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.

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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.

Courses

Jobs/applications

Analysis, linear algebra

Engineering, science in general

Graph theory, geometric modeling

Computer programming, algorithm and game design

Cryptography, number theory

Computer security

Numerical analysis, modeling

Engineering, meteorology

Optimization, operations research

Risk management, industrial scheduling and control

Probability, financial mathematics

Financial markets, insurance

Coding, wavelets

Signal processing, image and data compression

Major/Minor Programmes

Honours Year Project

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS)

Internship Opportunities