Undergraduate programs

The Bachelor of Science Program in Mathematics is a 240 ECTS program and is to be completed in 8 regular semesters. The program is designed to train students in the theory of mathematics and to develop mathematical skills and mastery, used in the modern applications of mathematics in science and engineering.

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The Bachelor of Science Program in Mathematics is a 240 ECTS program and is to be completed in 8 regular semesters. The program is designed to train students in the theory of mathematics and to develop mathematical skills and mastery, used in the modern applications of mathematics in science and engineering. Through specialized courses as part of mathematics elective and technical elective requirements, students will have the opportunity to deepen and broaden their mathematical foundations and skills, which will make them more competitive in the mathematics-related job market and/or will prepare them for graduate studies in the area of pure and applied mathematics or statistics. Flexibility in selecting non-mathematics electives will also allow students to complete a minor in a different discipline.

Requirements

English Language Requirements

IELTS – no less than 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each sub-score) or TOEFL IBT – 79-93 (Reading – no less than 13, Listening – no less than 12, Speaking – no less than 18, Writing – no less than 21) or TOEFL PBT** – 574-599

Academic Requirements

– Minimum requirements for graduates or students of the final year of secondary school, colleges, UK Foundation program and graduates of the A-level program

SAT Reasoning Test ** or ACT SAT Reasoning Test – 1240 Essay is required, no minimum score OR ACT – 27 composite score. Writing part is required, no minimum score

SAT Subject Test – 600 for each subject (Biology and Chemistry or Physics and Math)

– Minimum requirements for graduates and holders of NIS Grade 12 Certificate*

NIS 12 Grade Certificate – A B B (any subjects)

– Minimum requirements for graduates and holders of IВ Diploma Program***

IB DP 30 total score and 4, 4, 5 for 3 subjects of HL

*NIS Grade 12 Certificate holders can also participate in the competition in the “Graduates of secondary schools” category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category above).

** The Nazarbayev University applies the Superscoring for SAT scores.

***IB DP holders can also participate in the competition in the “Graduates of secondary schools” category with IELTS and SAT results (see the minimum requirements for this category above).

Duration

4 years

Work after graduation

Many of the graduates have been admitted to various postgraduate study programs in world class universities in the United States and Europe, and other parts of the world, in Applied Mathematics, Operations Research, Economics, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics and Bio-Medical Statistics, and Pure Mathematics. A partial list includes Stanford University, Oxford University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Delft University of Technology, University of Manchester, and McMaster University, University of Chicago.      

Program outline

Core courses (74 ECTS):
MATH 161 Calculus I
MATH 162 Calculus II
MATH 251 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 263 Calculus III
MATH 273 Linear Algebra with Applications
MATH 274 Introduction to Differential Equations
MATH 321 Probability
MATH 322 Mathematical Statistics
MATH 351 Numerical Methods
MATH 361 Introductory Real Analysis I
MATH 402 Abstract Algebra I

Elective courses (at least 28 ECTS):
300- and 400-level MATH courses with at least 24 ECTS at the 400 level
Natural Science requirement, at least 34 ECTS, with three compulsory courses:
PHYS 161 Physics I for Scientists and Engineers with Laboratory
PHYS 162 Physics II for Scientists and Engineers with Laboratory
PHYS 270 Computational Physics with Laboratory

Computer Science requirement, at least 16 ECTS, with compulsory courses:
CSCI 151 Programming for Scientists and Engineers
CSCI 152 Performance and Data Structures
Humanity-Social Science requirement, at least 42 ECTS, with compulsory components:
HST 100 History of Kazakhstan (compulsory)
2 Kazakh Language/Literature courses. MATH 499 Graduation Project
Short description
MATH 499 Graduation Project is a 6-ECTS elective, which is counted towards the mathematics core elective credit requirement. The goal of the course is to engage the student in original thinking and independent work towards the creation of a capstone thesis under the supervision of an experienced faculty. Courses may change year to year.