The Basis of Exact Science
Mathematics is the language in which our era’s technical and scientific knowledge is formulated. It is also an indispensable tool in computer science, insurance and the economy. However, its actual core is pure mathematics: the intensive study of abstract structures and geometrical objects, and the discovery and description of the laws that govern them.
Credits ECTS: 180
Language of instruction: German
The study of mathematics at ETH differs from degree courses at other institutions of higher education because it dovetails closely with physics. The first year of study is nearly identical in the Mathematics and Physics degree programmes, and, after the first year, it is possible to switch in either direction without additional requirements.
The first two years of the Bachelor’s degree programme cover the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and computer science, and advanced knowledge in various mathematical disciplines. In the third year three core subjects are chosen, of which at least one must come from the area of Pure Mathematics and another from Applied Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science.
- Common first year for undergraduates in Mathematics and Physics: Analysis, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Physics, Computer Science
- Specialised lectures from the second year onwards: Algebra, Topology, Probability and Statistics, etc.
- Core and elective courses from the fields of Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
- Seminars, Bachelor’s thesis
Unconditional transfer to:
Director of studies: Prof. Dr. Manfred Einsiedler
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