The Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics covers 180 credits spread out over 3 years. It provides a solid framework that will enable students to deal with mathematics and its applications in their full diversity (economics, finance, computer science, physics, biostatistics...). These three years are he first step leading to the Master's programme in Mathematics.
The first year begins with the course "Basic Mathematics". It will give you an in-depth review of the notions dealt with in secondary school, familiarise you with the demands of university education and will force you to adopt a working method that will serve you throughout your studies as well as in your working life. This course is the fruit of more than 15 years' experience supporting first-generation UMONS students (*).
The rest of the first year and the next two years are structured around a set of common core courses in mathematics. They include:
Learning mathematics requires a great amount of individual work, so all the courses have accompanying exercise sessions. Also, the timetable is designed with numerous free hours for students to "digest" the material they have seen. Small group projects increase students' self-reliance and problem-solving ability. These qualities are extremely important in research and teaching, as well as in the industrial world. After all, beyond the mathematician's knowledge of maths, he has to find new, rigourous solutions for complex situations, whether they are abstract or tangible, that represent an interest for business.
Mathematics is approached in relation to the sciences and technology. Historically, mathematics has always been closely tied to physics. But today it is having an increasing importance for biology, chemistry and numerous technologies. Computer science, whose founding concepts were invented by mathematicians, brings up many issues that require expertise in mathematics. Likewise, computer science has enriched the scope of mathematics and offers new means of investigation and proof. In this perspective, the Bachelor's programme includes a "minor" field, either physics or computer science.
In third year, students may also choose "applied probabilities", which naturally leads to finance and insurance but also, for example, to biostatistics.
Finally, since English is the unavoidable language of international scientific exchange, courses in this language are included in the second year of this programme. Further improvement is possible in third year if you spend a year abroad.
At the end of this programme, students will be able to:
The Bachelor's programme will also give students experience in preparing and presenting spoken and written documents.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics does not lead directly to employability. Most holders of this degree continue their studies up to a Master’s Degree in the field of mathematics.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, students can continue on to a Master's programme in the field of mathematics at UMONS or any university of their choice.
President of the Institute of Mathematics: Christophe TROESTLER