Informatics in the Natural Sciences (B. Sc.)
Informatics have become an important part not only of everyday life but also of Natural Sciences. Today, computers are paramount to scientists, be it with reference to controlling experiments or in order to understand the data produced. These tasks have become highly sophisticated and cannot expect to be conducted successfully by scientists with self-taught IT knowledge. They require well-trained experts with additional education in the respective field of studies. The Informatics in the Natural Sciences (NWI) program meets this demand by educating students in informatics as well as in one of the fields of Natural Sciences. For further career enhancement students are taught the salient social skills. Students are provided insights into current research and into our manifold international cooperations already during the Bachelor Program, enabling them to study and research abroad.
Module Structure (Matriculation from Winter Semester 2016/2017)
NWI alumni and alumnae are usually employed as informaticists in interdisciplinary workgroups of Natural Sciences. They do not replace specialists, but enhance a specialist's work applying methods of informatics on his or her problems. Subsequently the employment opportunities are manifold, ranging from aerospace industry, automatization and microelectronics to the chemical industry, pharmaceutics or major research institutions.
In the NWI program, the subject Informatics needs to be combined with a subject from natural sciences: Biology, Biotechnology, Physics or Chemistry. The NWI program also gives a necessary and therefore profound education in Mathematics, consisting of linear algebra, analysis and differential equations on the one hand and statistics and stochastics an the other hand.The education in Informatics comprises algorithms and data structure, programming, software engineering including web programming, computer engineering and theoretical computer science. This should enable a student to work successfully in the IT business or to begin any subsequent Master Program in Informatics. The education in Natural Sciences begins with an introduction to physics and chemistry which is also required for a later specialization in biology. Subjects following this introduction depend on the natural science in which the student decides to specialize, although some topics are salient to all natural sciences, such as administration and visualization of experimental data or digital image processing. The Bachelor Thesis can be done in Informatics as well as in Natural Sciences but should best be situated in a combination of both.
The Bachelor Program NWI comprises 180 Leistungspunkte and has a Regelstudienzeit (estimated time to finish) of 6 semesters.