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Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Mathematics - The Program

Why Mathematics?

Mathematics is at the foundation of science, ranging from the beauty of theory and pure thought to applications in almost all areas of the natural sciences, engineering, economics, finance, and even the social sciences. As such, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics offers a unique combination of intellectual breadth and disciplinary depth.

Specifically, mathematics offers a great variety of academic career paths, ranging from teaching at all levels to research in mathematics and its adjacent fields.

A bachelor’s degree in mathematics qualifies for graduate study not only in Mathematics, but also in neighboring disciplines such as Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, Economics, Finance, MBA programs, and many others.

Mathematicians find employment in a variety of high-level strategic positions in which analytic thinking, problem-solving, and quantitative skills are paramount, ranging from consultancy, public administration, information technology, and data security, to high-level management.

In surveys, mathematicians consistently report strong personal identification with their field in combination with a high level of job satisfaction.

The key element in our education is that we do not just teach courses to students, but accompany them as individuals throughout their education and help them achieve, or even identify, their personal goals. In this spirit, the Bachelor Program in Mathematics at Jacobs offers a three-year program with advanced study options providing optimal preparation for graduate education at top European and US universities.

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Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)

Tuition:

€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses

Scholarships:

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 15 (for applicants who do not need a visa)

Duration:

3 years full-time
 

 

Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 Reasons

5 reasons why you should study Mathematics at Jacobs University

  1. A flexible curriculum which adapts to student interests and pace with a flexible choice of a minor subject
  2. Small classes and close faculty-student interaction with engaged and approachable professors
  3. Personal mentoring and advising as well as individual career services and support
  4. Options for early involvement in research and faculty-student publications as well as participation in international math competitions
  5. Vibrant international community of motivated and gifted peers

Program

The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:

 

Study program structure


The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. Math Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 22.5 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

Math students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
  • CHOICE Module: Analysis I (7.5 CP, Semester 1)
  • CHOICE Module: Linear Algebra (7.5 CP, Semester 2)
  • CHOICE Module Applied Mathematics (7.5 CP, Semester 2)
These modules cover the foundations of Calculus and Linear Algebra from a rigorous mathematical perspective (“Analysis I” and “Linear Algebra”). In addition, the module “Applied Mathematics” covers theory and applications of multi-variable calculus.

 


In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

Math Students take 20 CP CORE Modules:
  • CORE Module: Undergraduate Seminar (5 CP, Semester 3+4)
  • CORE Module: Introductory Algebra (7.5 CP, Semester 3)
  • CORE Module: Analysis III (7.5 CP, Semester 4)
Students complement their studies by taking 25 ECTS of the 2nd/3rd year CORE and Specialization modules:
  • CORE Module: Discrete Mathematics (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Number Theory (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Complex Analysis (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Real Analysis (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Topology (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Foundations of Mathematical Physics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Dynamical Systems Lab (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Partial Differential Equations (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Algebra (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Algebraic Topology (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Stochastic Processes (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Stochastic Methods Lab (7.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Applied Dynamical Systems Lab (7.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Numerical Analysis (5 CP)
Or substitute a total of 15 CP of the listed modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor.

 


During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

Math students take major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

Math students take further 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:
  • Specialization: Complex Analysis (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Real Analysis (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Topology (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Foundations of Mathematical Physics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Dynamical Systems Lab (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Partial Differential Equations (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Algebra (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Algebraic Topology (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Stochastic Processes (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Stochastic Methods Lab (7.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Applied Dynamical Systems Lab (7.5 CP)
  • Specialization: Numerical Analysis (5 CP)

As a core element of Jacobs University’s employability approach students are required to engage in a mandatory two-month internship of 15 CP that will usually be completed during the summer between the second and third year of study. This gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience in a professional environment, apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major in employment and society, reflect on their own role in employment and society, and find professional orientation. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a start-up option to focus on the development of their business plan.

The Jacobs Track, an important feature of Jacobs University’s educational concept, runs parallel to the disciplinary modules across all study years and is an integral part of the study program. It reflects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with extra skills desirable in the general field of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.

Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of modules within the Methods and Skills area. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods/Skills area.

Math students take the following Methods modules
  • Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra I (5 CP)
  • Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra II (5 CP)
  • Methods: Probability and Random Processes (5 CP)
  • Methods: Numerical Methods (5 CP)
Big Questions modules
The modules of the Big Questions area intend to broaden the students’ horizon with applied problem solving between and beyond the disciplines. The offerings comprise problem-solving oriented modules that tackle global challenges from the perspectives of different disciplinary backgrounds and that allow, in particular, a reflection of the acquired disciplinary knowledge in economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts.

Math students take 2-4 (10 CP) modules from a big portfolio of Big Questions modules.

Community Impact Project
In their 5th semester, students are required to take a 5 CP Community Impact Project (CIP) module. Students engage in on-campus or off-campus activities that challenge their social responsibility, i.e., they typically work on major-related projects that make a difference in the community life on campus, in its neighborhood, in Bremen, or on a cross-regional level.

Language modules
Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proficiency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native speaking students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment.
All students take four language courses in the first and second year.
 

The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan:

Ranking

The program was highly ranked in the CHE Rankings 2018 for its great study support. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses, but also questions students themselves.

Students & Alumni

The relationship with the professors is very close, the groups are small and the fellow students are very good, which is an additional motivating factor.


Jessica Fintzen, Doctorate at Harvard University, Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton

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