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Mathematics (B.Sc.)

Well prepared for research and the economy! In this research-oriented degree programme, solid basic training opens up many possible options for an individual profile. The interdisciplinary nature of Mathematics allows students to link mathematical methods with other scientific disciplines. With excellent capacity for analytical thought, mathematicians have been in high demand in various areas of research and the economy for years. This degree programme takes place in an international atmosphere which characterises the reputation of Mathematics at Göttingen.

Subject: Mathematics
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Standard duration of study: 6 semesters
Start: Winter semester
Extramural studies possible

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): open admission (application to International Student Services)

The studies of mathematics
Mathematics with its abstract structures and its disentanglement from concrete situations enables to apply mathematical theories to many different areas. In addition to mathematical factual knowledge mathematical studies also impart:

  • the ability to abstract and the capability to identify analogies and basic patterns
  • the skill to arrange, identify, formulate and solve problems
  • training of conceptual, analytical and logical thinking
  • the ability to communicate and the competence to work in teams via collectively solving mathematical problems

It prepares for a big spectrum of possible careers. In view of this, the mathematics programme of Göttingen University offers a strong and challenging education that imparts both broad basic knowledge as well as scientific working methods.

In Göttingen, students of mathematics are especially well looked after: this takes place in many different supplement offers like practical lectures, placements and revision courses right from the first semester. The study office for mathematics assists with every organisational matter of the students.

Fields of study in Göttingen's mathematics programme

Corresponding to the four main research areas of the department there are four fields of study, namely two that focus on fundamentals:

  • SP1: Analysis-Geometry-Topology
  • SP2: Algebra-Geometry-Theory of Numbers

  • and two fields of study that are application-oriented
  • SP3: Numerical and Applied Mathematics
  • SP4: Mathematical Stochastics

Structure of the studies
The Bachelor's programme in Mathematics is divided into three sections of study: basic studies in the first year, intermediate studies in the second year and in-depth studies in the third year.

During the basic studies in the first year the basic knowledge and skills are acquired that will be used during the whole duration of the programme. During this part of study, you will complete the basic modules Analysis I and II as well as AGLA I and II, whereat the abbreviation AGLA stands for ?Analytical Geometry and Linear Algebra.

In the second year of the programme the intermediate studies start. The students take basic lectures from all of the four fields of study of the mathematics programme of Göttingen University so that they then can choose an area of concentration in which they would like to write their Bachelor's thesis.

In the in-depth studies in the third year of the programme the students will take continuative courses in mathematics and write the Bachelor's thesis.

Study tracks
In the Bachelor programme of mathematics there are three research-oriented study tracks: a general research-oriented track F, a practical-oriented track P and a physics-oriented track Phy: These differ in intermediate and in-depth studies. The track F offers the highest amount of freedom of choice when it comes to courses from the field of mathematics. In the track P you can only choose the two application-oriented fields of study and you have to take some courses of these areas as well as a practical course.
In the track Phy your minor subject is physics. You also have to take different mandatory courses from the field of physics.

Minor subjects to combine with
Mathematics is always studied in combination with a minor subject. In the tracks F and P, computer science, theoretical physics, experimental physics, chemistry, business, economics and philosophy are possible choices. In the track Phy, physics is the minor subject.

Occupational fields
Graduates of a successful Bachelor's programme in mathematics have very good occupational possibilities in banks, insurance companies, consulting businesses, in research and development departments of big enterprises or commercial business, in consulting and sales departments of companies in the technical branch as well as in the IT and advertising branch.