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Bachelor (1 Subject)

Technomathematics

Overview

Degree Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Field Natural Sciences and Technology
Language German
Standard program duration 6 semesters
Admission restrictions None
Further in­for­mation Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)
 

Short profile

Many technical processes are not initially implemented in practice, but rather simulated in computers. For example, in order to find out how long a component can withstand mechanical loads and when it will first start to crack, it is not necessary to perform destructive testing of the actual, often expensive components or machines; instead, the answers being sought can be obtained through models and simulations. Here, technomathematicians take part in intelligent product development, for example by creating and optimizing complex simulations.

The Bachelor's degree program leads to a first professional qualification; it also prepares the graduate to pursue a Master's degree in (Techno)Mathematics. The initial phase of the program imparts the fundamental mathematical content and methods in the areas of analysis and linear algebra and runs parallel to the mathematics program; in addition, the basics of computer science are covered. Beginning in the second year of study, introductory software courses are offered as block courses (1-2 weeks) during the lecture-free periods. Later, elements of numeric and optimization in particular are added to prepare for topics in mathematical model building and scientific computing. Another core activity for professional qualification is the study proj­ect "Modeling and Simulation." Here the competences of independent scientific work and proj­ect work are integrated, together with the ability to implement technical programs in work groups and make effective presentations. The projects should be closely re­le­vant to problems in science or engineering. The goals of the proj­ect are to work out a specific topic in technomathematics, create software in a collaborative group, and sharpen skills in written and oral presentation.

In addition to mathematics, a minor subject related to Technomathematics is studied. Here students familiarize themselves with the basics of another subject and encounter examples of how its problems can be dealt with mathematically. At present, the minor can be chosen from the following subjects:

  • Structural Mechanics and Statics
  • Chem­is­try
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Technical Mechanics.

Other application areas in natural sciences and technology may, upon request, be studied as minor subjects.

Knowledge and skills

The Bachelor's program in Technomathematics is aimed at high school graduates who are mathematically talented and have a particular interest in the use of mathematics in the natural sciences and engineering.

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.

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 Faculty 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.

Professional fields

Technomathematicians are employed in industrial and re­search sectors where development work is carried out by means of computer-aided simulation, which replaces more costly experimental studies. This includes nearly all branches of production (mechanical engineering, the automobile industry, electrical engineering), logistics, and software development. Like other professional mathematicians, they also often work in management consulting, in public service, and at universities and re­search institutes. The demand for technomathematicians can be described as expansive, making the prospects for employment 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”.

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