Computer Science lies at the core of all modern industries, as computer systems and information technology are the basis for almost all of today’s production processes. Computer technology changes constantly, but some fundamental principles are underlying these technologies. The Computer Science program at Constructor University focuses on understanding these principles and their application in practice. In addition to courses dealing with core competencies (programming, software engineering, foundations of computer science), you will cover mathematics (calculus, linear algebra, and statistics) and take courses in engineering and sciences while conducting guided research. Study Computer Science at one of the world’s top-ranked universities (THE Ranking and THE Young University Ranking 2021, CHE Ranking) with excellent career options in top tech companies.
The undergraduate program at Constructor University is a three-year, 180-credit-point program designed to prepare students for a wide range of career paths.
The “4C Model” is the program's backbone, with disciplinary content grouped into three themes according to study years: CHOICE-CORE-CAREER. Additionally, the “CONSTRUCTOR Track”, an integral part of the program, runs parallel throughout the program. It provides students with multidisciplinary content and essential skills such as argumentation, data visualization, societal engagement, and communication.
The curriculum allows students to tailor their education to their goals and to explore different fields of study, with the flexibility to change their major within the first year. Moreover, the programs include a mandatory internship and a study-abroad opportunity in the fifth semester to provide students with hands-on experience and a global perspective.
The ﬁrst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. CS Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of various study programs, of which 15-30 CP will be from their intended major.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
CS students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules (30 CP) in their first year of study:
- CHOICE Module: Programming in C and C++ (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Algorithms and Data Structures (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Computer Science (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems (7.5 CP)
The first two modules, Programming in C and C++ and Algorithms and Data Structures, introduce students to imperative and object-oriented programming and basic algorithms and data structures. The Introduction to Computer Science module discusses abstract and concrete notions of computing machines and algorithms and the representation of information. Students are also exposed to a purely functional programming language. The Introduction to Robotics and Intelligent Systems module discusses the interaction of computers with the physical world and lays the foundation for intelligent systems.
Students can select the remaining CHOICE modules (15 CP) in the first year of studies according to interest and allow a change of major up until the beginning of the second year when the major choice becomes fixed.
In their second year, students take modules totaling 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speciﬁc CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students' critical understanding of their major's key theories, principles, and methods at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
CS students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
- CORE Module: Databases and Web Services (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Software Engineering (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Operating Systems (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Automata, Computability, and Complexity (7.5 CP)
Students decide to complement their studies by taking the discipline-specific mandatory elective CORE modules (15 CP):
- CORE Module: Computer Networks (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Computer Science (2.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Secure and Dependable Systems (5 CP)
- CORE Module: Academic Skills in Computer Science (2.5 CP)
Or substitute these modules with CORE modules from a second field of studies with the aim to pursue a minor.
Students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation during their third year. In addition, students take a mandatory summer internship to explore available choices fitting individual interests and gain professional experience.
The 5th semester also opens a mobility window for comprehensive study-abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering students' research experience by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
CS students take 15 CP from major-specific and major-related advanced Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge of the current state of research in areas of their choice.
CS students can choose from the following Specialization Modules:
- Specialization: Computer Graphics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (5 CP)
- Specialization: Image Processing (5 CP)
- Specialization: Distributed Algorithms (5 CP)
- Specialization: Parallel and Distributed Computing (5 CP)
- Specialization: Web Application Development (5 CP)
- CORE: Artificial Intelligence (5 CP)
- CORE: Robotics (5 CP)
- CORE: Machine Learning (5 CP)
- CORE: Computer Vision (5 CP)
- Specialization: Digital Design (5 CP)
- CORE: Information Theory (5 CP)
As part of Constructor University's commitment to student employability, all students are required to participate in a mandatory two-month internship of 15 CP that will usually be completed during the summer between the second and third year of study. It provides students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience in a professional setting, allowing them to apply their knowledge and understanding to a professional context, reflect on the relevance of their major to employment and society, and gain professional guidance. As an alternative to the full-time internship, students interested in setting up their own company can apply for a start-up option to focus on the development of their business plan.
The CONSTRUCTOR Track is another important feature of Constructor University’s educational model. The Constructor Track runs orthogonal to the disciplinary CHOICE, CORE, and CAREER modules across all study years and is an integral part of all undergraduate study programs. It provides an intellectual tool kit for lifelong learning and encourages the use of diverse methodologies to approach cross-disciplinary problems. The CONSTRUCTOR track contains Methods, New Skills and German Language and Humanities modules.
Methods and skills such as mathematics, statistics, programming, data handling, presentation skills, academic writing, and scientific and experimental skills are offered to all students as part of the Methods area in their curriculum. The modules that are specifically assigned to each study programs equip students with transferable academic skills. They convey and practice specific methods that are indispensable for each students’ chosen study program. Students are required to take 20 CP in the Methods area. The size of all Methods modules is 5 CP.
To pursue Computer Science as a major, the following Methods modules (20 CP) need to be taken as mandatory modules:
- Methods Module: Calculus and Elements of Linear Algebra I (m, 5 CP)
- Methods Module: Calculus and Elements of Linear Algebra II (m, 5 CP)
- Methods Module: Probability and Random Processes (m, 5 CP)
Students who have a strong mathematical background can also choose Matrix Algebra & Advanced Calculus I and II (me, 5 CP each) instead of Calculus and Elements of Linear Algebra I and II.
For the remaining 5 CP CS students can choose between the Methods modules
- Methods: Numerical Methods (me, 5 CP)
and the Mathematics, Modeling and Data Analytics CORE module:
- CORE Module: Discrete Mathematics (me, 5 CP)
New Skills Modules
This part of the curriculum constitutes an intellectual and conceptual tool kit that cultivates the capacity for a particular set of intellectual dispositions including curiosity, imagination, critical thought, and transferability. It nurtures a range of individual and societal capacities, such as self-reflection, argumentation and communication. Finally, it introduces students to the normative aspects of inquiry and research, including the norms governing sourcing, sharing, withholding materials and research results as well as others governing the responsibilities of expertise as well as the professional point of view. Students in this study program are required to take the following modules in their second and third year:
- New Skills Module: Logic (m, 2.5 CP)
- New Skills Module: Causation and Correlation (m, 2.5 CP)
- New Skills Module: Argumentation, Data Visualization and Communication (m, 5 CP)
Furthermore, they must choose either
- New Skills Module: Linear Model/Matrices (me, 5 CP) or
- New Skills Module: Complex Problem Solving (me, 5 CP)
as well one of the following modules:
- New Skills Module: Agency, Leadership and Accountability (me, 5 CP) or
- New Skills Module: Community Impact Project (me, 5 CP).
German Language and Humanities Modules
German language abilities foster students’ intercultural awareness and enhance their employability in their host country. They are also beneficial for securing mandatory internships (between the 2nd and 3rd year) in German companies and academic institutions. Constructor University supports its students in acquiring basic as well as advanced German skills in the first year of the Constructor Track. Non-native speakers of German are encouraged to take 2 German modules (2.5 CP each), but are not obliged to do so. Native speakers and other students not taking advantage of this offering take alternative modules in Humanities in each of the first two semesters.
The curriculum of the study program is outlined in the schematic study plan:
Computer science is one of the critical disciplines of the 21st century and affects almost all modern industries. Consequently, the possible career paths are extensive for graduates with a computer science degree. Many of our graduating students find jobs at top tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.
This study program is part of the School of Computer Science & Engineering.
The School of Computer Science and Engineering focuses on research and development in information, communication, and production technologies, intelligent and autonomous systems, as well as the flow of goods.
Key disciplines in the school include Computer Science, Robotics, and Electrical Engineering.
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