Mathematics is one of the oldest of the sciences, with a long and very prestigious history. The pyramid builders of Egypt, the astronomers of Babylonia, the geometers of ancient Greece, and the engineers of the early Moslem world all developed and used mathematical techniques that remain indispensable for modern science and industry. The remarkable and dramatic progress of the applied sciences over the last 400 years has been possible in part because of the rapid parallel development of mathematical methods of analysis, starting with the invention of calculus by Newton and Leibniz in the 17th century. Today, mathematics underpins almost all branches of science. The detailed modelling of weather systems, of the spread of pollutants in oil spills, of the motion of particles in high-energy accelerators, of the rates of reaction of two chemical fractions, of the statistical likelihood of a positive identification in DNA fingerprinting, of the future growth of a population of an endangered species of mammal, or of the completion time for a complex computer algorithm, of the optimal decision making in complex systems, all these and many other applications would be impossible without the sophisticated techniques of modern mathematics. In addition, there is great value in studying the foundations and methods of mathematics for their own sake, with a view to improving current applications, developing entirely new applications, or simply investigating the elegance and beauty that lies behind all mathematics.
Because of the enormous diversity of the uses and applications of modern mathematics, the Faculty of Science is offering four distinct mathematics streams: Essential Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research and Financial Mathematics. All four streams share a common set of first- and second-year courses, covering the essential elements of calculus, linear algebra, statistics and probability, discrete mathematics, geometry, real analysis and differential equations.
In their final year, students can choose from a range of different courses tied to their major specialisations.
This stream is intended primarily for students who are interested in mathematics, or possibly related areas like logic or the philosophy of mathematics. Compulsory fourth year modules include: 2 Modules from SM 432x.
This major stream is intended primarily for students who want to work in areas closely aligned with the applied sciences, particularly physics, chemistry, mathematical biology or engineering. Compulsory fourth year modules include:
The Applied Mathematics stream is open to student who has passed mathematics at O-level. However, it is strongly advised that the student should have an A-level pass in mathematics. Students who do not have an A-level pass in mathematics, or its equivalent, must pass the module SM1401 Basic Calculus before they can enroll in the above Mathematics sub-major (streams).
This stream is intended primarily for students who want to work in areas closely aligned with Statistical decision making in business, biology or environmental science. Compulsory fourth year modules include:
This stream is intended primarily for students who want to work in areas closely aligned with optimal decision making in accounting, business, industry, biology or health and environmental sciences. Compulsory fourth year modules include:
Major Module requirement:not less than 72 MC with at least 24 MC of the SM-4000 modules.
Mathematical Methods for the Sciences
Advanced Mathematical Methods for the Sciences
Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra and its Applications
Combinatorics and Graph Theory
History of Mathematics
Mathematics Project (1 semester)
Applied Mathematical Method I
Applied Mathematical Methods II
Dynamical Systems and Chaos
Fluids and Waves
Introduction to Algebra and Number Theory
Operations Research I
Advanced Operations Research
Operations Research II
We offer 5 breadth modules to non-mathematics major students:
Students are exposed to a wide range of subjects in pure and applied mathematics and statistics and are introduced to the latest mathematical software packages. In the Discovery Year (Year 3), students can spend a semester abroad or on Internship (industry attachment). Universities involved in our Study Abroad programme include: The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), King’s College London, Manchester, Kent, Leeds, Nottingham, Darmstadt (Germany), Soka (Japan), Harbin (China), U of Malaya, USM (Penang).
Organisations participating in our Internship programme include: Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, Department of Fisheries, Department of Meteorology, Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei Shell Petroleum, TAIB Bank, Petrokon-EWI, JPMC, Elmar, AiKing.
Our ex-students have been working in UBD, Schools, Colleges, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Total, Petrokon EWI, JPMC, Different Banks including HSBC, Shipping and Logistic Companies, Research Organizations, Government and Private Offices.
Dr. Yeo Wee Ping
Programme Leader (Mathematics & Computing Sciences)
Faculty of Science, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong,
Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam, BE1410.
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