General information for students in Mathematics BSc
The aim of BSc studies is to prepare the students for the Masters courses both in pure and applied mathematics. The so called Bologna system started in 2006 at our university. This system makes possible to take courses at other universities in the European Union.
The language of teaching is Hungarian. However, there is a program for international students in English, assembled from our BSc courses. On the same page you can find information on the Mathematics MSc courses, which are also offered in English.
The list of all BSc courses
Here (as well as in the menu above) you can find the description of all the courses: syllabus, literature, prerequisites, requirements, number of credits. Courses can be compulsory, optional or recommended. One semester consists of 13 study weeks and an examination period. The semesters given in the table are only recommendations: you can do the courses in other semesters, too, assuming that you meet all the prerequisites.
You have to select a specialization after completing the core courses (during the first two semesters).
- Pure mathematics. Gives a deep introduction into theoretical mathematics. Prepares for graduate studies in pure mathematics, with a Ph. D. school in sight, and to a career in mathematical research. A high degree of problem solving talent is required to complete the courses. If your interests point to a different direction (informatics, theoretical financial mathematics, physics), but you feel that you need very deep foundations in mathematics, then this specialization is also for you.
- Applied mathematics. The courses have a practical orientation, the theoretical material is smaller than in pure mathematics courses, and is dominated by the requirements of the main applications. This specialization is for students who are interested in developing creative applications, which involve mathematics.
After completing all six semesters, you get a diploma of BSc in Mathematics.
Form of education
There are lectures and practice classes, possibly in a computer laboratory. For a given course, the lectures and the practice classes have different enrollment criteria, they have separate grades (and separate course codes). The practice classes are organized in small groups of approximately 20 students. Their main objective is to help you understand the theoretical material via problem solving.
During the office hours (two hours per week) the instructors can help you with your questions concerning the material of the given course. Many teachers are also willing to answer questions in email, or give additional opportunities for discussions.
Exams and tests
Normally two midterm tests determine your grade. The requirements may also include preparing homework assignments.
From the theoretical material there is an exam in the examination period, which can be a combination of an oral exam and a written test.
In order to enroll in a course you have to meet its prerequisites. There are two types:
- Course X is a strong prerequisite of course Y, if X must be completed before enrolling in Y.
- Course X is a weak prerequisite of course Y, if X must be completed successfully before completing course Y, but you can enroll in them during the same semester. For example, the practice class of each course is a weak prerequisite of the lecture of the same course (you have to get a passing grade from the practice class in order to take the exam).
Each course has a code of 9 characters or more. The 5. character is 1 for lectures and 2 for practice classes. Character 8 is the recommended semester. The 9. character is m for pure math courses and a for applied math courses. For example, the code mm1c2an3a means the practice class of Analysis 3 in the third semester.
The purpose of the thesis is to give you an opportunity to delve deeply into a mathematical subject with the help of a supervisor. In applied mathematics, this can also be a computer project for some practical application.
Final comprehensive exam
This oral exam is at the end of your BSc studies. Its main objective is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate to the examination committee the view of mathematics you acquired. As a part of this exam, you have to defend your BSc thesis.