Bachelor Course of Study
What does a Bachelor Course of Study in Mathematics look like?
We can only give you a brief introduction to the Bachelor course of study here. Detailed information and a contact person can be found here.
The Bachelor course of study is laid out over six semesters or three years. In addition to their major, students also study an application subject, which has a shorter duration.
In the first year, basics are taught for the rest of the studies. Important courses are:
- Basics of Mathematics: This is an introduction to the abstract side of mathematics, which was probably given less attention in school lessons.
- Analysis: Course material is similar to parts of differential and integral calculus from school.
- Linear Algebra: In school, there is a branch with the same name (with analytical geometry). This course however is at a much more abstract level.
- Stochastics: This title is also reminiscent of topics covered in school. The course begins at a relatively elementary niveau.
- There are other courses (e.g. parallel practical training on a computer and a course on modeling and simulation) that cover less material. Additionally, courses must be taken in the application subject.
In general, the degree of abstraction, degree of immersion in the material, and the pace of the lectures and exercises will be much higher than what you are probably used to from school.
Courses in the second and third year build upon acquired basic skills and advance them further. In particular, new topics are introduced at this time.
A Bachelor degree is the first degree that qualifies you for a job, and makes it possible for you to start work in the economy. It is possible to add on a four semester Master course of study, which takes a more scientific approach.
Particular Emphases of an RWTH Aachen Mathematics Course of Study
Aachen Mathematics is very much application oriented. An emphasis is placed on the application of math in engineering and the natural sciences (such as flow simulation or reliability analysis of technical systems). Another central field is computer algebra. Crucial building blocks of this course of study include computer based applications and programming skills.