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.