DSAI Bachelor’s Degree Program
at Saarland University
Bachelor’s Degree Program
in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) at Saarland University
„The Department of Computer Science is one of the four best in Germany.“
Shape the digital future
Artificial intelligence is gaining more and more importance in our everyday life – from digital language assistants like Siri and Alexa, to online shopping, to autonomous driving. Data analysis is also becoming established in medicine for early prognoses of diseases. Therefore, quantities of digital data are growing immensely, and must be handled with greater computing power, solutions from artificial intelligence, and new algorithms. The Department of Computer Science offers you the opportunity to develop these skills in a renowned environment and to study in an interdisciplinary way.
Study computer science in tune with the times
Do you want to help shape the digital future, acquaint yourself with trendsetting technologies, and maybe even make an important contribution to society? Then the new Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) computer science degree program is exactly right for you: as a part of the Saarland Informatics Campus (SIC), everything at Saarland University revolves around computer science!
Top career prospects
With a Data Science and Artificial Intelligence bachelor’s degree, many doors will open for you: By 2023, Germany will need around half a million data experts. Whether in the automotive, energy or healthcare industries, not only IT companies but also government institutions, banks or industry are recruiting competent junior staff – worldwide! Best of all, after the bachelor’s degree, a place in the master’s program at Saarland University is guaranteed.
Facts about the bachelor’s degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Registration: August 1 to September 30 (for the following winter semester) / March 1 to 29 (summer semester)
- Usual program length: 6 semesters
- No enrollment restrictions
- No programming knowledge required
- Lectures are held in German and English
- Individual supervision and mentoring
- Leading European location in the field of data science and artificial intelligence
- Top places in the CHE ranking
- Guaranteed placement in the master’s program
- Our own graduate school
The bachelor’s degree program Data Science and Artificial Intelligence prepares you in a comprehensive way for the challenges of the digital future. An extremely exciting career and research field awaits you!
- Autonomous driving
- Digital language assistants
- Industrial automation
- Artificial intelligence for games
- Chatbots in marketing and media
- Warning systems for impending natural disasters
- Graphic design
- Diagnostic systems for diseases
Digital language assistants
Artificial intelligence for games
Chatbots in marketing and media
Warning systems for impending natural disasters
Diagnostic systems for diseases
„2100 students, 300 doctoral students and 500 scientists from 80 countries make SIC a first-class location for computer science.”
Prof. Verena Wolf
Your studies in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
In the new study program, you learn how problems can be analyzed in such a way that methods from artificial intelligence, data science, big data, and machine learning can be used to solve them automatically. The study program is both research- and application-oriented: Our students work on concrete questions and problems of application subjects such as computer linguistics, physics, materials science, chemistry, psychology and biology. Because use of sensitive data is involved, aspects of IT security, law, data protection, philosophy and ethics are also important considerations.
_ Software Development
_ Computer Security
_ Database Systems
Admission to the bachelor’s program is normally possible in the winter and summer semesters.
The bachelor’s study program has no enrollment restrictions; that means that the request to enroll (registration) can be done online without a prior application:
• for a winter semester, from the beginning of August to the end of September
• for a summer semester, from the beginning to the end of March.
The required documents can be submitted by uploading them at the URL listed on the registration form. All the information about registration can be found in the corresponding instructions.
Please note: If you wish to change your study subject when registering for a later term of a study program, a placement decision from the examination board must also be submitted.
For prospective students with foreign academic qualifications, different regulations may apply
The six-semester bachelor’s degree program in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (degree: Bachelor of Science) comprises:
_ Lecture series “Perspectives in Computer Science”
_ Lectures with exercises on the following fundamental topics of computer science
(Programming 1 and 2, Theoretical Computer Science, Fundamentals of Algorithms and Data Structures, Big Data Engineering)
_ Lectures with exercises on the mathematical basics “Mathematics and Computer Scientists 1-3”.
