Bachelor's Programme in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science
Our understanding of the universe and all modern technology is based on advances made in scientific research over approximately the last 100 years. The operation of computers and mobile phones relies fully on quantum mechanical principles, and the nature of matter in the universe has been unveiled by studies in particle physics, astronomy and cosmology. New exciting discoveries are constantly made and will affect our future. For instance, studies on quantum information combined with the development of new materials are just about to open up the doors for quantum computing, and the analysis by artificial intelligence of big data will lead to new ways to cure disease.
The Bachelor's Programme in Science offers an interdisciplinary education that will enable you to work on the cutting edge of exciting basic research and application development in math, physics, chemistry and computer/data science.
During the first half year, all students receive a foundation in university-level math and basic programming skills. After this, they can choose a study track, with second- and third-year university-level courses offered in math, computer/data science, physics and chemistry. It is possible to either deepen the studies in one of these study tracks or to combine studies of two or three tracks to get a truly multidisciplinary education.
The study tracks:
- Mathematics. The mathematics study track emphasises mathematics as a science of its own. It offers an introduction both to the key concepts and methods of modern mathematics as well as a wider view on the exact world of mathematics, studying exactly defined concepts and the properties and relationships that emerge among these. The study track offers a good grounding for continued studies in mathematics on the master's and doctoral levels. Depending on the optional studies chosen, the track directs the students towards either the world of pure mathematics, with research questions arising from within mathematical theories, or towards applied mathematics where mathematical tools are used to solve questions arising in other areas such as the physical world around us. The study track gives the required prerequisites for continuing studies in the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics. Including studies in statistics or computer science also makes the student eligible to continue in the Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics or the Master’s Programme in Data Science. Including courses in physics or chemistry allows for studies in the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods.
- Computer and data science. The students in the study track of computer and data science acquire the skills to build modern software both by doing hands-on exercises and projects and by studying the fundamental ideas underlying how computers work and how they can be used efficiently. They also get an introduction to the new possibilities created by artificial intelligence and the analysis of large masses of data. Studies in mathematics are a necessary foundation for the more advanced concepts in computer science, in particular going beyond the bachelor's level. Students graduating from the study track of computer and data science can continue in the Master's Programme in Computer Science or the Master's Programme in Data Science.
- Physics. In the physics study track, you get an education about the classical and quantum mechanical foundations of modern physics, and a view on how this knowledge relates to the modern understanding of the nature of the universe and new technologies. After the common basic and subject studies (60 cr), you can choose courses that start to direct the studies towards one of the master's programmes in which you can continue: the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, the Master’s Programme in Materials Research (which includes nanoscience and biophysics) and the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods. By combining physics and mathematics studies, you can also direct your studies towards the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, by combining physics and chemistry towards the Master’s Programme in Physical Chemistry, and by combining physics and computer science studies towards the Master’s Programme in Data Science.
- Chemistry. In the chemistry study track, you get an education about the fundamental concepts and modern experimental methods of chemistry, related to an understanding of the nature and the role of science and new technologies in society in the future. Bioeconomics, circular economy, novel energy sources, food production, clean water and air, as well as health care set challenges that require a strong knowledge of chemistry. In the chemistry study track, after the common basic and subject studies (60 cr), you can choose courses that start to direct your studies towards one of the optional chemistry-related master's programmes: the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, the Master’s Programme in Materials Research, the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, or the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences. By combining chemistry with mathematics, physics or computer science you can also direct yourself to the master’s programmes of those disciplines. After completing the BSc degree, you can also apply to master’s programmes in other universities in Finland or abroad.
Separate application period.
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Bachelor of Science and Master of Science
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