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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Applied Sciences and Engineering
Course coordinatorDr Andrew Percy (School of Applied Sciences and Engineering)


Mathematical techniques and models form a significant component of nearly all branches of modern science. Mathematics is also an important discipline in its own right, and encompasses the formal study of numerical, algebraic and analytical structures, the development of quantitative methods essential for the practice and development of science, engineering, economics and other fields, and the development and utilisation of mathematical and numerical models in various contexts.

The mathematics and modelling minor sequence provides a grounding in mathematical techniques relevant to modelling and problem analysis, spanning continuous mathematics and deterministic modelling.


On completion of the minor sequence in mathematics and modelling, students will:

  • have achieved an understanding of a range of basic mathematical concepts and techniques relevant to scientific modelling and problem analysis
  • have achieved an understanding of basic techniques of single variable and multivariable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations
  • have developed an appreciation of the relevance of mathematics to various fields of activity
  • have developed basic modelling, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • have developed skills in the effective use of mathematical computer software
  • be prepared for a range of further training avenues in mathematics and related disciplines
  • be equipped for employment in areas requiring analytical and quantitative skills.


Level one

Level two

  • ENV2792 Mathematical models of the environment
  • MTH2010 Multivariable calculus
  • STA2216 Applied statistics 2A

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in mathematics and modelling (24 points)

Requirements for honours in mathematics

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units, of which 18 points are normally mathematics units. Level three mathematics units and an honours program in mathematics are only available on the Clayton campus.

Additional information

The mathematics and modelling minor sequence combines well with all science sequences, assisting students to develop skills in logic and analytical thinking as well as providing specific skills in problem solving, modelling and data analysis.

First level units provide essential foundation knowledge for upper level studies. Students may then select second level units according to their needs and interests. Students planning to take third level mathematics units offered from the Clayton campus must include MTH1030 at first level and MTH2010 at second level.

Relevant Courses

+ 0050 Bachelor of Science