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COMPUTER SCIENCE

 


Bachelor of Science - Undergraduate Program

Computer Science (CS) - The Program

Computer Science lies at the core of all modern industries, as computer systems and information technology are the basis for almost all of today’s production processes. Computer technology changes constantly but there are a number of fundamental principles underlying these technologies. The Computer Science program at Jacobs University focuses on understanding these principles and their application in practice. In addition to courses dealing with core competencies (programming, software engineering, foundations of computer science), you will be covering mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, and statistics) and take courses in engineering and sciences whilst also conducting guided research.
Study Computer Science at one of the world’s top-ranked universities (THE Ranking and THE Young University Ranking 2019, CHE Ranking) with excellent career options in top tech companies.

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Career Perspectives

Computer science is one of the key disciplines of the 21st century and affecting almost all modern industries. As a consequence, the possible career paths are very broad for graduates with a computer science degree. Many of our graduating students find jobs at top tech companies, such as Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.
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Key Facts

Program Start Date 2020:

last week of August (orientation week), first week of September (classes)
 

Tuition:

€ 20,000 per academic year
+ € 8,000 living expenses

Scholarships:

All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships of up to € 15,000 per year.

Application Deadlines 2020:

June 1 (global) and July 25 (for applicants who do not need a visa), individual applications possible from July 26 until August 20

Duration:

3 years full-time
 

 

Financing Options:

Each admitted candidate will receive an individual financial package.

5 reasons

5 reasons why you should study Computer Science at Jacobs University

  1. Study at a top-ranked private university with students from more than 100 nations
  2. Benefit from excellent partner universities for your study abroad options
  3. Individual career service support to help you plan and start your career
  4. Train your intercultural skills by studying with students from more than 100 countries
  5. Connect with Alumni to broaden your professional network

Program

The three-year undergraduate program involves six semesters of study with a total of 180 ECTS credit points (CP). The curricular structure follows an innovative and student-centered modularization scheme - the 3C-Model - that groups the disciplinary content of the three study years according to overarching themes:

 

Study program structure


The first study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. CS Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 22.5 CP will be from their intended major.

Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.

CS students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
  • CHOICE Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Algorithms and Data Structures (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to Computer Science (7.5 CP)
  • CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
The first two modules, Programming in C and C++ and Algorithms and Data Structures, introduce students to imperative and object-oriented programming and basic algorithms and data structures. The Introduction to Computer Science module discusses abstract and concrete notions of computing machines and algorithms, and the representation of information. Students are also exposed to a pure functional programming language. The Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems module discusses the interaction of computers with the physical world and it lays the foundation for intelligent systems.

 


In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-specific CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.

CS students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
  • CORE Module: Databases and Web Services (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Software Engineering (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Operating Systems (7.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Automata, Computability, and Complexity (7.5 CP)
Students decide to complement their studies by taking the discipline-specific mandatory elective CORE modules (15 CP):
  • CORE Module: Computer Networks (5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Computer Science (2.5 CP)
  • CORE Module: Secure and Dependable Systems (7.5 CP)
Or substitute these modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies with the aim to pursue a minor.

 


During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.

The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.

CS students take major-specific and major-related advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.

CS students can choose four of the following Specialization Modules:
  • Specialization: Computer Graphics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Human Computer Interaction (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Image Processing (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Distributed Algorithms (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Artificial Intelligence (5 CP)
  • CORE: Robotics (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Machine Learning (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Computer Vision (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
  • Specialization: Information Theory (5 CP)

As a core element of Jacobs University’s employability approach students are required to engage in a mandatory two-month internship of 15 CP that will usually be completed during the summer between the second and third year of study. This gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience in a professional environment, apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major in employment and society, reflect on their own role in employment and society, and find professional orientation. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a start-up option to focus on the development of their business plan.

The Jacobs Track, an important feature of Jacobs University’s educational concept, runs parallel to the disciplinary modules across all study years and is an integral part of the study program. It reflects a university-wide commitment to an in-depth training in scientific methods, fosters an interdisciplinary approach, raises awareness of global challenges and societal responsibility, enhances employability, and equips students with extra skills desirable in the general field of study. Additionally, it integrates (German) language and culture modules.

Methods and Skills modules
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of modules within the Methods and Skills area. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods/Skills area.

CS students take the following Methods modules:
  • Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra I (5 CP)
  • Methods: Calculus and Linear Algebra II (5 CP)
  • Methods: Probability and Random Processes (5 CP)
For the remaining 5 CP CS students can choose between the Methods modules1:
  • Methods: Numerical Methods (5 CP)
and the Mathematics CORE module:
  • CORE Module: Discrete Mathematics (5 CP)
1Students who take a minor must choose Numerical Methods.

Big Questions modules
The modules of the Big Questions area intend to broaden the students’ horizon with applied problem solving between and beyond the disciplines. The offerings comprise problem-solving oriented modules that tackle global challenges from the perspectives of different disciplinary backgrounds and that allow, in particular, a reflection of the acquired disciplinary knowledge in economic, societal, technological, and/or ecological contexts.
CS students select 2-4 modules (10 CP) from a broad portfolio of Big Questions modules.

Community Impact Project
In their 5th semester, students are required to take a 5 CP Community Impact Project (CIP) module. Students engage in on-campus or off-campus activities that challenge their social responsibility, i.e., they typically work on major-related projects that make a difference in the community life on campus, in its neighborhood, in Bremen, or on a cross-regional level.

Language modules
Jacobs University supports its students in acquiring and improving these skills by offering a variety of language modules at all proficiency levels. Emphasis is put on fostering German language skills of international students as they are an important prerequisite for non-native speaking students to learn about, explore, and eventually integrate into their host country and its professional environment.
All students take four language courses in the first and second year.
 

The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan:

Rankings

THE Young University Ranking 2019 Jacobs University has been top-ranked # 26 of 351 universities worldwide younger than 50 years, #11 in “Teaching” among the young universities worldwide as well as #1 in “International Outlook” and “Teaching” in Germany

CHE Ranking 2019 Jacobs University achieved top results in numerous other areas of the CHE ranking 2019. The most detailed university ranking in the German-speaking region not only takes into account facts on the range of courses but also questions students themselves.

Students & Alumni

I studied Computer Science at Jacobs because of the awesome career perspectives. Top tech companies like Microsoft hire Jacobs students as software engineers.


Matius Sulung Chairani

What surprised me about Jacobs was how close of a community it is. People look out for each other and care about how each other are doing.


Tyler Buchman

My Jacobs education helped me quite a lot to get to where I am right now in my career. The most important were the skills that I learned at Jacobs with respect to looking at problems and trying to find solutions to things that I haven't seen before.


Stefan Anca

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