Study tracks and courses

Bachelor's programme in Science has the following four study tracks.

  • Mathematics
  • Computer and data science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

You can select any of these study tracks according to your preferences at the beginning of your studies. The track determines which courses you should take.

In the chemistry study track, you get an education about the fundamental concepts and modern experimental methods of chemistry, related to an understanding of the nature and the role of science and new technologies in society in the future. Bioeconomics, circular economy, novel energy sources, food production, clean water and air, as well as health care set challenges that require a strong knowledge of chemistry.

After the common basic and subject studies (60 cr), you can choose courses that start to direct your studies towards one of the optional chemistry-related master's programmes: the Master’s Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, the Master’s Programme in Materials Research, the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, or the Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences. 

By combining chemistry with mathematics, physics or computer science you can also direct yourself to the master’s programmes of those disciplines. After completing the BSc degree, you can also apply to master’s programmes in other universities in Finland or abroad.

The students in the study track of computer and data science acquire the skills to build modern software both by doing hands-on exercises and projects and by studying the fundamental ideas underlying how computers work and how they can be used efficiently. They also get an introduction to the new possibilities created by artificial intelligence and the analysis of large masses of data.

Studies in mathematics are a necessary foundation for the more advanced concepts in computer science, in particular going beyond the bachelor's level. Students graduating from the study track of computer and data science can continue in the Master's Programme in Computer Science or the Master's Programme in Data Science.

The mathematics study track emphasises mathematics as a science of its own. It offers an introduction both to the key concepts and methods of modern mathematics as well as a wider view on the exact world of mathematics, studying exactly defined concepts and the properties and relationships that emerge among these. The study track offers a good grounding for continued studies in mathematics on the master's and doctoral levels.

Depending on the optional studies chosen, the track directs the students towards either the world of pure mathematics, with research questions arising from within mathematical theories, or towards applied mathematics where mathematical tools are used to solve questions arising in other areas such as the physical world around us.

The study track gives the required prerequisites for continuing studies in the Master's Programme in Mathematics and Statistics. Including studies in statistics or computer science also makes the student eligible to continue in the Master’s Programme in Life Science Informatics or the Master’s Programme in Data Science. Including courses in physics or chemistry allows for studies in the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods.

In the physics study track, you get an education about the classical and quantum mechanical foundations of modern physics, and a view on how this knowledge relates to the modern understanding of the nature of the universe and new technologies.

After the common basic and subject studies (60 cr), you can choose courses that start to direct the studies towards one of the master's programmes in which you can continue: the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, the Master’s Programme in Materials Research (which includes nanoscience and biophysics) and the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods.

By combining physics and mathematics studies, you can also direct your studies towards the Master’s Programme in Theoretical and Computational Methods, by combining physics and chemistry towards the Master’s Programme in Physical Chemistry, and by combining physics and computer science studies towards the Master’s Programme in Data Science.