The Department of Mathematics was established on 1 January 1996. It consisted of 11 academic staff who had previously been in the combined Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
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The Department currently has three full
Professors, two Associate Professors, and four Senior Lecturers. It also has two Honorary Fellows and one Honorary Research Associate.
In 2009 the Department taught approximately
190 full-time equivalent undergraduate level students from all Schools of Study
(Schools of Study at Waikato are the equivalent of Faculties in other
universities) and it has about another 7 full-time equivalent students
at graduate and postgraduate level. About 12% of its students are international students.
It offers papers at all levels from
first-year undergraduate to second-year graduate, as well as supervision for
Masters and Doctoral degrees.
The Department offers a broad programme in pure, applied, and computational
mathematics which gives opportunity for specialist and research preparation,
but also serves the needs in mathematics of other disciplines in the
University. These include, but are not limited to, Computer Science, Statistics,
Engineering, Physics, Materials and Process Engineering,
Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Management, Education,
Economics, and Finance.
At the undergraduate
level, the School offers a four-year honours degree, the
Computing & Mathematical Sciences (BCMS), a three-year
Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. It also offers the
Software Engineering programme in the
Bachelor of Engineering degree. Students can also take mathematics as a major for the BA degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) degree
is a one-year graduate qualification available to
students who have completed a BSc degree at the
University of Waikato or a qualification considered equivalent by the Academic
Board, and who have reached a required standard in their major subject.
At Master's level, the School offers the Master of
Science (MSc), which normally requires two years of full-time study. All Schools
offer two research-only degrees: the
MPhil (one year) and the
years). A undergraduate certificate/diploma in mathematics
as well as a postgraduate certificate/diploma in mathematics are
also available. Further information about the degrees and certificates/diplomas offered
in the School are available in the
School Handbook or
jump to the SCMS degrees page.
There is collaboration between the Departments in the School of
Computing and Mathematical Sciences, to
complement the existing collaboration between the Department of Mathematics
and the School of Science & Engineering, which includes the Departments of Engineering, Chemistry, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Biological Sciences.
The academic staff in the Department of Mathematics carry out
research, and publish extensively, in many areas of Mathematics
including the following:
- Pure Mathematics: number theory;
group theory; algebra.
- Applied Mathematics: fluid mechanics; magnetohydrodynamics; astrophysics;
relativity; symmetry properties of partial differential equations;
- Computational Mathematics: mathematical software; numerical integration; numerical solution of partial differential equations.