Jointly offered by: School of Computing & Faculty of Science

Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) (Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Mathematics/Applied Mathematics) (Honours/non-Honours)1

1. Introduction

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Vivid Graphics: The shadows shown in the picture on the right of Figure 1 and Figure 2 are sharper and more realistic, thanks to trapezoidal shadow maps (TSM), a new rendering technique. TSM calculates high quality shadows in real-time applications, allowing realistic shadows to be generated in moving graphics, thus contributing to the realism of computer generated images in games. Figure 3 shows some of the mathematics behind TSM.

 

2. Specialisations

Students in the Double Degree Programmes may choose to pursue one of the following two specialisations:

Algorithms and Computation: Graduates with this specialisation will be at the forefront of solving myriad complex computational problems, in both industry and research. They will apply their advanced learning in the theory of computation, a fundamental area that influences every field of computing, to tackle industry needs in complex scheduling, network optimisation, physical simulation, software reliability, etc. Their advanced knowledge in algorithmic design will also enable them to adapt to a wide variety of computing fields. The specialisation covers areas such as: computational complexity, cryptography, algorithmic graph theory and combinatorics, randomness in computing, parallel and distributed computation, machine learning, applications of logic, algorithmic algebra, coding theory, etc.

Multimedia Modelling:
Recent advances in computing, networking and multimedia technologies have facilitated the construction of large and complex multimedia systems. To fully comprehend the complexity of such undertakings, proper modelling of multimedia information and systems must be carried out. The objective of this specialisation is to produce graduates with in-depth mathematical knowledge and advanced computing skills to contribute to the construction of multimedia models and modelling tools. Graduates with this specialisation will form the vanguard in the advancement of interactive digital media (IDM) technology. They will apply their mathematical logic and learning in networking and multimedia technologies to develop more realistic animation, better special effects, and generate a more immersive experience in virtual reality that engages the various human senses more fully. Graduates with this specialisation will find their niche in high-end technology companies in the IDM sector, as well as in the field of research.  The specialisation covers areas such as: Numerical PDE, 3D Differential Geometry, Computational Geometry, Game Development, etc.

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Anatomical Humanoid Models: Character appeal can be enhanced by modelling real or exaggerated sub-skin tissue deformation. Complex representation, simulation and deformation mathematical models have been applied in animated features. These include analytical tissue models, Finite Element models, mass-spring models, integration calculus, implicit functions and matrix algebra. The above model uses simplified representation (ellipsoidal fusiforms extruded from quadratic action curves), dynamics (single mass-spring approximation for entire muscles and fast Verlet Integration), and deformation (parallelisable weighted smooth skinning with stable local coordinate generation for muscle slices) to create natural and convincing soft-tissue  movements in real time. Such technologies based on mathematics concepts breathe life into the computer generated images (CGI) of games and animated features

 

Each specialisation comprises advanced modules from both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science.2

Note:

  • Students in the other Bachelor of Computing programmes, except B.Comp. (Computer Science), may wish to design special Double-degree programme with B.Sc. (Mathematics) or B.Sc. (Applied Mathematics) under the guidance of the Undergraduate Offices of both School of Computing and Faculty of Science.
  • The list of modules will be updated regularly by the committee overseeing the double-degree programmes.

 

Requirement for completion of specialisation:

Students must read at least 32 modular credits (for the double honours programme) or 28 modular credits (for single honours programme) from modules offered in one of the two specialisation lists, with the following requirements:

  • Students must read at least 12 MCs of modules offered by each department.
  • Students in the double honours programme must undertake an Integrated Honours Project.

Modules offered in each specialisation are listed here.

 

3. Admission Requirements

The double-honours degree programme follows a dual entry system:

(i) Direct admissions through university admissions exercise (http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam)

Applicants must satisfy one of the following two criteria:

  • Grade A in either 'A'-level Mathematics or 'A'-level Further Mathematics,  and a good grade at 'A'-level in either Computing or Physics or Chemistry or Biology or Physical Science.
  • Demonstrated special talents in Mathematics and/or Computing (e.g., Mathematics and/or Informatics Olympiad awards, etc.)

If the candidate meets criteria in first bullet, no interview will be required.

 

(ii) Admissions at the completion of first–year studies in BComp (Hons) or BSc (Hons).

Candidates will be assessed on the merits of their first-year results. Interested students should contact the programme administrator on receipt of their results.

 

4. Integrated Honours Project

Students pursuing one of the listed specialisations in the double honours degree programme must undertake an integrated honours project in Mathematics and Computer Science. The project will provide the students with the opportunity to explore and integrate their knowledge in the specialised field. A student pursuing a double honours degree programme without specialisation can choose to undertake:

i. one integrated honours year project or
ii. one Computing honours year project and one Mathematics honours year project or
iii. Industrial Experience Requirement (12 MCs) and one Mathematics honours year project

to fulfil the graduation requirements of the double degree programme. 

The integrated honours project will be jointly supervised by faculty members from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics, and must contain elements of both computer science and mathematics.

 

5. Exiting the Programme

For students admitted to NUS before AY2011/12: Students in the Double Degree Programme in Computer Science and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics must maintain a CAP of 4.00 or above. Students who do not maintain a CAP of 4.00 in modules contributing to the first degree for two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the DDP by withdrawing from the second degree programme. Upon withdrawal, all modules which the students have taken to fulfil the requirements of the second degree will be reflected in the transcript and included in the computation of the CAP for the single degree in their original home Faculty.


For students admitted to NUS with effect from AY2011/12 and before AY2014/15
: A student who does not maintain a CAP of 4.00 in modules contributing to the original degree, and a CAP of 3.5 for the second degree for any two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the DDP by withdrawing from the second degree programme. Modular Credits completed in the double degree programme will be counted towards the fulfilment of the degree requirements of their single degree, subject to the normal limits of the Faculty curriculum.


For students admitted to NUS with effect from AY2014-15 onwards
: A student who does not maintain a CAP of 3.75 in modules contributing to the original degree, and a CAP of 3.25 for the second degree for any two consecutive semesters will be required to withdraw from the DDP by withdrawing from the second degree programme. Modular Credits completed in the double degree programme will be counted towards the fulfilment of the degree requirements of their single degree, subject to the normal limits of the Faculty curriculum.

6. Fees

The tuition fees payable for the duration of this programme will follow existing guidelines set by the University.

7. Enquiries

If your home faculty is School of Computing, please direct all queries to bcomp@comp.nus.edu.sg with the subject clearly marked: "Double Degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics/Mathematics Programme". Otherwise, please send to: AskMathUG@nus.edu.sg if you are in Science Faculty.