You have decided to study mathematics in Freiburg and have enrolled in one of our two bachelor degree programmes (Bachelor of Science or Two-Major Bachelor) or in the Master of Ecucation as additional subject . What do you need to do before starting your studies?
The short answer is: Come to the introductory week!
You will receive all the necessary information there.
Usually, you do not have to do anything else beforehand.
Some typical questions you might have will already be answered here.
For further questions, you might contact the
Student Advisory Service
or the Student Council of the Mathematical Institute.
Material
To begin with, you only need paper and pens to study mathematics
pens, but no calculator or collection of formulas or anything
similar. Internet access is extremely useful (theoretically you can
also use PC pools at the university); later on in the course of your
studies your own computer will be useful.
You do not need your own books to start your studies: lecture notes
of the lectures are often available as pdf files; textbooks can be
borrowed from the library; you can also access them via your account
at the computer center you also have access to many mathematical
e-books.
You will also receive the weekly exercises as pdf files (which you
can also print out from the student PC pool at the Institute's
student PC pool).
Literature
If you would like to learn a little about mathematics and the study
of mathematics before you find some book recommentations
below on this page .
How do I get the timetable?
You have to compile the timetable yourself. Normally it is
sufficient if you do this in the week before the start of lectures.
Dates for tutorials are not even fixed until the first week of
lectures. You can find times and rooms
All mathematics degree programs build on the basic lectures in
analysis and linear algebra:
"
Analysis I
" and "
Linear Algebra I
" are offered every winter semester, "
Analysis II
" and "
Linear Algebra II
" are offered every summer semester. Each of these courses consists
of a four-hour lecture and a two-hour tutorial.
The lecture
Linear Algebra I
usually takes place on Mondays and Thursdays and the lecture
Analysis I
takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 8:15 to 10 am. There
are a variety of dates for the tutorials; registration usually takes
place in the first week of lectures, depending on the rest of the
timetable. The tutorials are organized by the lecture assistant, who
you can contact if you have any problems. (You can find out who the
assistant is in the
Mathematics course catalog
, the contact details in our
directory of staff
.)
What else can / should I do before the start of lectures?
You should "book" courses that you want to attend, i.e. via the
HISinOne campus management system
to submit your participation request (instructions in the
wiki
). Non-subject-specific courses (especially at the Faculty of
Engineering) are sometimes only available after the start of
lectures.
In the Two-major Bachelor you should use the timetable - depending on your second subject. If you have any problems, please contact the academic advise office. Otherwise, you do not need to do anything else.
In the (1-major subject) Bachelor you should think about the choice of application subject. Information on the application subject can be found here .
Every winter term, the Mathematical Institute offers a precourse for first-year students in mathematics. This precourse is intended to facilitate entry into studying mathematics, but is not a prerequisite. Usually, it takes place two weeks before the start of lectures.
Date and location
Mathematics precourses for other degree programmes
Every winter term, the Student Council
organizes the welcome week for first-year students in mathematics.
During this week, the new mathematics students can get to know each other, but also students in higher
semesters. The lecturers of the first-semester lectures introduce themselves,
and there are guided tours of the Mathematical Institute, the University and the city of Freiburg.
In order to clarify open questions about the course of studies, the
Student Advisory Service
offers an information event during the introductory week.
Participation in the introductory week is highly recommended for all
first semester students. The new Master's students are also invited –
there are some special programme items for them.
Date and registration
Programme
University-wide events
When and where do I start my studies?
You can find the start and end of the lecture periods of each
semester
on this page
.
The first semester lectures in mathematics - Analysis I and Linear Algebra I - start on Monday and Tuesday of the first week of lectures at 8:15 am. The lecture hall is usually the "Rundbau" (no. 28 in the site plan ).
No registration is required for the lectures, but prior booking via the HISinOne campus management system. You will receive all relevant information in the first lecture. In particular, you will be told how to register for exercises (tutorials). There are several alternative dates; they are distributed with or after registration.
Where do the mathematics courses take place?
In most cases in the following rooms:
HS = Hörsaal = lecture hall, SR = seminar room | Site plan | Address | |
- HS Rundbau | No. 28 | Albertstr. 21a | |
- HS Weismannhaus | No. 29 | Albertstr. 21 | |
- HS II | No. 13 | Albertstr. 23b | |
- SR 119, 125, 127, 218, 318, 403, 404, 414 | No. 2 | Ernst-Zermelo-Str. 1 | |
- SR 226 | No. 16 | Hermann-Herder-Str. 10 |
How does the tutoring system work and what can you do if you have
difficulties with appointments?
There is an assistant for every lecture, who takes care of all
organizational issues and to whom you can turn in case of problems,
especially if there are scheduling difficulties with the tutorials.
The name of the assistant is in the
Course catalog of the Institute of Mathematics
as noted for each lecture.
