Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department of Mathematical Sciences & Computing

The Department of Mathematical Sciences and Computing is located at the Nelson Mandela Drive site of the Mthatha Campus of Walter Sisulu University. The department offers a general Bachelor of Science degree under various streams: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Corresponding postgraduate programmes are also offered in the department.

Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) 

  • NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics and English as a home language or first additional language level and 4 (50-59%) in Physical Science.

Senior Secondary School Certificate             

  • Applicants must have obtained full Matriculation Exemption, Conditional Exemption or Mature Age Exemption if the Candidate is 23 years on the year of registration with the following subjects:
    • English First Language E(HG)/D(SG) or English Second Language D(HG)/C(SG) Mathematics   E(HG)/D(SG)
    • Physical Science E(HG)/D(SG)

Recognition of Credits from Other Institutions  

  • Not more than 50% of courses will be exempted in this way.All exit level courses must be done in the department.
  • One exit level subject may be recognised provided prior permission to register for that subject.

Mathematical Sciences and Computing form the cornerstone of modern science as it is concerned with the solution of real-world problems. Consistent with this philosophy, the programmes offered in the department are designed to provide the necessary foundation for the students. The department strives to improve its leadership role in the training of students in (Applied) Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science so that they contribute to the development of the country. It promotes excellence in appropriate research and offers career orientated degree programmes. In addition the department also offers service courses to other departments.

 

About Us

The Department of Mathematical Sciences and Computing is located at the Nelson Mandela Drive site of the Mthatha Campus of Walter Sisulu University. 

The department offers a general Bachelor of Science degree under various streams. Programmes at undergraduate are divided into main and extended programmes.

Extended Programmes

Extended curriculum programmes lead to the same qualifications as the mainstream programmes.  Extended curriculum programmes have been developed for all undergraduate programmes in the department, in order to enhance student development and to improve chances of successfully completing the degree. In the extended curriculum programme the first year curriculum is extended over two years with additional academic support and tuition. Because the extended curriculum programmes lead to the same qualifications the job opportunities are exactly the same as all the corresponding degree programmes listed in the department.

Main Programmes.

These are the programmes that have a minimum of three years  and maximum of five years for the students to complete. It targets students with strong background in mathematics and physical sciences.

Streams

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics

Corresponding postgraduate programmes are also offered in the department.

 In addition the department also offers service courses to other departments.


Programme:

Programmes in the Department

The department offers a general Bachelor of Science degree under various streams: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics. Corresponding postgraduate programmes are also offered in the department as stated below.

Undergraduate Programmes

The department has various undergraduate programmes focusing on the general bachelor of science degree programmes with four streams namely Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer science and Statistics. Undergraduate programmes are broken down into main programmes and extended programmes.

Main Programmes

These are the programmes that have a minimum of three years  and maximum of five years for the students to complete. It targets students with strong background in mathematics and physical sciences.

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics)

  • Purpose of Qualification : To provide basic mathematical knowledge tailored for application in the solution of technical problems in the marketplace, and for further training at a higher level in various specialisations of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Career Opportunities : A Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics will  prepare the student for jobs in  statistics, actuarial sciences,  mathematical modelling, cryptography, for teaching, as  well as  postgraduate training leading to a research career in a discipline  of Mathematical  Sciences. A strong background in Applied  Mathematics is also necessary for research in  many areas of c computer science, social science, and engineering.
  • Duration: Three (3) Years | Full-time

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

  • Purpose of qualification:  The BSc Computer Science programme is in line with the requirements of South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC).  The programme is aimed at providing basic knowledge towards further training to become computer scientists. It is designed to be relevant to the socio-economic needs of the region and the country in general and to produce graduates who are required locally, nationally, and internationally in the scientific, business and computing industries.  Students also do some enrichment courses from IBM such as Mobile Application Development, Application Security and Big Data.
  • Career Opportunities : A Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science will  prepare the student for jobs in  Computer Science, networking, software development industry, cryptography, for teaching, as  well as  postgraduate training leading to a research career in a discipline  of  computer science. A strong background in computer science is also necessary for research in  many areas of data science.
  • Duration: Three (3) Years | Full-time

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)

  • Purpose of Qualification: To provide basic mathematical knowledge needed for placement in jobs requiring a significant amount of mathematical maturity, and for further training at a higher level in various specialisations of mathematics.
  • Career Opportunities: A Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics will prepare the student for jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, and cryptography; for teaching; as well as postgraduate training leading to a research career in mathematics. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering
  • Duration: Three (3) Years | Full-time .

Bachelor of Science (Statistical Science)

  • Purpose of Qualification: To provide basic statistical knowledge in applied mathematics, computer science, mathematics and statistics with an inclination towards application in the solution of technical problems in the marketplace, and for further training at a higher level in various specialisations needing a sound foundation in statistical Sciences.
  • Career Opportunities: A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Applied Statistical Science will prepare the student for jobs in many different sectors of the economy, including Agriculture, Banking, Economic Planning, Education, Engineering, Forestry, Health Research, Insurance, Manufacturing, Market Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, Scientific Research, Social Research, Transport etc.
  • Duration: Three (3) Years | Full-time .

Extended Programmes

Bachelor of Science (Applied Mathematics) Extended

  • Purpose of Qualification:  To lead to the same qualifications as the mainstream BSc Applied Mathematics programmes .The first 2 years of the BSc Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) are equivalent to the first year of the BSc Applied Mathematics programme. In the last two years of the BSc Applied Mathematics (Extended Programme) the students follow the BSc Applied Mathematics programme from Level II.
  • Duration: 2 Years | Full-time

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) Extended

  • Purpose of Qualification: To lead to the same qualifications as the mainstream BSc Computer Science programmes
  • In order to achieve its purpose the programme aims to:
    • Provide students “at risk” with a viable platform to successfully undertake computing studies at tertiary education level.
    • Provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an adequate level of foundational competence which is based on specific and discipline-related computing knowledge.
    • Improve the retention and throughput of disadvantaged students entering the mainstream programmes.