Mathematicians are able to translate specific problems into mathematical questions, solve them, and draw conclusions for the application. The Bachelor's degree program in Mathematics leads to an initial professional qualification. Furthermore, it prepares the graduate to pursue the Master's degree in Mathematics.
The initial phase of the program imparts basic mathematical content and methods in the areas of analysis and linear algebra. Later on, elements from numeric, algebra, and stochastics are added. From the second academic year on, introductory software courses are offered as block courses (1-2 weeks) during lecture-free periods. From the fourth semester on, students acquire more specific knowledge in various areas by attending specialization modules. The sixth semester is devoted, among other things, to completion of the Bachelor's thesis.
In addition to mathematics, a minor subject related to mathematics is studied. Here students familiarize themselves with the basics of another subject and encounter examples of how its problems can be dealt with mathematically. The minor can be chosen from the following subjects, under the terms of the minor subject agreements with the departments responsible:
- Structural Mechanics and Statics
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Technical Mechanics
Other subjects can be studied as a minor on request.
Enjoyment of mathematical questions and an ability to adopt a structural and abstract way of thinking are good attributes to bring to this program. The essence of the discipline is recognizing basic mathematical relationships in different areas, abstracting them, and analyzing them.
In order to be able to better assess your own knowledge of mathematics before starting your studies, you can take an online placement test, for example here: [https://www.studiport.de/mathematik/testinfos]
Those who take such a test early on and thus make an early assessment of their own level of knowledge can, up until the actual start of their studies, work through any problems and gaps revealed by the test, repeat topics, or continue training in the mathematical tools.
It is recommended that students take the preparatory course in Mathematics, which repeats material previously covered in school while providing the first experiences with working and living at the university (lectures in the auditorium, accompanying exercises in small groups). The Department of Mathematics usually offers such a three-week preparatory course starting at the end of August or early September.
The Bachelor's program is not subject to admission restrictions.
The professional field of mathematicians is largely industry-independent and is constantly expanding. Core areas can be found in service-sector businesses such as IT, credit, insurance, and finance, in management consulting, in public service, and at universities and research institutions. Companies from areas such as medicine, chemistry, logistics, and manufacturing are also increasingly employing mathematicians.
The professional practice of mathematicians requires the ability to structure tasks that arise in the most diverse areas, translate them into mathematical problems (modeling, mathematization), provide mathematical or numerical solutions, and ultimately translate and interpret the results in the language of the user.
Thanks to the broad range of application areas, the job prospects are very good.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.