The assistants also organize the distribution of the students to the exercise groups/tutoring sessions. They usually use the HISinOne campus management system, in which you can register online for a desired date within a certain period of time ("belegen"), provided there are still places available in the tutorial. The deadline usually runs until the first week of lectures. If you still need a place in a tutorial after the deadline (because the start of your studies has been delayed for any reason) or if there are scheduling difficulties after you have been allocated a place (e.g. because of a different tutorial allocation), please contact the assistant!
What should I keep in mind during my studies?
There is no compulsory attendance in lectures, but usually in
tutorials (which often only start in the second week of lectures).
However, regular participation in the lectures is strongly
recommended, and without regular preparation and follow-up work
lectures is hardly possible. It is therefore essential to work hard
from the very beginning.
It is advisable to prepare for and follow up on the lecture and work on the exercises partly on your own, partly in small groups, as you should learn both how to master mathematical tasks on your own, as well as to explain mathematical relationships.
Student workstations / PC workstations / communication rooms can be found here:
By when do the first exams have to be completed and how do
register for the exams?
There are "orientation achievements" in both Bachelor's degree
programs, which must be passed by the end of the 3rd semester:
Please note that you must take each of the two courses Analysis I and Linear Algebra I and you must pass two separate course assessments: Exercises and written exam. You must register for both in due time via the campus management systems HISinOne . See also the information on examinations in the Two-major Bachelor , (resp BSc Mathematics , in the MEd extension subject (120 ECTS), or in the MEd extension subject (90 ECTS).)
Further information on the individual degree programs, useful links and study documents such as module handbooks and examination regulations can be found on the information pages of the individual degree programs:
More useful links:
What does the 2-major Bachelor's degree continue?
The second parts of
Analysis II
and/or
Linear Algebra II
follow on from the 1st semester. Both end with an oral examination
on
Analysis I and II
and
Linear Algebra I and II . For these examinations there are
two examination periods in the year: April and October (more
precisely: about three weeks before the start of lectures and the
first week of lectures). You can split these two exams over
different semesters, even if you have attended both basic lectures
at the same time.
If you choose the teaching degree option, it is advisable to complete the orientation internship between the 1st and 2nd semester the orientation internship (including preparation and follow-up work). The prerequisite is that you have already attended the course Introduction to the educational sciences .
For the rest of the program, the courses in mathematics are are largely prescribed. You have options for the practical exercise and the proseminar:
After the basic lectures Analysis I, II resp. Linear Algebra I, II you can spread the remaining compulsory courses in mathematics as you wish over the remaining semesters. The practical exercise however, should not be attended before the corresponding lecture but preferably at the same time. Some of the offered seminars may require further lectures than just the basic lectures.
Please always remember to register for examinations in good time and registration of coursework in good time!
What does the Bachelor of Science (1-major Bachelor's degree)
continue?
The second parts
Analysis II
and
Linear Algebra II
are completed in the 2nd semester and follow on from the 1st
semester. Both end with an oral examination on
Analysis I and II
and
Linear Algebra I and II
. There are two examination periods per year for these
examinations: April and October (more precisely: about three weeks
before the start of each lecture and the first week of lectures).
You can split these two exams to different semesters, in the 3rd
semester then follows
Analysis III
,
Numerics I
and
Stochastics I
as compulsory lectures.
Also for the 2nd semester is the programming course Introduction to programming for students of natural sciences on Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS), which forms part of the BOK area. Please note the ZfS application deadlines, which are at the end of March/beginning of April!
From around the 3rd semester onwards, you will be able to take elective courses in addition to the compulsory courses according to your interests; an overview of the regular range of suitable of suitable lectures can be found here (pdf) . Take a look at the course catalog before the start of the semester; preferably also in the online version, as there may be interesting two-hour lectures suitable for Bachelor students may be added at short notice. When selecting the the required prior knowledge, which can be found in the module handbook or in the annotated course catalog are described.
It is best to complete the proseminar in the 3rd or 4th semester. Each semester, around four proseminars on different topics are offered. Registration for a Proseminar takes place towards the end of the previous semester; please note the modalities published in the comments on the courses.
You are welcome to discuss your study plans with the Academic advisory office or one of the lecturers. At irregular intervals there are also information events in which the various specializations focus areas are introduced and ways to complete a Bachelor's thesis are shown.
Please always remember to register for examinations in good time and registration of coursework in good time!
When planning your studies, please also note the requirements for the ECTS points for the individual areas: at least 132 ECTS points in mathematics (including Bachelor's thesis and the "internal BOK area", i.e. practical numerical exercise, proseminar and seminar); a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 16 BOK points at the ZfS (of which usually 6 of these through the programming course); completed application subject and 0 to a maximum of 20 creditable ECTS points in the elective area.
Studying abroad
Planning for a possible semester/year abroad during your
Bachelor's degree program should begin at the end of the 2nd
semester/beginning of the 3rd semester at the latest. More
information can be found on the website of the
International representative of the Institute of Mathematics
and the
International Office
of the University of Freiburg.