Computer Science (Joint Bachelor of Arts)
|Degree: Joint Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: See the internship regulations and the Praktikumsbörse (internship exchange).|
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; certified skills in German and English must be proven; further information|
|Admission Procedure: unrestricted|
|Part-time Degree: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
Degree Programme Structure
The Joint Bachelor of Arts is an interdisciplinary programme at the TU Darmstadt. It consists of the studies of two different subjects/components. At least one of the two subjects has to be chosen from the programmes of the Department of History and Social Sciences.
The folloging subjects can be chosen as first component:
- Digital Philology
- German Studies (Germanistik)
- History (Geschichte)
- Musical Culture (Musikalische Kultur)
- Philosophy (Philosophie)
- Political Science (Politikwissenschaft)
- Sociology (Soziologie)
As second component, the subjects named under “first component” can be chosen and, additionally:
- Computer Science (Informatik)
- Sports Science (Sportwissenschaft)
- Business Administration and Economics.
That means, the latter three subjects (Computer Science, Sports Science, Business Administration and Economics) cannot be combined with each other.
The combination of two subjects provides students with the opportunity to create an interdisciplinary course of study. The students can also obtain cross-subject knowledge or knowledge from a different subject by means of internships, excursions, language courses, etc. An interdisciplinary specialisation is not required until the Master of Arts programme.
The Joint Bachelor of Arts consists of the studies of two different subjects/components.
The component Computer Science addresses the systematic processing of information using computers. Closely related to mathematics in its formal fundamentals, it is also an engineering discipline that has developed out of a need for fast and reliable calculations of all sorts.
As Computer Science represents only one component of the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the Computer Science content is correspondingly smaller than within the Bachelor of Science programme Computer Science. The component is thus limited to more restricted fundamentals of the subject and only plans for a small-scale specialisation in the specific areas of Computer Science taught at TU Darmstadt, the so-called canon of 8 areas of specialisation.
Advice for Prospective J.B.A. Students
Computer Science is a modern form of solving problems and an interface science at the same time, as practically no modern area of life can function without Computer Science- be it in automotive and mechanical engineering, in the financial industry, or in bio and medical engineering.
Due to a close connection to mathematics and logic, the Computer Science programme is suitable for everyone who has a basic understanding of logical, systems-oriented, and complex questions. Existing experience with programming languages or data structures is advantageous but not a requirement for admission.
An interest in mathematics is absolutely essential for a successful course of study, as mathematical contents make up a large proportion of the programme within this component, as well.
Mathematics – Why? What? What for? Who? How? Where? Further information? You will find answers to these questions here.
Merely enjoying “working with computers” can be useful in some cases; however, past experience has shown that it does not always suffice for pursuing a degree.
As the area of application of software and information technology is practically unlimited, Computer Science experts can be employed in a variety of different companies and sectors. Therefore, they must be willing and able to think in an interdisciplinary way for which in turn good communication skills are required.
Not only the programmes, research, and teaching at the TU Darmstadt Department of Informatics are strongly internationally oriented – the entire industry is defined by it. Thus, proficient English language skills are important and must be proven at the latest when registering for the last subject exam of the programme.
Furthermore, students should be open to working in an autodidactic manner, as they are required to work on solutions to problems independently throughout their course of studies as well as in their future working life.
The Computer Science component allows the students to give their studies of the humanities or social sciences a special touch particularly for career perspectives outside of the classic humanistic fields of activity.
Related Degree Programmes
Computational Engineering (CE) (B.Sc.) |
|Computer Science (B.Ed.) (Informatik, B.Ed.)|
|Computer Science (B.Sc.) (Informatik, B.Ed.)|
|Computer Science (LaG) (Informatik, Lehramt an Gymnasien)|
|Information Systems Technology (iST) (B.Sc.) (Informationssystemtechnik, B.Sc.)|
|Psychology in IT (B.Sc.) (Psychologie in IT)|
|Business Information Systems (WINF) (B.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsinformatik, B.Sc.)|
General Information: With the Joint Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire a first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. For further information and in cases of doubt, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Computer Science (M.Sc.) (Informatik, M.Sc.)|
Today, Computer Science play an increasingly important role in research and development as operational procedures can no longer be developed and optimised without software solutions. As a result, the opportunities for computer scientists on the labor market are promising: the demand for them is rising. While most of them are in regular employment, there is also a number of self-employed computer scientists. Graduates can find employment in companies of nearly all industries, in public administration, and in research. There, they develop, programme, and modify hard and software programmes in particular in connection with complex information, communication and control systems.
Computer scientists examine, for instance, existing IT systems for their security and effectiveness. In particular, they apply their knowledge and skills to IT project management. Another one of their tasks is the realisation of new software projects in the form of technical reproduction of administrative tasks and production control. Developing databases and web-based information systems may also be part of their job description.
In times of global networking, the security of information technology is gaining importance. The Center for Advanced Security Research, CASED, in Darmstadt addresses issues regarding IT security.
For this reason, it is important in any case to start gaining practical work experience in relevant organisations early in the degree programme. This way, students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Berufsverband Selbständige in der Informatik e.V. (Association of Self-employed Persons in Informatics)
Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (German Informatics Society (GI))