Mathematics and computation have occupied a central place in the liberal arts curriculum from its earliest history. Across societies, we find mathematics not only in the service of science, government, and ritual, but also for its own sake – an aesthetic of mathematical beauty. In recent centuries, the mathematical sciences have been viewed as fundamental to describing the laws of nature. In the 20th century, statistics enabled the growth of the social sciences. In the present day, computers are not merely aiding in the observation of societies, but evidently reshaping them. Mathematics continues to flourish with powerful applications.
Majoring in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences (MCS) offers the opportunity to pursue traditional curricula as well as curricula that cut across disciplinary boundaries.
Traditional curricula can prepare students for graduate study in mathematics, computer science or statistics, as well as specialised careers in industry. Students in the MCS major develop skills in analysis and problem-solving, and in the communication of complicated information. Such skills are highly – and widely – sought after in the workforce.
To major in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences (MCS), a student must complete the requirements below as of AY2018/2019. Please check the major’s requirements with Registry if you declared your MCS major before AY2018/2019.
The capstone experience offers each student an opportunity to learn a subject in great depth, to apply and reflect on previous coursework, and to reach out to other disciplines. It also serves to develop further skills in technical exposition, both written and spoken. Graduating students will enjoy the self-confidence and initiative that comes from having successfully conducted an independent research inquiry. Sample topics include: topological field theory and physics; robotics; number theory and cryptography; survival statistics; social network analysis; computer graphics; smartphones as a distributed computing platform; neuroimaging.
An MCS minor offers students the opportunity to engage with advanced topics in mathematics, computation, and statistics. This can be an excellent supplement for students pursuing a major in quantitative social sciences, natural science, philosophy, etc. We encourage students to pursue an MCS minor to enhance their major, to explore their curiosity, and to develop skills for future employment.
To minor in MCS, a student must complete at least five MCS courses (25 MC), 3 of which are core courses. MCS faculty are pleased to assist students to design a suitable programme of study for the minor. The Head of Studies must approve any pathway that is meant to satisfy the requirements for an MCS minor.