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Mathematics

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3 years
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Programme

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.

Job description and job opportunities

There are few undergraduate degrees which rival mathematics in the diversity of rewarding job options. These include the following:

  • Insurance companies hire mathematicians on actuarial and other analyst positions.
  • Quantitative Finance and Financial Engineering offers numerous opportunities involving fairly deep mathematical concepts,
  • Operations Researchers help organizations, businesses, and government find efficient solutions to organizational and strategic planning questions, including scheduling and distribution problems, resource allocation, facilities design, and forecasting.
  • Mathematicians are frequently employed in Information Technology positions. In particular, mathematical knowledge is essential for work in information security and cryptography.
  • Statisticians are employed by large organizations and work in research and development divisions from academia to industry to analyze data from surveys and experiments.
  • Education offers a wide field of employment ranging from secondary school teachers to university professors.
  • There are job opportunities in Engineering Mathematics in sectors from aerospace engineering and petroleum engineering to a wide range of other engineering disciplines,

Mathematicians pursue academic careers at research institutes or universities.


The Career Services Center (CSC) as well as the Jacobs Alumni Office help students in their career development. The CSC provides students with high quality training and coaching in CV creation, cover letter formulation, interview preparation, effective presenting, business etiquette and employer research as well as in many other aspects, thus helping students identify and follow up rewarding careers after their time at Jacobs University. Furthermore, the Alumni Office helps students establish a long-lasting and worldwide network which comes in handy when exploring job options in academia, industry, and elsewhere.

Emphasis/Curriculum

The ?rst 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-speci?c 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)

Admission/Entrance requirements

Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.

Fees & Finances

We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.

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Organisation

Jacobs University is a private, independent university that offers the highest research and academic standards. Young people from every continent are trained as world citizens with leadership qualities at Jacobs University in Bremen. Students, professors, and research associates work together to acquire and convey knowledge.

Our central principles are:

  • Excellence in the selection of students and professors, in the structuring of our syllabuses and the associated performance requirements for students and faculty
  • An international student body and faculty; internationally recognized study credits and qualifications; lessons in English
  • Trans-disciplinary teaching and research, which means cross-departmental collaboration
  • Interactive, networked teaching and learning; teaching, research, and living all unified on campus
  • Independent organization and management, high flexibility

Contact

Jacobs University Bremen

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28759 Bremen
Deutschland

E-Mail: admission@jacobs-university.de
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