The bachelor and master degree in Computer Science were introduced in the summer semester 2003. With that, the Free University of Berlin was the first university in Berlin to offer the new degrees for the academic field of computer science. Both degrees have been accredited by the Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Engineering, Informatics/Computer Science, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN) so that the international recognition of achievements and exams is facilitated.
The profile of both degrees is scientifically orientated, the academic degrees acquired are the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and the Master of Science (M.Sc.). The standard duration of study is 6 and 4 semesters respectively. Entrance to the Master of Science degree is only possible after acquiring the B.Sc. The bachelor degree always commences in the winter semester, the master degree can be started in the winter semester as well as in the summer semester.
The bachelor degree is equivalent to the degree "Diplom-Informatiker".
Major changes with respect to the "Diplom" degree are the following:
The bachelor degree in Computer Science provides the fundamentals of computer science, is characterized by a scientific orientation and focuses on efficient algorithms, verteilte Informationssysteme and bioinformatics.
The bachelor degree enables graduates to work successfully in their career as it is not restricted to teaching currently valid topics, but deals with theoretically confirmed, basic concepts and methods which go beyond current trends.
Apart from scientific, methodical and technical competences students acquire key qualifications which enable them not only to communicate their ideas and results orally and in written form but also to work successfully in teams.
All lectures aim at familiarizing students with fundamental ways of thinking and work methods used in computer science. These include not only the recognition of fundamental mathematic structures in problems, but also the ability to apply and adjust mathematical methods to problems.
Evidence of prior academic achievement is recognized according to the regulations formulated by the Computer Science Examination Board.
The student receives, together with the recognition certificate with respect to prior academic achievement, a certificate for entry in an advanced semester. Forms for the recognition and entry certificate can be completed electronically. The request is processed by the chairman or deputy chairman of the examination board for informatics upon presentation of a printed version of the relevant achievements.
An application for a change of degree can be made at the Applications and Admissions Office.
The ancillary subject accounts for 13-22 credit points and can be freely chosen as long as sufficient student places are available.
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