This is a list of frequently asked questions with its answers. They are roughly sorted chronologically related to the course of the study.
- Before the studies and at the beginning of them
- Do I have to apply for the studies?
- Are there courses that prepare me for the studies?
- What is the "O-Phase"?
- Is it difficult to study mathematics?
- What are lectures/exercises/practical courses?
- What are key competencies?
- How does my time table look in the first semester?
- When do I have to attend the compulsory advisory?
- Approximately from the second semester on
- When should I schedule a stay abroad?
- Approximately from the fourth semester on
- How do I find an advisor for my Bachelor's thesis?
- How are seminars structured? How do I find a seminar that fits me?
- How do I register my Bachelor's thesis?
- Approximately from the fifth semester on
- How is the process of the delivery of the Bachelor's thesis?
- How is the final grade of the Bachelor calculated?
- How does the deletion of a grade work in the Bachelor's programme with two subjects?
- Do I get a university place for the Master's programme in mathematics?
And here are the answers:
The subject mathematics in the Bachelor's programme with two subjects is admission-free (without NC), so you can enroll directly. If the desired second subject for the Bachelor's programme with two subjects is admission-restricted (with NC), you have to apply for it.
A more detailed answer to that question can be found at Enrollment or application for freshmen.
If you are a university or subject switcher and want to switch to mathematics, you can find suitable information here.
Each year in September there is a course at Göttingen university that prepares (not only) prospective students of mathematics for the introduction to mathematics at university level. This course is called "Propädeutikum" (propaedeutics course) and the participation at this course is highly recommended. You can register online at mathematical propaedeutics.
During the orientation phase, the so-called "O-Phase", the student representatives introduce you to the mathematics programme, the city of Göttingen and Göttingen University. Another important function of the orientation phase is that you get to know your prospective fellow students. More information can be found here.
Every student has to answer that question for him- or herself. What can be said in general is that for most of the freshmen the change from school to university life is not easy.
Nonetheless, especially together you can do it. From the beginning on, you should choose a small group of fellow students with which you talk and argue about mathematics and pose many questions to one another. It can be said from experience that you especially need these requirements to study mathematics successfully.
- You enjoy to think about mathematical/logical problems
- Power of endurance
- Frustration tolerance
I found this gem on the subject of frustration tolerance:
? Eine Mathematikvorlesung ist wie eine Nachtwanderung im Gewitter. Die meiste Zeit fühlt man sich verloren, nass und erbärmlich, aber in seltenen Momenten gibt es einen Blitz und der erleuchtet die gesamte Szenerie.? (Tom W. Körner) übersetzt von G. M. Ziegler
Lectures are courses in which normally especially the instructors speak. Here, the material that has to be learned will be written on the (electronic) blackboard or presented with slides. Of course questions are allowed and welcome.
Exercise sessions mainly focus on the (solving of the) exercise sheets that have to be solved within the scope of the lectures. Normally, students presents their solutions here. If necessary, lecture material can be discussed and/or deepened together with the exercise instructor ... and it is always helpful to pose questions about the material.
In the first and second semester the so-called "Praktika" (practical courses) are voluntary (no compulsory attendance!) additional offers that should facilitate the introduction to university mathematics, as professors, their assistants and the exercise instructors regularly take time to answer questions to the lectures and exercises. Additionally, skills about subject-related discussion about mathematics and team work in mathematics is trained.
Normally, with the term key competencies skills are identified that exceed the pure subject-related competencies and help to develop posed requirements. Typical examples are method competencies like "How do I prepare a presentation?" or "How do I learn efficiently?" as well as social competencies like "How do I instruct a group?" or "How can I solve conflicts?".
By choosing the key competencies wisely, students can sharpen their personal profile and/or follow own wide-ranging interests. In the track "studium generale", key competencies covering a total of at most 36 credits can be acquired. At Göttingen University there are five different categories of key competencies. More details and a list of university-wide key competencies can be found here.
In the first semester you take the lectures "Differential and integral calculus I" and "Analytical and linear algebra I" (both in the Bachelor's programme with two subjects and the B.Sc. Bachelor's programme). Additionally, there are exercises and practical courses. On the first look, the timetable looks quite empty. Nonetheless, the most time that has to be spent is normally not while attending the courses. Each course has weekly assignments - so-called exercise sheets - that you have to work on and reach in your solutions. The solving of the exercise sheets takes far more time than it takes to attend the corresponding courses. To understand mathematics you have to learn to solve exercises and actively think about what was mediated in the lectures and exercise sessions. This is the reason why the programme is structured like this.
