Mathematics (B.Sc.)

 

Mathematics is more than just arithmetic. It is an unseen part of almost every modern technical and scientific application. Fields in which mathematics plays an essential role include:

  • Storage media: Mathematical methods make it possible to store data on CDs or DVDs in such a way that dust and scratches will not cause damage.

  • Medical technology: Without mathematical techniques, even the fastest computer would be unable to generate a useful image from the data recorded by a CT scanner.

  • Internet: Mathematical encryption algorithms guarantee data privacy and security.

  • Mobile radio networks are based on modern mathematical tools.

  • Banks and stock exchanges: The sophisticated instruments of financial mathematics are now fundamental elements of today’s financial institutions.


Mathematics as a game with abstract structures can be a lot of fun. In addition to its numerous applications maths offers an inexhaustible supply of fascinating fundamental problems.


The standard period of study for a full-time student to complete the B.Sc. programme in mathematics is six semesters. Students can apply to study for some of the programme as a part-time student. Students on the B.Sc. programme will acquire mathematical skills that will prepare graduates for the demands of a subsequent career or a post-graduate Master’s degree.
Students successfully completing the degree programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree.

 

Mathematics can also be studied by students wishing to qualify as teachers for a German Gymnasium (academically oriented secondary school), Gesamtschule (comprehensive school) or Berufschule (vocational secondary school). In this case, the programme concludes with students taking state-supervised examinations (Staatsexamen).


Irrespective of whether you choose the B.Sc. or the teacher training programme, you will still need to study another subject. Possible subsidiary (or minor) subjects for the B.Sc. programme are economics, informatics, physics, chemistry and the engineering sciences. You can also apply to the examination committee to study any other subsidiary subject, provided that mathematical methods are used to an appreciable extent in the subject you have chosen. If you want to train to be a teacher (Staatsexamen), your subsidiary subjects will be another academic discipline that is taught in schools and education science.


What sort of work does a professional mathematician do and what are the career prospects? Graduates in mathematics are currently highly sought after in many different sectors of the economy: insurance companies, management consultants, IT and telecommunications companies, universities and research centres – to name just a few. There is also a high demand at the present time for mathematics teachers.

Programme schedule

Mathematics (Bachelor of Science)

Semester Programme start in winter semester Programme start in summer semester
1 Analysis I, with tutorial sessions
Linear Algebra I, with tutorial sessions
Programming and Modelling, with tutorial sessions
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject 
(can also be taken in 2nd semester)
Analysis I, with tutorial sessions
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
Elective
2 Analysis II, with tutorial sessions
Linear Algebra II, with tutorial sessions
Practical Mathematics, with tutorial sessions
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject 
(can also be taken in 1st semester)
Linear Algebra I, with tutorial sessions
Programming and Modelling, with tutorial sessions
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
3 Analysis III, with tutorial sessions
Theory and Numerical Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations, with tutorial sessions
Introductory lecture course in algebra, analysis or a subsidiary subject, with tutorial sessions
Seminar 
(can also be attended in 4th semester)
Analysis II, with tutorial sessions
Linear Algebra II, with tutorial sessions
Practical Mathematics, with tutorial sessions
4 Advanced lecture course in area of specialization, with tutorial sessions
Seminar 
(can also be attended in 3rd semester)
Advanced lecture course in area other than chosen specialization, with tutorial sessions
Introductory lecture course in area other than chosen specialization, with tutorial sessions or courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
Analysis III, with tutorial sessions
Theory and Numerical Analysis of Ordinary Differential Equations, with tutorial sessions
Introductory lecture course in algebra, analysis or a subsidiary subject, with tutorial sessions
  Work experience phase or advanced seminar Work experience phase or advanced seminar
5 Advanced or special lecture course in area of specialization, with tutorial sessions
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
Further elective lecture course, with tutorial sessions
Advanced lecture course in area of specialization, with tutorial sessions
Advanced lecture course, with tutorial sessions
Seminar
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
6 Final-year seminar
Final year research project and thesis
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject
Final-year seminar
Final year research project and thesis
Courses in subsidiary (minor) subject

Relevant documentation

Regulations:

Study regulations

Examination regulations


Programme structure:

Study plan

Module catalogue

Application

Admission information:


Students can begin the B.Sc. programme at the beginning of the winter or the summer semester, though we recommend that students start in the winter semester.


At present, there are no entry restrictions for the Bachelor’s degree programme in mathematics, i.e. students can enrol/register at the university

 

  • by the end of September if planning to start in the winter semester and
  • by the end of March if planning to start in the summer semester.

 

Completed admission application forms should be sent to:

 

Universität des Saarlandes
Studierendensekretariat
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken

Germany

 

List of current application forms

 

Please note: Slightly different admission rules apply to German and foreign nationals with a non-German higher-education entrance qualification (for more information: see here, or see 'University Entry Requirements - At a glance'.)

 

Special features

  • Excellent student support (tutorial classes with no more than 20 students per class run in parallel to lecture courses)
  • Friendly and supportive atmosphere: Mathematics does not have the huge student numbers found in some departments
  • Excellent supervision and guidance for seminar presentations and final-year theses
  • Academic credits gained at another German or foreign university, particularly those acquired within the ECTS scheme, will be recognized

 

 

Key research areas

  • Algebraic geometry and computer algebra
  • Differential geometry, variational calculus and partial differential equations
  • Functional analysis and operator theory
  • Numerical solution of integral equations and partial differential equations
  • Statistics and probability calculus
  • Number theory and arithmetic geometry

Related higher degrees

  • Fundamental Mathematical Research

  • Applied Mathematics


Contact

Saarland University
Department of Mathematics
Campus Saarbrücken, Bldg. E2 4
66123 Saarbrücken
Tel.: + 49 (0) 681 / 302-2406
E-Mail: voss(at)math.uni-sb.de

 

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