Bachelor's Program in Mathematics (UA 033 621)

The Bachelor's in Mathematics, which takes 180 ECTS (the equivalent of 6 semesters full-time study), offers solid basic training in a broad range of subject areas, combined in an integrated curriculum.  Upon successful completion, graduates can either continue studies (e.g. with our Master's curriculum) or enter the workforce.

In order to satisfy both of these goals after the foundational courses, the Bachelor's curriculum offers a range of electives in the third year, during which students choose between electives focusing either on either the mathematical preparation for work in industry, or on training for scientific work. 

The environment and specific characteristics of mathematics studies at the University of Vienna

In addition to its importance as an independent science, mathematics has long been very influential on engineering, the natural sciences, and economics. More recently, mathematical methods have been steadily gaining importance in biology, medicine, psychology, and the social sciences, and have been influential in the further development of these disciplines. The universal character of mathematics lends itself to unifying a wide range of diverse subjects. 

This role of mathematics is reflected in our Bachelor's curriculum. Our approach to training emphasizes the unifying character of mathematics and tries to avoid a splintering into disjoint single areas. In particular, the relationship between "pure" and "applied" mathematics is understood as mutual completions of each other. 

Goals of the bachelor curriculum

Students in the Bachelor of mathematics program obtain extensive basic training of the most important areas of mathematics. Based on this knowledge, graduates acquire a high degree of abstract problem-solving skills, critical and analytical thinking, and an exact approach to work. They have the ability to flexibly and creatively approach complex problems, to systematically develop solutions, and to communicate those solutions to a variety of audiences. 

These skills developed during basic mathematical training are in high demand in many industries and therefore, put graduates in an excellent position to compete in the job market. Since our training approach emphasizes the universal aspects of mathematics, the fields in which our graduates eventually apply their skills range widely, from engineering, research, and development, to business administration positions. Most of our graduates work in banks and insurance, consulting and controlling firms, IT and software development, and market research.