Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics and Statistics

Programme Director: Prof CHIU, Sung Nok

The BSc programme is designed to provide students with an education that prepares them for careers as practising mathematicians and/or statisticians. In order to accomplish this aim in the Hong Kong context, certain objectives have been incorporated into the curriculum as follows:

  1. To give students a solid foundation in fundamental mathematics and statistics upon which to build their understanding of mathematical applications;
  2. To provide a broad-based applied mathematics and statistics education;
  3. To integrate computing literacy throughout students' studies because computers are indispensable tools for solving mathematical and statistical problems;
  4. To foster in students an eagerness to solve scientific, industrial and commercial problems of concern to the local community and beyond, and
  5. To teach students how to formulate suitable mathematical and statistical models for solving these problems.

The optional concentrations* provide great flexibility to students. Students can choose the programme without concentration, one or even two concentrations according to their interest and career goal. These concentrations are designed to deliver some more specific objectives.

Actuarial Statistics Concentration
– Financial Risk Management Concentration
– Operations Research Concentration
– Quantitative Data Analysis Concentration
– Scientific Computing Concentration

The structure of the curriculum is as follows:

I) Major Courses 64 units
II) Project 3 units
III) University Core Courses 13 units
IV) General Education Courses 18 units
V) Free Electives# 30 units
    128 units

* Students who wish to pursue a concentration are required to declare their concentrations in the semester 2 of Year 3. Students who have not declared any concentration before the deadline will be considered as not pursuing any concentration by default.

Students can make use of the Major Electives and Free Electives to pursue a concentration within the department by completing seven required courses (or 21 units).

It is possible for students to make use of the remaining Free Electives to pursue a second concentration by completing another seven required courses (or 21 units) in the second concentration. Courses may not be doubled counted towards multiple concentration requirements. Students are welcome to seek advice from the academic adviser of the corresponding concentration if assistance is needed.

# Students may take additional GE courses (of Level 1 or 2) in any categories to fulfil the “Free Electives” requirement but only a maximum of 6 units will be counted towards the fulfilment of the “Free Electives” requirement.


I. Major Courses 64 units
  Science Common Core Courses (16 units)  
  COMP1005 Essence of Computing 3 units
  MATH1025 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics 3 units
  SCIE1005 Integrated Science Laboratory 1 unit
  Either three courses from the following list  
  OR two courses from the following list and one course from the Major Elective Courses    
  BIOL1005 Introduction to Biology 3 units
  CHEM1005 Introduction to Chemistry 3 units
  PHYS1005 Introduction to Physics and Energy Science 3 units
  Major Required Courses (36 units)  
  MATH1005 Calculus I 3 units
  MATH1006 Advanced Calculus I 3 units
  MATH2205 Multivariate Calculus 3 units
  MATH2206 Probability and Statistics 3 units
  MATH2207 Linear Algebra 3 units
  MATH2225 Calculus II 3 units
  MATH2217 Advanced Calculus II  3 units
  MATH2215  Mathematical Analysis  3 units
  MATH2216 Statistical Methods and Theory 3 units
  MATH3205 Linear Programming and Integer Programming 3 units
  MATH3206 Numerical Methods I 3 units
  MATH3405 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 units
  MATH3805 Regression Analysis 3 units
  MATH3806 Multivariate Statistical Methods 3 units
  Major Elective Courses (12 units) ^  
  Group A:  
  MATH1007 Delicate Mathematics 3 units
  MATH1015 Introductory Statistics with Software 3 units
  MATH1016 Mathematics Behind Movies and Music 3 units
  MATH1017 Mathematics for Personal Financial Management 3 units
  MATH1205 Discrete Mathematics 3 units
  MATH2805 Mathematics of Compound Interest 3 units
  MATH3095 Summer Research I 1 unit
  MATH3096 Summer Research II 1 unit
  MATH3097 Programming with Mathematical Software 1 unit
  MATH3495 Job Practicum I 1 unit
  MATH3496 Job Practicum II 1 unit
  MATH3497 Job Practicum III 1 unit
  Group B:  
  MATH3406 Abstract Algebra  3 units
  MATH3407 Advanced Linear Algebra 3 units
  MATH3415 Vector Calculus 3 units
  MATH3416 Complex Analysis 3 units
  MATH3417 Game Theory 3 units
  MATH3425 Graph Theory 3 units
  MATH3426 Number Theory 3 units
  MATH3427 Real Analysis 3 units
  MATH3605 Numerical Methods II 3 units
  MATH3606 Partial Differential Equations 3 units
  MATH3615 Introduction to Imaging Science 3 units
  MATH3616 Numerical Methods for Differential Equations 3 units
  MATH3625 Advanced Numerical Analysis 3 units
  MATH3807 Simulation 3 units
  MATH3815 Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments 3 units
  MATH3816 Statistical Analysis of Sample Surveys 3 units
  MATH3817 Dynamic Programming and Stochastic Programming 3 units
  MATH3826 Markov Chain and Queuing Theory 3 units
  MATH3827 Logistics, Inventory Models and Networks 3 units
  MATH3836 Data Mining 3 units
  MATH3837 Actuarial Mathematics 3 units
  MATH4205 Topics in Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes 3 units
  MATH4206 Financial Derivatives 3 units
  MATH4207 Computational Finance 3 units
  MATH4216 Mathematical Finance 3 units
  MATH4406 Differential Geometry 3 units
  MATH4416 Combinatorics 3 units
  MATH4417 Topology 3 units
  MATH4465 Special Topics in Mathematics I 3 units
  MATH4466 Special Topics in Mathematics II 3 units
  MATH4467 Special Topics in Mathematics III 3 units
  MATH4606 Functional Analysis 3 units
  MATH4615 Introduction to Numerical Linear Algebra 3 units
  MATH4665 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics I 3 units
  MATH4666 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics II 3 units
  MATH4667 Special Topics in Applied Mathematics III 3 units
  MATH4805 Applied Nonparametric Statistics 3 units
  MATH4807 Categorical Data Analysis 3 units
  MATH4815 Interior Point Methods for Optimization 3 units
  MATH4816 Optimization Theory and Techniques 3 units
  MATH4817 Stochastic Models 3 units
  MATH4825 Survival Analysis 3 units
  MATH4826 Time Series and Forecasting 3 units
  MATH4827 Actuarial Mathematics II 3 units
  MATH4835 Property and Casualty Insurance 3 units
  MATH4836 Theory of Pension 3 units
  MATH4837 Risk and Portfolio Management 3 units
  MATH4865 Special Topics in Operations Research I 3 units
  MATH4866 Special Topics in Operations Research II 3 units
  MATH4867 Special Topics in Operations Research III 3 units
  MATH4875 Special Topics in Statistics I 3 units
  MATH4876 Special Topics in Statistics II 3 units
  MATH4877 Special Topics in Statistics III 3 units
  MATH4999 Mathematical Science Project II 3 units
II. Project 3 units
  MATH4998 Mathematical Science Project I 3 units
III. University Core Courses 13 units
IV. General Education Courses 18 units
V. Free Electives 30 units
    128 units

^ These 12 units must be chosen from Group B and at least one Level 4 Major Elective Course.

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