Several options exist for studying mathematics as part of a B.Sc.
All degree tracks require a combination of mathematics and other courses, and differ primarily in the balance between these copmonents. The mathematics component is all tracks is roughly the same, differing in the number of elective courses students must take:
All B.Sc. tracks also require some credits from other departments, including at least a computer programming course and some courses from the Cornerstone interdisciplinary program. Students in the regular track must take a minor sequence from another department. The teacher training program and Joint degrees with other departments have their own requirements.
For detailed information see here.
One course credit is roughly equal to one classroom-hour per week over a period of one semester (for each credit, students should also budget at least one hour of work at home). The B.Sc. program in mathematics requires that students complete a total of
out of which
In most degree tracks X=134, though some joint tracks require more.
In the extended track Y=93, in the regular track Y=77, and the teacher training track has corresponding requirements. In most other degree variants, Y is between 62 and 70, please consult the specific program for details.
Courses of the following type count towards the required number Y of course credits from mathematics.
All degree tracks require that some credits be taken in other departments. These credits do not count towards the total Y of credits from mathematics courses.
The requirements include:
After reahing the required number Y of credits from math courses and completing requirements in other departments, students may need further credits to reach the total X needed for their degree. These can be fulfilled either from mathematics courses, or from courses in other departments.
A few restrictions apply: for example, you cannot get credit for two essentially equivalent courses given by different departments. If in doubt, please check the degree track regulations or consult the student affairs office.
The tables below describe a typical course schedule for students starting a B.Sc. in mathematics in the fall semester. Please note:
Year 1 | |
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Semester A | Semester B |
* Infinitescimal calculus 1 (80131) | * Infinitescimal calculus 2 (80132) |
* Linear algebra 1 (80134) | * Linear algebra 2 (80135) |
* Discrete Mathematics (80181) | |
* Introduction to library resources (76411) * Computer programming course (see list) - may be postponed to year 2. Strong students may take an additional elective course, e.g. Elementary number theory (80115) or Set theory (80200), or one of the first year physics courses. Note that, with the exception of set theory, these courses will give credit as mathematics courses only if taken in the first year of study. |
Year 2 | |
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Semester A | Semester B |
* Advanced infinitescimal calculus 1 (80135) | * Advanced infinitescimal calculus 2 (80136) |
* Algebraic structures 1 (80445) | * Algebraic structures 2 (80446) |
^ Probability theory (80420) | ^ Set theory (80200) |
^ Introductio to logic (80423) | ^ Introduction to topology (80516) |
* Cornersone courses (may also be taken in 3rd year). * (regular track only) Minor studies in another department (may be postponed to year 3, depending on the course sequence). Elective courses in mathematics (please consult the current list). |
Year 3 | |
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Semester A | Semester B |
^ Measure theory (80517) | ^ Ordinary Differential Equations (80320) |
^ Complex analysis (80519) | |
* Cornersone courses. * (regular track only) Minor studies in another department. Elective courses in mathematics or other departments (please check the current offerings). Undergraduate seminar and/or problem solving semianr |
Year 1 Required courses
Year 2 required courses
Semi-required (Students must take between 3 and 6 of them depending on degree track. All must be completed to pursue an M.Sc. in mathematics)
Other math department courses
These vary by year, please check this years offerings.
Courses whose credits can count as mathematics courses (please check with the specific program for details):
Courses with special conditions
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.
For more details of our admissions policy see here.
For more on the registration process, see here.
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.
The first encounter with university-level mathematics can be challenging, even for students who excelled in mathematics in high-school. In part this is because students arrive after a prolonged period away from academic study. But it is also because high-school mathematics is too often taught by rote and with a focus on calculation, while university mathematics is more rapid, more rigorous, and more conceptual (and, yes, plain harder !). It requires an entirely different frame of mind, which takes time to acquire.
In order to make the transition easier, we strongly recommend ample preparation. The mathematics department provides several ways to prepare