Individualised initial study phase

With the individualised introductory phase, we offer you the opportunity to spread the content of your Bachelor's degree in mathematics (BAföG-compliant!) over up to 8 semesters instead of 6, in order to focus in more detail on fundamentals that are important from the outset in your mathematics studies, but are usually dealt with less intensively at school, especially. This will give you the right impetus to really hit the ground running afterwards.

Topics are often dealt with in a very general way when studying maths, which may initially seem very abstract compared to school. Furthermore, great importance is placed on the precise use of mathematical terminology and formulae and proofs play a central role in the development of mathematical theories from the very beginning. You will therefore need to learn new methods and a new way of thinking in order to make a successful start to your maths studies. In the (voluntary) course Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning, we will support you by covering these important fundamentals in more detail and offer more practise than is possible in the lectures Linear Algebra and Analysis.

As part of the individualised introductory phase, students on the Mathematics B.Sc. and Mathematics B.Ed. (Teacher Training) degree programmes have the opportunity to postpone the Analysis I/II lectures by one year if they take part in the course Introduction to mathematical reasoning  I/II. This gives you more time at the beginning to thoroughly learn the central basics of mathematics studies. Furthermore, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions, up to two semesters are not counted towards the duration of your studies and a correspondingly longer BAföG funding period is also possible.

The following exemplary study plans show how the Bachelor's degree programme can proceed if you take part in the introductory phase. These are of course only examples and actual study programmes can and may look different. In particular, other combinations of specialisations are also possible.

The following modules can be credited as part of the individualised introductory phase:

  • Introduction to mathematical reasoning I, II (6 SWS each)  
  • Mathewerkstatt and revision courses (up to 4 SWS)
  • Plenary exercises on linear algebra I, II and analysis I, II (2 SWS each)

The current dates can be found in the course catalogue of the department.

For further information on content, credit transfer and longer BAföG funding, please contact the coordinator of the introductory phase, Dr Anna Pippich, or the Mathematics student advisory service.