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Mathematics Study the quantitative and logic structure that underpins many important fields of study. A major in Mathematics can pave the way for careers in accounting, actuarial science, business, construction, engineering, finance, communications, information technology, research and teaching.
Mathematics Study the quantitative and logic structure that underpins many important fields of study. A major in Mathematics can pave the way for careers in accounting, actuarial science, business, construction, engineering, finance, communications, information technology, research and teaching.

Qualification: BSc

Faculty: Science

Duration: 3 years

School: Mathematics

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

Bachelor of Science in the field of Mathematics: Programme code SBA08

Mathematics is the quantitative and logic structure that forms the basis of all analytical science, modern economics, and finance.

You will take major stream Mathematics courses if you require Mathematics as a tool in other disciplines, or you intend to specialise in Mathematical Sciences or associated subjects, such as Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Physics.

Most of our graduates work in the financial sector, in mathematical finance and in the building of mathematical/ statistical models of market and consumer behaviour.

First-year

Mathematics I (Major):

  • Algebra I
  • Calculus I

AND

Any three other Level I courses

Recommended courses:

Computer Science I:

  • Basic Computer Organisation I
  • Discrete Computational Structures I
  • Introduction to Algorithms and Programming I
  • Introduction to Data Structures and Algorithms I

Computational and Applied Mathematics I
Economics IA (Microeconomics)
Economics IB (Macroeconomics)
Physics I (Major)

Second-year

Mathematics II :

  • Abstract Mathematics II
  • Basic Analysis II
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Multivariable Calculus II
  • Differential Equations II
  • Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
  • Transition to Abstract Mathematics II

AND

Any two other Level II majors

Third-year

Mathematics III:

  • Group Theory
  • Intermediate Analysis
  • Complex Analysis
  • Number Theory

or

  • Topology
  • Coding and Cryptography

or

  • Real Analysis
  • Differential Geometry

or

  • Leontief Systems

AND Any other Level III major

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 6

Wait-listing

Applicants with 40-41 points may be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

National Benchmark Test

All Faculty of Science applicants must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.

There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 12 results to identify students who may need additional support during the course of their studies.

Rules for the NBT

You must register on the NBT website, or via mobile phone, to write the tests. Registration closes about three weeks before each test date. You can register for the NBT before you submit your application to Wits. DO NOT wait for an official notification from Wits to register for and write the tests, because you may miss the end of September deadline.

  • The test fee can be paid once you have registered to write the test.
  • The tests must be written by 31 October 2022. You are encouraged to write the tests as early as possible.
  • For a comprehensive list of test dates, registration dates and available venues, please refer to the NBT website www.nbt.ac.za
  • Both tests must be written in one session.
  • ONLY the first attempt results will be considered so we advise against writing the tests more than once in a year.

Application Closing Date: 30 September 2022 | Residence Applications: 30 September 2022

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Wits Plus applicants, applications can only be done online. We will be in contact with you should we require additional documentation.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.