It is a student's responsibility to ensure that the graduation requirements applicable to his/her cohort will be satisfied within the given candidature. As modules offered by the Department of Mathematics may vary from year to year, it would be in a student’s interest to have several options for his/her study plan.

The following sample study plans serve to help students (especially freshmen) better plan their studies. Students may also plan a different combination depending on their personal interests and circumstances.

In addition, a student with good mathematics background and a student with average mathematics background may want to proceed differently in terms of study schedules. They may use these Sample Schedules as reference for planning, taking note that examples A and C are for slow-pace progression, and examples B and D are for fast-pace progression.

Students are also advised to have some understanding of the prerequisites of the modules they want to read, and to pay due attention to those modules which are prerequisites of other modules in later studies. This is especially important for students intending to pursue Honours. They may use the NUS Mods for this purpose.

What is the difference between major in Mathematics and major in Applied Mathematics?

Both majors share common essential modules that are compulsory. These provide the basic background knowledge in mathematics.

For major in Mathematics, you would study topics such as algebra, analysis, geometry and topology which focus more on foundations, theory, and proving techniques. The latter is particularly helpful in the training of a rigourous mind. For major in Applied Mathematics, you would focus more on mathematics that deals with applications, including modeling and algorithms. We offer a variety of subjects including financial mathematics, coding theory, numerical analysis and optimization.

What is the difference between mathematics and statistics?

Mathematics deals with numbers, discrete and continuous quantities, geometric figures and images, etc in all their generalities. It ranges from the most abstract and fundamental theories in pure mathematics to the most concrete methods and practical algorithms in applied mathematics. An undergraduate math major paves the way for a variety of quantitative disciplines at the postgraduate level, including statistics, economics and management science.

On the other hand, statistics deals with the collection and analysis of data and information in surveys, experiments, databases, etc in order to reach conclusions or decide on a suitable course of action.

Would I be learning mathematics that’s very much different from those taught in junior colleges?

The topics would be mostly new and are naturally at a higher level than what is required in JC. You should also expect some changes in the emphasis of and the way you deal with materials. You would need to develop analytical skills and learn more on fundamental ideas, proving techniques as well as application of mathematical theories.

If I do not have A-level H2 mathematics, can I still read a major in Mathematics?

Yes, you may still do that as long as you are admitted to the Faculty of Science. Our programme provides a bridging module MA1301 to help students attain the A-level H2 mathematics standard before they embark on a major in mathematics.

As a mathematics major student, can I use modules in the Department to satisfy unrestricted electives (UE) requirements?

Yes, since the definition of UE means it could be a module from any department or faculty. But note that the modular credit (MC) for each module may only be counted once.

As a mathematics major student, I am sometimes allowed to use selected modules from other faculties to fulfil the graduation requirements (for e.g. CS3231). Can I also use this to satisfy the breadth requirement?

Yes, since CS module is offered by another faculty (School of Computing). But note that the modular credit (MC) for the module may only be counted once.

Read more about breadth requirements.

Can I use CS1101, CS1010, CS1010E or CS1010S to satisfy mathematics major requirement as well as faculty requirement?

Yes, since CS-coded modules are also categorized under the Computing Sciences subject group which are outside your major subject group.

Read more about faculty requirements.

There are so many versions on CS1101. Which one should I be reading?

CS1101C and CS1101S are different versions of CS1101 that are offered to selected group of students. Their course content vary slightly from CS1101.

CS1101X/Y/Z are simply different lecture groups of CS1101 and students may choose to read any of these groups. While students with experience in programming or who are confident to be in a class of students with experience in programming may register for CS1101X, those without experience should go for CS1101Y or CS1101Z. Read more about CS1101X.

From AY2010/2011, they are replaced by CS1010/CS1010E/CS1010S.

Can I read double major in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics?

No, because of the restriction of no more than 1/3 module overlap in both majors.

Can I read double major in Mathematics with Quantitative Finance?

Yes. However, the course structure for Quantitative Finance is very packed due to its multidisciplinary nature. As such, you would have time disadvantage if you were to read such a combination.

If you insist on reading such a combination, note that only the three modules – MA1101R, MA1102R and MA1104 – and at most two other modules may be used to satisfy both major requirements.

This is only applicable for students reading this double major combination under the old structure. It does not apply for the new second major programmes.

I’d like to read double major in Mathematics with Statistics. What are the common modules that I can use to fulfil both sets of graduation requirements?

Only the three modules – MA1101R, MA1102R and MA2101 – and at most two other modules may be used to satisfy both major requirements.

This is only applicable for students reading this double major combination under the old structure. It does not apply for the new second major programmes.

I’d like to read a major in Mathematics with minor in Statistics. What are the common modules that I can use to fulfil both sets of graduation requirements?

Only MA1102R and ST2131/MA2216 can be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements.

I’d like to read double major in Computational Science with Mathematics. What are the common modules that I can use to fulfil both sets of graduation requirements?

Only the two modules – MA1101R and MA1102R – and at most three other modules may be used to satisfy both major requirements.

This is only applicable for students reading this double major combination under the old structure. It does not apply for the new second major programmes.

I’d like to read a major in Mathematics with minor in Computational Science. Are there any restrictions?

At most two CZ modules may be used to satisfy both major and minor requirements.

I’d like to read a primary major in Mathematics with a second major in Statistics. Are there any special conditions to fulfil?

__ For students who were admitted before 2016/17,__ you must satisfy all the following conditions:

- Use the following modules to count towards the graduation requirements of both majors:
- MA1101R,
- MA1102R,
- MA2108/MA2108S,
- MA2216/ST2131,
- ST2132;

- You are not allowed to use modules other than those listed above to count towards the graduation requirements of both majors;
__For students who were admitted before 2014/15,__ you must read three additional MA or ST modules at level 2000 or above, and which are not overlapping with any other modules used to satisfy the respective primary major or second major requirements. The additional MA or ST modules must belong to the elective lists of the primary major or second major.
__For students who were admitted in 2014/15 and 2015/16,__ you must read one additional MA or ST modules at level 2000 or above, and which are not overlapping with any other modules used to satisfy the respective primary major or second major requirements. The additional MA or ST modules must belong to the elective lists of the primary major or second major.

__ For students who were admitted in 2016/17 or later,__ you must satisfy the following conditions:

- Use the following modules to count towards the graduation requirements of both majors:
- CS1010S,
- MA1101R,
- MA1102R,
- MA2108/MA2108S,
- MA2216/ST2131;

- You are not allowed to use modules other than those listed above to count towards the graduation requirements of both majors;
- You must read one additional MA or ST modules at level 2000 or above, and which are not overlapping with any other modules used to satisfy the respective primary major or second major requirements. The additional MA or ST modules must belong to the elective lists of the primary major or second major.

I was admitted directly to read primary major in Mathematics and second major in Management. How can I get the core modules BSP1703 and DSC1704 which are offered by the School of Business?

Students who were admitted directly to read primary major in Mathematics with second major in Management should note that:

- BSP1703 Managerial Economics and DSC1704 Decision Analytics will be pre-allocated in Semester 2 of Year 1 of their candidature.
- Both modules will only be pre-allocated once. If they drop any of them after pre-allocation, they will have to bid for the module/s regardless of the reasons for dropping.
- If they drop the module/s and choose to read them in other semesters within their candidature, they will have to bid for the module/s.

I can’t find answers in the FAQs above.

Check the FAQ page by the Faculty of Science. If you still can’t find the answers, drop us an email.