_ Lectures on the specialized compulsory subject (Elements of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Statistics Lab, Elements of Machine Learning)
_ Master and Advanced Lectures in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI)
_ Project Seminar DSAI
_ Seminar in which research results are presented and discussed
_ Courses of a selectable application subject such as Computational Linguistics, Physics, Medicine, etc. (For options see study regulations)
_ Bachelor thesis with Bachelor seminar
_ Materials Science
_ Computer Linguistics
_ Quantum Engineering
_ Human and Molecular Biology
_ Systems Engineering
_ Further application subjects are being planned
The six-semester bachelor’s degree program, granting a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and comprising a total of 180 CP, includes modules in the following areas: Requirements in the area of mathematical foundations (27 CP) Requirements in the area of computer science foundations (39 CP) Requirements in the specialized area of data science and artificial intelligence (21 CP) Choice of courses in the area of data science and artificial intelligence, among them core lectures (18 CP), advanced lectures (12–18 CP), a seminar (7 CP) and project seminar (9 CP) Mandatory seminar series (2 CP) Choice of electives (min. 8 CP) Courses in an application subject (16 CP) Bachelor’s module including the bachelor’s seminar (9 CP) and bachelor’s thesis (12 CP)
_ Fundamental interest in mathematics and computer science
_ Enjoyment of logical thinking and solving puzzles
_ Interest in creative problem solving strategies
_ Communication and teamwork skills
„Data science and AI are not offered anywhere else in this breadth. Students regularly give us top marks in the nationwide CHE ranking.”
Prof. Jens Dittrich
Studying Artificial Intelligence
Interdisciplinary and unique in Europe
The Saarland Informatics Campus offers a diversity that is unique in Europe. Five internationally renowned institutes such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence or the Max Planck Institutes cooperate closely with the university. For students, this environment offers unique opportunities to get to know the many facets of the world of computer science.
Future-oriented and prestigious
Those studying computer science in Saarbrücken learn in close proximity to many respected researchers who have received numerous awards for their work. It’s no wonder that Saarbrücken computer science was voted one of the four best subjects in Germany (CHE ranking).
A computer science study program made for you
The DSAI bachelor’s program was developed together with students and therefore fulfills the expectations of future bachelor’s degree candidates particularly well. Our students are intensively supported by preliminary courses and tutors. In addition, the Saarland Informatics Campus offers the opportunity to participate in research projects at an early stage.
A springboard for your career
Our graduates have top prospects for the futre after their computer science studies. Do you want to continue your studies, or take the leap into industry? The SIC offers, along with the master’s program in DSAI, exciting collaborative work with major firms such as Airbus, Boeing, Dell, Disney, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and others.
Study at the Saarland Informatics Campus
In the forefront internationally
At Saarland Informatics Campus, 5 internationally renowned research institutes and 3 networked departments of Saarland University, as well as 3 Collaborative Research Centers and 21 joint study programs, combine their individual strengths and competencies. The numerous world-class scientists, the talented junior staff, the lively collaboration and the extraordinary range of research topics make SIC a unique IT location in Europe.
This is where the future takes shape
In the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, multimedia technologies for the film industry are developed, while the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems works on programs that are found in almost all technical devices, from mobile phones to traffic lights. In the Center for Bioinformatics, individual medicines are researched. The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence develops technologies for autonomous vehicles, to make the traffic of the future safer and car trips more comfortable, while the research results of the CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security contribute toward protecting on-board computers from manipulation.
A campus university in the heart of Europe
Small but beautiful and with a low cost of living: This is the Saarland with its French flair, high quality of life, and diverse culture and nature – but above all its warm and open people. A semester ticket allows free trips by train or bus in the surrounding area, and Paris lures in less than two hours by ICE. Short distances are also to be found on campus: The cafeteria and the cafés invite you to relax and enjoy. The nearby forest and the sports courses offer opportunities to keep fit. And the university orchestra, choirs, theater groups, and language center offer cultural variety.