The undergraduate programme is designed to equip students with the tools for mathematical techniques and thinking. At the early stages, students are exposed to the fundamentals of mathematical processes and principles in both Pure and Applied Mathematics which will satisfy both the needs of mathematicians and users of Mathematics. The Department offers candidates potentially capable of undertaking further study the opportunity to concentrate as necessary in a theoretical and/or applied area.In the process it exposes students to real-life problems with a view to assisting them in seeing the connection between theory and practice.
Although, mathematics as a subject is basically in the Faculty of Science, the programme is such that students outside the Faculty of Science, e.g. Faculties of Technology and Social Sciences, can pursue it, combining it with subjects of their choice and thus culminating in either combined Honours or even as an Honours degree in Mathematics. For students in this category, appropriate subjects in consultation with the Dean of the Faculty concerned can usually replace the Physics, Chemistry and Botany courses in the Foundation Programme.
B.Sc. (Hons) Mathematics
UME candidates who wish to enroll for courses leading to a degree in Mathematics must satisfy the University and Faculty of Science requirements for admission. Indeed such candidates must normally possess the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, with credit in at least five subjects, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Biology.
Candidates who wish to enter by direct entry must in addition to the above requirements have good passes in Mathematics and any other Science subject at the G.C.E. Advanced Level or its equivalent. Such candidates if admitted may be exempted from the appropriate courses.
REQUIREMENT FOR THE AWARD OF A DEGREE
To be eligible for the award of a degree, a candidate must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of unit prescribed for the degree. He must, in addition complete successfully all the compulsory courses as well as the special and general electives for the degree as prescribed. The same course cannot be counted twice (e.g. from repeat) in the computation of the minimum number of units.
A candidate will normally spend a period of four academic sessions in order to fulfill the above requirements.