, Fourier analysis, wavelet

Aerodynamic design

Differential equations

Visual effect

Computer graphics, differential equations

Modeling of oceans and atmosphere

Wavelets, statistics, numerical analysis

Earthquake analysis and prediction

Statistics, dynamical systems/turbulence

 

Major/Minor Programmes

Honours Year Project

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS)

Internship Opportunities