Before you register for the third (thus the last possible) examination try, in some cases a compulsory advisory is necessary. Details can be found here.
In the Bachelor's programme, you should not plan the stay abroad before the third and also not necessarily in the last (sixth) semester. In the Master's programme, it is recommended from 2nd until 3rd. It generally holds that you should already start planning at an early stage - at least a year before the planned stay abroad. It is recommended to visit the ERASMUS coordinator Hartje Kriete (Get in touch).
Students usually look for a supervisor for their thesis themselves by contacting the professors personally to find out whether they still have supervisory capacities and topics available. The professors are also happy to be contacted for the assignment of theses by e-mail.
A list of possible supervisors ("Prüfungsberechtigte in Mathematik") as well as the thesis application form can be found at this link.
A list of past theses topics for orientation can be found here.
Seminars are courses in which students acquire a mathematical topic from (normally given) literature autonomously and then do a presentation to give the other seminar participants an understanding of the own topic. The instructors are happy to help you with structuring the preparation. They are also glad to answer your upcoming questions. During the seminar, an active participation - that means posing questions and active participation in the discussion - is very welcome.
Normally, preliminary meetings of seminars with topic allocation take place at the latest in the first week of lectures.
Often, seminars for the upcoming semester are already announced at the end of the courses of the current semester. The likelihood of this happening is greater if students show interest in a seminar built on the lecture. In such cases, the preliminary meeting for the seminar in the upcoming semester often already takes place in the current semester. Please get in touch with the instructors at an early stage if you are interested in a topic. This also makes sense because there often is a limited number of places in seminars.
Above all, seminars with other courses are announced in the UniVZ/Stud.IP system as well as in some cases by notice in the hallways or on the doors of academics. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open!
After the advisor situation is clarified, you have to fill out the following form together with the advisor and hand it in in the examination office.
When handing in the Bachelor's thesis, you have to keep the following in mind:
Two printed and bound editions of the thesis as well as an electronic version (PDF format) on CD-ROM have to be handed in.
The form of the thesis has no special requirements. The important thing is that the signed declaration of independent writing is part of the thesis.
Please proceed the following steps:
1. Fill in the registration form (This is a link to the form.).
2. Let your supervisors sign digitally.
3. Send the signed document via e-Mail to the examination office Link to examination office.
The examination office takes the further necessary steps and transfers the registration to FlexNow.
When calculating the final degree, the weighted mean of the corresponding credits of the following examination modules is calculated:
a) the Bachelor's thesis
b) all completed and graded module examinations.
Upon request of the students, module examinations in the range of at most 18 credits do not have to be part of the final grade, in this case the corresponding modules appear on the Bachelor's certificate without a grade.
By request of the students, modules of mathematics of the Bachelor's programme with two subjects in the range of at most 18 credits are not considered when calculating the final degree; in this case the corresponding modules appear on the Bachelor's certificate without grade.
If the Bachelor's thesis is written in the subject of mathematics, the deletion of grades can be directly applied for when compiling the certificate, because it is compiled at the math.-sci. examination office. The certification compilation form can be found
If the Bachelor's thesis is not written in mathematics, the certificate will be compiled in the examination office of the respective subject where the Bachelor's thesis is written. In this case, you first have to tell the math.-sci. examination office which grades should be deleted. This can be requested informally fromthe examination office mathematics under specification of your matriculation number and the modules that should be deleted. Her contact details can be found here. When the application is processed, your certificate can be compiled at the corresponding other examination office.
In some subjects, the completion of the Bachelor's programme with two subjects automatically allows the transition to the corresponding Master's programme. This is not the case in mathematics: The studies can be structured such that the transition to the Master's programme (M.Sc.) in mathematics is possible, but not each individual arrangment of the Bachelor's programme with two subjects allows you to do so. Therefore, you should plan the courses to take together with the study advisory at an early stage.
You can find a lead on how such an arrangement can look like here: Entrance requirements for the Master (M.Sc.) in mathematics, if you completed a Bachelor (two subjects) with mathematics (German).