Mathematics – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

Mathematics is one of the oldest sciences and plays an indispensable role in many fields of modern science (e.g. physics, computer science, engineering, economics). It is divided into the two major areas of pure and applied mathematics.  The main areas of pure mathematics include algebra, analysis, geometry, topology and number theory, while applied mathematics includes numerics, optimisation, parts of analysis and stochastics. In pure mathematics you will deal with abstract structures and their internal relationships. The aim here is to derive the greatest possible variety of statements from a few assumptions. Applied mathematics not only seeks solutions to technical questions, it also provides the instruments needed to tackle issues in the natural or engineering sciences, medicine, economics and the social sciences with quantitative methods.


Programme startWinter semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9.
Admission restrictionsno


Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester

Academic structure

You can study mathematics as a minor in combination with a major from all the humanities disciplines or all the natural science disciplines which require either a minor or required electives.

When combining mathematics with another major in the natural sciences, the examination regulations for your major will specify the numbers of credits required for the minor.

If your major is in the humanities, mathematics as a minor has 36 ECTS credits. You may choose from the following two variations:

Variation 1:
analysis I (9 cr), linear algebra I (9 cr), analysis II (9 cr), linear algebra II (9 cr)

Variation 2:
mathematics for physicists I (9 cr), mathematics for physicists II (9 cr), modelling (5 cr), computer use in mathematics (3 cr), numerics I (10 cr)

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).

Possible main subjects

When studying for a bachelor's degree in the humanities, you will choose both a major subject (120 credits) and a minor subject (40 credits). In addition to this you will attend courses from the field of key competencies (20 credits), including an internship. Click here for an overview of the general structure of bachelor's programmes in the humanities.

You can combine the Bachelor minor Mathematics with the following major subjects:

  • German LiteratureIn our Bachelor's Programme in German Literature you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will learn how to analyse and reflect critically on literature and to speak and write about it with authority.

  • French LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in French Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in French.

  • HistoryStudying history means that you will learn about everything from antiquity to the Middle Ages and through to modern and contemporary history while pursuing your own special interests.

  • Italian LiteratureThe Bachelor's Programme in Italian Literature is offered by the Department of Literature. Courses include literary, linguistic and language skills modules. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Italian.

  • Classics and the Ancient Near EastThis bachelor's programme is designed to convey a solid understanding of the cultures of classical antiquity and their reception. The interdisciplinary courses stretch from literary studies (Greek/Latin) via history to archaeology.

  • PhilosophyIn our bachelor's programme in philosophy you will study the theories and positions of classical and contemporary philosophers. Furthermore, you will discuss philosophical questions regarding such topics as the justification of moral norms and the relationship between language and reality.

  • Slavic LiteraturesIn our Bachelor's Programme in Slavic Literatures you will be taught methods to academically approach literary and non-literary texts. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of the literatures and languages of the peoples of eastern and south-eastern Europe.

  • SociologyIn this study programme you will focus on the study of societies. You will gain new perspectives on society and learn to describe, understand and explain it.

  • Spanish and Ibero-American StudiesThis bachelor's programme is offered by the Department of Literature. You will focus on the academic analysis and interpretation of literature written in Spanish.



What interests and skills should I have?

You should really enjoy the subject and have a definite desire to understand relationships in the minutest detail. For this you will need endurance and determination. Whereas in school the main focus is on exercising various solution methods, during your studies you will learn to perform proofs and to understand and tackle problems. A good level of frustration tolerance, logical thinking and a systematic approach to understanding (recognising and ordering relationships) are useful in order to master the challenges involved.

Language skills

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for economics major or minor.
Entry requirements:

Applicants with German higher education entrance qualification:

  • general or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification
  • university entrance for working applicants without higher education entrance qualification (special provisions)

applicants with higher education entrance qualification from abroad:

  • general or subject-specific German higher education entrance qualification
  • school graduation that permits higher education entrance in the home country and is recognised as equal to the German higher education entrance qualification or
  • assessment test (Studienkolleg (preparatory course))


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

Mathematics minor has no admission restrictions. Please note that if you have chosen a major with admission restrictions and an earlier application deadline, this earlier deadline is valid for all of your chosen subjects.

The study programme begins in the winter semester only. The application deadline is 15 September. There may be other deadlines if you are applying for admission to a higher semester (for instance, if you are changing subjects or universities). Please consult the university website for more information.