Bachelor of Applied Mathematics
Information about the Bachelor
The Bachelor of Applied Mathematics courses are offered as modules (lectures, seminars, and practical courses). These usually last one semester and are concluded with an examination.
Each module is assigned a certain number of credit points (LP/ECTS – Credit Points) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One credit point (LP) corresponds to approximately a student workload of 30 hours. These reflect the average workload – including self-study. A total of 240 ECTS must be earned in the Bachelor must be accumulated. On average, this is 40 LP/ECTS per semester.
In order to study with an “intermediate high school diploma”, elementary methods of algebra are introduced in the first year.
The curriculum for the first two semesters includes the following lectures:
- Elementary Methods of Algebra and Simple Functions I (20 ECTS).
- Elementary Methods of Algebra and Simple Functions II (20 ECTS)
- Elementary and Descriptive Statistics and Simple Forecasting I (20 ECTS)
- Elementary and Descriptive Statistics and Simple Forecasting II (20 ECTS)
- Analysis I and Analysis II (20 ECTS each):
Differential and integral calculus is systematically developed in one or more spatial dimensions starting from school mathematics. Naturally, numerous new problems and areas, such as differential equations, function spaces, or differential geometry open up. Linear Algebra I and Linear Algebra II (20 ECTS each): The concept of a vector is abstracted, and an algebraic theory of general vector spaces is formally constructed from it. Linear mappings on vector spaces are classified, and the vector and matrix calculus is developed.
Algorithmic Mathematics I and Algorithmic Mathematics II:
Discrete mathematics, numerics, and stochastics are mathematical fields whose applications rely on the use of algorithms and computers. This course introduces these fields and their associated algorithms. If a subject is chosen, 15 ECTS will be awarded.
Analytic, algebraic, and algorithmic methods are used to teach the basic techniques of mathematical work. Like most advanced lectures, they are accompanied by exercises (tutorials) in which the learned knowledge is deepened.
From the 3rd semester onwards, elective modules and minor modules can be taken. The compulsory elective area is divided into six mathematical areas. Students choose from the following segments (with 15 ECTS):
- Algebra, Number Theory, and Logic
- Analysis and Differential Equations
- Discrete Mathematics
- Geometry and Topology
- Numerics and Scientific Computing
- Advanced Statistics and Stochastics
Advanced seminars deepen and accompany the more advanced lectures. The program requires at least one advanced seminar (8 ECTS-LP). As a rule, this will be from the area in which the bachelor thesis is written.
A minor subject is an integral part of the Bachelor’s program. The common minor subjects are physics, computer science, or economics. Other minor subjects may be approved upon request. A corresponding application can be made informally by e-mail to the Bachelor’s/Master’s Office. At least 12 ECTS-LP must be acquired in the chosen subject. Taking a first introductory minor lecture in the 2nd or 3rd semester is recommended.
The Bachelor’s thesis (12 LP) and the accompanying seminar (6 LP) are essential to the study. The area of specialization should be chosen at the beginning of the 5. Semester. This way, you will not miss any elective lectures leading to the Bachelor’s thesis . As preparation for the Bachelor thesis, attendance in the two-hour training course “subject-specific/scientific literature research” is obligatory.
The remaining maximum of 12 ECTS-LP (for a total of 240 ECTS) can be acquired in any modules. In a one-time two-hour course, knowledge is imparted that is of great use in scientific work, such as the preparation of a Bachelor’s thesis. For example, the use of relevant scientific online archives. This course is a compulsory course, and we recommend attending it in the second or third year of study as preparation for the Bachelor’s thesis .
The Study Program in Brief
Tuition fees amount to CHF 13,300 for the entire Bachelor’s program, including enrollment fees. In addition, there are costs for the teaching materials, which vary depending on the subject, and travel to the oral and written final examination in your area.
Students who have successfully completed their schooling are generally eligible for admission to our distance learning university. Depending on the course of study, additional prerequisites can be defined; this is evident in the detailed study information and during registration. An equivalency procedure can be applied in case of a missing degree. There will be a written exam after each module (semester). In order to enter the next higher module, the initial examination must be successfully passed (propaedeutic).
The Master’s programs are only open to students with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Those with an equivalent degree are asked to send their documents to the Rector’s Office by mail or by post.
The length of study depends on the desired workload and the payment made. We will be happy to create a personal study plan for you.
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