Mathematics

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaScience
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations

Presentation

Mathematics is a continuously evolving ancient discipline, developing abstract knowledge through inductive and deductive methods. The richness and variety of mathematical questions originate from the formalization of innumerable problems arising in various contexts. Some of these are well-known and have been studied for centuries. New mathematical problems (which are no less interesting) arise with increasing frequency from Mathematics itself as well as from Natural Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences), Engineering, Medicine, Economics and Social Sciences. In the whole world Mathematics contributes to the cultural awareness of students of every age. The three-year degree in Mathematics provides a sound basic knowledge in all areas of Mathematics, a strong acquaintance with the scientific method, along with computer and language skills. The program trains students to develop a high capability for synthesis and abstraction. The demand for such skills is very high in both public and private research organizations, in industry, banking, finance, insurance and in all fields involving high technology. This backbone is also fundamental for those wishing to specialize in teaching and learning methodologies and to work in the field of mathematical education.

Course content

The program provides a thorough study of some of the main areas of Mathematics: Algebra, Geometry, Mathematical Analysis, Probability Theory, Numerical Analysis. Courses in Physics and Computer Science are also required. Additional language and computational training is achieved through laboratory activities. A reasonable portion of the courses is chosen by the students within a given range of possibilities. Students can therefore model their own learning profile to a good extent. The choices include courses introducing to scientific research as well as courses covering topics in the foundations of mathematics, which are mainly directed to prospective teachers. Courses focusing on applied mathematics are aimed at developing analytic and problem-solving skills. Instruction is mainly based on the logical-deductive method, which allows students to gain independent and critical-thinking skills, as well as other mathematical abilities. Through laboratory practice and the final thesis, students have the opportunity to further develop and refine their abilities and interests.

Career options

The first degree in Mathematics may continue with: i) a second degree in Mathematics based on a two-year program, focused on applied mathematics or scientific research or mathematical education; ii) a short vocational Master (one year duration), mainly oriented to mathematical applications. As far as employment opportunities are concerned, approximately half of the Mathematics graduates work as Mathematics teachers or as experts in the dissemination of science. The remaining half are mainly involved in highly qualified technical or professional support activities in industry, finance, services and public administration. As a matter of fact, employers strongly appreciate and hire Mathematics graduates (even those holding a first degree alone) because they are capable of synthesis and abstraction, they are good at finding innovative solutions to problems, they have computational skills and knowledge of computer science.

More information

Course Director
prof. Arrigo Bonisoli
tel. 059 205 5591 - fax 059 205 5216
e-mail arrigo.bonisoli@unimore.it
Tutor
prof. Arrigo Bonisoli
tel. 059 205 5591/5182/5717 & - fax fax. 059 205 5216
e-mail arrigo.bonisoli@unimore.it

The course is managed by the Department of Physics, Informatics and Mathematics