Bachelor in Science

General

Program Description

Do you want to shape the future and understand how the universe is built up?

Our understanding of the universe is based on advances made in basic science research over approximately the last 100 years. The core scientific disciplines of math, physics, chemistry and computer science also set the basis for all modern technology. In the interdisciplinary Bachelor's Program in Science, you get to work on the cutting edge of exciting basic research and application development in all of these subjects.

The program offers an interdisciplinary education. During the first half-year, all students receive a foundation in university-level math and basic programming skills. After this, they can choose a specialization study track, with second- and third-year university-level courses offered in math, computer/data science, physics, and chemistry. It is possible to either deepen the studies in one of these study tracks or to combine studies of two or three tracks to get a truly multidisciplinary education.

Kumpula campus, one of the four campuses at the University of Helsinki, is the largest center in the Nordic countries for research in exact natural sciences, and a dynamic study environment with a good sense of community. We put efforts in using a wide variety of teaching methods and developing these continuously. As a student, you get easily involved in research groups and active student organizations.

Why Bach­el­or's Pro­gram in Science?

Our understanding of the universe and all modern technology is based on advances made in scientific research over approximately the last 100 years. The operation of computers and mobile phones relies fully on quantum mechanical principles, and the nature of the matter in the universe has been unveiled by studies in particle physics, astronomy, and cosmology. New exciting discoveries are constantly made and will affect our future. For instance, studies on quantum information combined with the development of new materials are just about to open up the doors for quantum computing, and the analysis by the artificial intelligence of big data will lead to new ways to cure disease.

The Bachelor's Program in Science offers an interdisciplinary education that will enable you to work on the cutting edge of exciting basic research and application development in math, physics, chemistry, and computer/data science.

Struc­ture and con­tent

The Bachelor's Program in Science comprises 180 credits, which can be completed in three years, in accordance with an approved personal study plan. The degree includes:

  • 15-30 credits of mandatory common studies in basic math, basic computer science and statistics
  • 15 credits of transferable skills courses that help in orienting yourself towards working life, and a group work course introducing modern science topics studied at the Faculty
  • 10 credits of language studies, comprising 4 credits of academic English and 6 credits of basic courses in Finnish or Swedish (for students with a matriculation exam from a high school with teaching in Finnish or Swedish, 3 credits of Finnish and 3 credits of Swedish at an advanced level)
  • 60-105 credits of basic and subject study courses
  • 10 credits of a final seminar (4 cr) and bachelor's thesis (6 cr)
  • 35-50 credits of other courses according to your study track and personal study plan

The program includes on the BSc level a thesis of 6 credits, which is a short (about 15–20 pages) literature study on a timely subject written following scientific standards and referencing practice.

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Courses and teach­ing

Bachelor's Program in Science has four study tracks: chemistry, computer and data science, mathematics and physics. 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.

Chemistry

In the chemistry study track, you get an education about the fundamental concepts and modern experimental methods of chemistry, related to an understanding of 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 programs: the Master’s Program in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, the Master’s Program in Materials Research, the Master’s Program in Theoretical and Computational Methods, or the Master’s Program in Atmospheric Sciences. By combining chemistry with mathematics, physics or computer science you can also direct yourself to the master’s programs of those disciplines. After completing the BSc degree, you can also apply to master’s programs in other universities in Finland or abroad.

Com­puter and data science

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.

Mathematics

The mathematics study track emphasizes 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 Program in Life Science Informatics or the Master’s Program in Data Science. Including courses in physics or chemistry allows for studies in the Master’s Program in Theoretical and Computational Methods.

Phys­ics

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 Program in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, the Master’s Program in Materials Research (which includes nanoscience and biophysics) and the Master’s Program in Theoretical and Computational Methods. By combining physics and mathematics studies, you can also direct your studies towards the Master’s Program in Theoretical and Computational Methods, by combining physics and chemistry towards the Master’s Program in Physical Chemistry, and by combining physics and computer science studies towards the Master’s Program in Data Science.

When to ap­ply

The Bachelor's Program in Science has two application periods. The correct application period depends on your previous education. Please note that you cannot select a preferred application period, nor can you submit an application during both application periods.

Have you completed, or will complete by 15 June 2020, one of the following diplomas?

If yes, you are in admission group 2 and must submit your application during the application period between 18 March and 1 April 2020 (application period closes at 15.00 local Helsinki time). The admission is based on the matriculation examination or equivalent.

If not, you are in admission group 1 and must submit your application during the application period between 3 December 2019 and 10 January 2020. The admission is based on the scores of SAT Subject Tests.

You cannot select the application period of your preference although you would have two certificates. For example, holders of the Finnish matriculation examination certificate must always apply during the application period for admission group 2.

How to ap­ply

When the correct application period for you starts, you must submit your application online at the Finnish national application portal Studyinfo. Please note that the online application form is open and can be submitted only during the application periods.

  • Read the application instructions at Studyinfo carefully.
  • Both application processes (Admission group 1 and admission group 2) are separate from the Finnish national joint application admissions process. This means that, if you wish, you can apply for another study place also in the Finnish national joint application process for higher education in spring 2020. Then you may be offered more than one study place. However, you can only accept one study place leading to a higher education degree starting the same term.
  • Complete your online application carefully. The application form is available only during the application period at Studyinfo, on the right-hand side of the page.
  • Once you have submitted your online application form, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure that you have received the confirmation message within 24 hours of sending the application.
  • Remember to include the required application enclosures to your online application form at Studyinfo or submit them according to the instructions by the application deadline.
  • An applicant who has not proven his or her eligibility by submitting the required enclosures as instructed cannot be admitted to the program.
  • You can access your online application form and related application enclosure requests at Studyinfo by logging in to My Studyinfo.

Tuition fees

Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries, who do not have permanent residence status in the area and pursue their studies in English, are liable to pay tuition fees. You can check from FAQ at the Studyinfo website whether or not you are required to pay tuition fees.

Last updated November 2019

About the School

The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught entirely in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of full-time study. ... Read More

The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of Master’s Degree Programmes, taught entirely in English. The scope of our programmes is 120 ECTS credits, completed with two years of full-time study. All programmes comply with the national legislation governing university education and are, therefore, recognised globally. Read less