Details of First Year (Level I) Mathematics Courses

Students whose program requires them to take Mathematics courses in later years must take the standard first year courses MATH1131 Mathematics 1A and MATH1231 Mathematics 1B, or their higher equivalents MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A and MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B. The higher versions cover all of the material in MATH1131 and MATH1231, often at greater depth, and are intended for students who have obtained high marks in HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Extension 2, or very high marks in Mathematics Extension 1 alone.

Students who do not intend studying Mathematics beyond Year 1 may instead take the courses MATH1031 Mathematics for Life Sciences and MATH1041 Statistics for Life and Social Sciences. However, students who select these courses should seriously consider the implications of their choice because only a limited number of further Mathematics courses will be available to them. 

The single course MATH1011 Fundamentals of Mathematics B is also available to students seeking an alternate prerequisite for MATH1131 in cases where they do not meet the normal HSC prerequisites. Students should note, however, that only one of MATH1011 and MATH1131 can be counted in their degree.

MATH1151 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 1A and MATH1251 Mathematics for Actuarial Studies and Finance 1B are similar to MATH1141 and MATH1241, but are designed for Actuarial Studies students, for students in the BCom/BSc who are taking majors in Finance and Mathematics and for the Mathematics and Finance Plan in Advanced Science.

The course MATH1081 Discrete Mathematics is an additional Level I course which is highly recommended for all students who intend to major in Mathematics. It may be taken in Stage 1 or Stage 2, depending on the mathematical background of the student.

NOTE: The courses MATH1090 Discrete Mathematics for Electrical Engineers and MATH1021 General Mathematics 1C are no longer run.