Administrative requirements for the Bachelor in Mathematics
For admission to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, you need one of the following qualifications:
- federal or Swiss-recognized maturity certificate;
- a Swiss Federal VET baccalaureate certificate, together with the proof of the supplementary examinations (DE / FR) offered by the Swiss Baccalaureate Examination Commission “Passerelle” (University Aptitude Test);
- a diploma from a Swiss university of applied sciences and arts;
- another equivalent Swiss certificate of education in accordance with Appendix A of the Admissions Regulations (DE / FR);
- an equivalent foreign certificate of education in accordance with Appendix B of the Admissions Regulations (DE / FR).
Mathematics level expected for admission
Building the fundaments of mathematical education takes time, and getting used to mathematical ways of argumentation also requires a lot of practice and discussion. Thus, the initial phase requires particular endurance and patience, before the students get used to abstract mathematical formalism and argumentation. This can be particularly challenging in an online setting. UniDistance Suisse therefore supports this process with direct contact between the students and between teaching assistants, professor, and students, as well as a more practically oriented first semester.
Previous knowledge in mathematics
The required knowledge in mathematics corresponds to the level of the Swiss Federal Matura. Students who have taken a scientific Matura course are particularly well prepared. For your information, here is a list of subjects that are considered acquired before the beginning of the studies:
- Basic knowledge of algebra and geometry [including: literal calculus, polynomials, equations and inequations, systems of equations, powers and roots, logarithms, exponentials, Pythagoras' theorem, Thales' theorem, areas, volumes, trigonometry in the right triangle, trigonometric circle].
- Functions [characteristics of "usual" functions (affine, quadratic, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, elementary trigonometric)].
- Limits and asymptotes.
- Differential calculus (derivative number, calculations with derivation rules, first derivative and growth, optimization problems, study of "usual" functions).
- Integral calculus (primitives, calculations of definite integrals, area calculations).
- Vector and analytical geometry (vectors in the plane and the space; bases and components; norm of a vector; scalar product; equations of lines and planes)
- Elements of descriptive statistics (measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion).
- Probability (combinatorial analysis; probability calculations; conditional probabilities; Bayes' theorem; Bernoulli's law and binomial law random variables).
If you have gaps in any of the subjects and would like to prepare yourself as well as possible before the beginning of your studies, we encourage you to take our preparatory course consisting of a script, exercises and answers. The course is available to all registered students on moodle.
Admission without grammar/high school baccalaureate
Admission by written application and entrance examination for people who do not fulfil our terms and conditions of admission is being planned for the BSc in Mathematics but has not yet been implemented. You can find more detailed information in the section Admission without Baccalaureate (DE / FR).
Knowledge of languages
The language of instruction for the course is English. A good knowledge of this language is therefore essential. Assistance is provided at the start of the course. From a language point of view, mathematics textbooks in a foreign language are generally fairly easy to understand.
Foreign certificates of education
The terms and conditions of admission specific to individual countries can be found in Appendix B of the Admissions Regulations (DE / FR) and in the Admission and Registration section. It is important to remember that, as well as the necessary certificate of education, the additional terms and conditions of admission listed must also be met.
Anyone who, as a result of failing to pass examinations, has been excluded finally from further studies in a comparable course at a Swiss or foreign university or higher education institution cannot be admitted to this course of study at UniDistance Suisse.
Equivalent academic credits, which have been achieved at universities or higher education institutions, can be transferred, provided that they are judged to be equivalent in terms of scope and content, are suitable for the level, were achieved no longer than five years ago and were completed with a satisfactory grade. The relevant grade is included in the grading.
A minimum of 120 of the 180 ECTS points required for the Bachelor’s degree must be obtained at UniDistance Suisse. Where there are prior achievements, an appropriate application should be made during the online registration.
Taking individual modules
Do you fulfil the admission requirements but would like to take only one or two modules?
UniDistance Suisse offers you this possibility for one semester. Our Student Managers will be pleased to provide information and advise you on the choice of possible modules.