The B.Sc. is a 3-year degree (sometimes extended to 4 years) providing a rigorous introduction to classical and modern mathematics. During the degree, students acquire the skills needed to undertake careers outside academia, or to continue to advanced degrees in mathematics.
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Admissions to is based on a combination of high-school matriculation grades (Bagrut) and the psychometric exam grade. Exceptional cases may be admitted by other criteria. It is recommended, but not required, to have completed five units of mathematics in high-school. See below on options for those transferring from other institutions.<embed>
Transferring from other institutions
Students who have studied at other institutions of higher education (including the open university may apply through the usual application process. Once accepted, they may apply for credit for courses they have already taken. Approval of such requests is subject to conditions that the grades meet a certain threshold and that the courses are analogous to courses offered at HUJI. Requests for credit should be submitted to the faculty office of student affairs (and not to the math department).
For students who studied at the open university, a special arrangement for transfering to the Hebrew Univeristy is available.
Students who have completed a full year in another institution can apply directly to the second (or third) years of the B.Sc. program. Admission is considered on a case-by-case basis and requires that the courses already taken by the student fulfill the requirements of the first year of study at the Hebrew University, and that the student achieved sufficiently high grades in them.
Transferring to\from other departments
Several options exist for studying mathematics as part of a B.Sc.
- Standard track and Extended track in mathematics. These degrees are for students whose main focus of study is mathematics. The extended option differs from the standard one by requiring that a higher percentage of course credits come from math courses. In the standard option students must take a minor sequence ("Hativa") from another department.
- Joint degree with another department. This option is for students who wish to combine a degree in mathematics with a degree from another department. Many departments offer such an option, among them physics, computer science, cognitive science, environmental studies, economics, and statistics.
- Mathematics with teaching certification. This combines one of the degree options above with teacher_training. Upon graduation, students are eligible for a degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate from the ministry of education. This program includes additional course requirements, and offers special financial support.
- Mathematics as a minor sequence ("Hativa BeMatematika"). Students studiying for a degree in another department may take this shorter course sequence, which gives a comprehensive introduction to university-level mathematics. Note that this option does not lead to a degree in mathematics, and does not provide a path to a graduate degree in mathematics.
Graduating a B.Sc in mathematics requires successfully collecting 134 course credits. In general each semestrial lecture hour is worth one unit of credit. In the regular track at least 77 of these credits should be awarded for mathematical courses, while in the extended track, at least 93 mathematical credits are required.
Mathematical courses are divided into three categories:
- Required mathematics courses. The core curriculum which must be taken by all mathematics students.
- Semi-required mathematics courses. This is a list of eight core courses, out of which the students must take 6 (extended track) or 3 (regular track and most joint degrees). All of these must be studied in order to be admitted into a masters degree in mathematics.
- Electives in mathematics. All other mathematic courses fall into this category, as do a small number of courses in other departments