Applied Mathematics, as a discipline
So it is just mathematics right?
Some people do not like mathematics because of the many theories and formulas one has to remember and the tedious calculations one must do to solve mathematical problems. But without mathematics, business has no direction, science is useless, and no invention can be made. Effectively, technology can not advance without mathematics be it simple or advance. Now, let’s have a look at what the Applied Mathematics discipline is (or do we have to say it’s a specific discipline?).
Applied Mathematics is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on using mathematical methods and models to solve real-world problems in science, engineering, business, and other areas. It extends beyond theoretical mathematics by applying mathematical techniques to practical issues, making it highly relevant in various sectors. In many developing countries like Papua New Guinea, there is a misunderstanding that applied mathematics is solely about abstract theories and complex equations. However, modern applied mathematics involves significant computational work and programming skills. Students learn to use software tools and write code to analyze data, simulate scenarios, and develop algorithms, making them proficient in both mathematics and computer science. This combination of skills is crucial for addressing complex challenges in today’s technology-driven world, enhancing economic development, and fostering innovation across multiple industries. By studying applied mathematics, students can become versatile problem solvers and contribute to the country’s progress and global standing.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
Overview
- 4 years full time.
- On Campus (Taraka) and Online mode available.
- Available to domestic students.
- Start Year Intake – February.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics is a four-year program that aims to produce graduates with solid grounding in mathematics with the ability to solve problems in Statistics, Finance, Science, Technology and Engineering by developing and/or using computer programs. They will be employable as Statistical officers, Bank and Finance officers, Programmers, Mathematics teachers, Researchers, etc. In addition, some new disciplines have emerged out of STEM which require solid mathematical and computing background. For example: Big Data Analytics, Data Science, and Computer/Cyber Security. Graduates of this program will be ideally equipped for these.
Entry into the program (both on-campus and online modes) is at Grade 12 or equivalent level. Applicants are required to have completed secondary education or equivalent from a recognized institution. Working class applicants and others who may not be able to avail themselves for on-campus studies are encouraged to use the online mode. You can contact the school to find out more.
Minimum requirements (grades) are:
For applicants from the science stream
- Language & Literature or Applied English – B
- Mathematics A or Advanced Mathematics – B
- Physics – B
For applicants from the social science stream
- Language & Literature or Applied English – B
- Mathematics A or Advanced Mathematics – B
- Economics – B
Intake Quota:
- School Leavers – 20
- Non-School Leavers – 5
- International – 2
Course Structure
SEMESTER ONE | |
AM111 | Foundation Mathematics |
AM112 | Calculus and Algebra |
CD111 | Professional Development |
CS113 | Introduction to ICT |
SEMESTER TWO | |
AM124 | Probability and Statistics 1 |
AM125 | Linear Algebra 1 |
AM126 | Analytical Geometry |
CS123 | Advanced ICT |
SEMESTER ONE | |
AM211 | Calculus and Analysis |
AM212 | Linear Algebra 2 |
AM213 | Discrete Mathematics |
CS115 | Programming I |
SEMESTER TWO | |
AM224 | Mathematical Modelling |
AM225 | Statistics 2 |
AM226 | Numerical Methods 1 |
CS125 | Programming II |
SEMESTER ONE | |
AM311 | Ordinary Differential Equations |
AM312 | Research Methods and Skills |
AM313 | FInancial Mathematics 1 |
CS210 | Programming III |
SEMESTER TWO | |
AM325 | Numerical Methods 2 |
AM326 | Operations Research |
AM327 | Partial Differential Equations & Its Applications |
CS220 | Programming IV |
SEMESTER ONE | |
AM411 | Introduction to Stochastic Modelling |
AM412 | Special Project 1 |
AM413 | Real Analysis |
CS314 | Data Structures & Algorithms |
SEMESTER TWO | |
AM427 | Special Project 2 |
CS325 | Introduction to Data Science |
AM424 | Complex Variables |
(1 Elective) | (1 Elective Topic Subject) |
YEAR 4 ELECTIVE TOPIC SUBJECTS | |
AM425 | Classical Mechanics |
AM426 | Algebraic Structures |
Career Opportunities
So what do you do with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics?
If you have read the opening statements on this page and in the Overview section, you would have some ideas about what possible job opportunities are there.
There are many opportunities for work within PNG and abroad with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics degree. Graduates will be employable as Statistical officers, Bank and Finance officers, Programmers, Researchers, Mathematical teachers, etc. There are many interesting areas related to Computer Science where the application of mathematics is very strong such as in Computer Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Big-Data. Thus, this program prepares students also for these opportunities. And with this program being run side-by-side with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program, it gives students the opportunity to do major final year projects on applications of mathematics in computer science. This will give the graduates of this program some huge selling points for a Technology world that we live in today.
Mathematics is an essential ingredient in any profession and for graduates who have a very solid foundation in mathematics through this program they will be suited to any job that involves a lot of data analysis, trend and pattern recognition, forecasting, etc… The industries in PNG are fast growing and many more jobs are now opening for mathematicians.