Bachelor in Informatics
The Bachelor of Science in Informatics (with concentration in Information Systems) is a three-year program (180 credits ECTS). It is mainly taught in German.This program is currently ramping up, having admitted students since fall 2004 and expecting the first graduates in 2007.The figure below summarizes the curriculum. The detailed course structure of the program is laid out in the appendices I and II of the study regulations (Studienordnung für den Bachelor of Science in Informatik Richtung Wirtschaftsinformatik an der Universität Zürich, in German).In the assessment year, the students acquire basic knowledge in Informatics, Business Administration, and Mathematics. All courses are compulsory. At least 90% of the credits in the assessment year must be acquired before a student is admitted to the junior and senior year courses. In the junior and senior years, the students acquire 60 credits in compulsory courses in Informatics, Business Administration, Economics, and Mathematics. The remaining courses (60 credits) are option courses, a Bachelor's thesis and courses that may be chosen more or less freely.The degree awarded is a Bachelor of Science (University of Zurich) in Informatics with concentration in Information Systems.
The Bachelor's program in Informatics is open for students holding a Swiss Matura degree or a comparable high school degree. Applicants must be fluent in German. For prerequisites and application procedures of the University please click here.
Most Bachelors' programs at European universities are three-year programs, while the programs in the US and Canada take four years. Nevertheless, the academic level achieved in Europe can be considered equivalent to that of the USA and Canada. This is due to the fact that American and Canadian Bachelor's programs comprise a considerable percentage of general education courses in the first two years, while in European programs, there are no or nearly no such courses. Students are expected to have a sufficient level of knowledge in general education topics when they enter a Bachelor's program.