Informatics (B.Sc.)

Studying Informatics at Schmalkalden University

Informatics is the science of systematic information processing with computers. In the past decades it has influenced our lives, work and leisure time more profoundly and lastingly than many other sciences. The increasingly growing number of connected and embedded multimedia systems results in ever shorter innovation cycles in industry, economy and society. New subfields and disciplines emerge that need qualified personnel. This leads us to one of the most important challenges of our future: creating save, reliable and manageable informatics that at the same time is compliant with our society and socially acceptable for the people. The informatics studies do not only convey this knowledge but also provide deep insights into the practice of informatics.

Form of study:


Duration of study:

6 semesters


Bachelor of Science



Next start:

Always in winter term

Application deadline:

Always on 15 July

Computer Science Study Course
The hallmark of the degree program Bachelor Computer Science at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, which is certified by the accreditation agency ACQUIN eV, is the teaching of a well-founded methodological competence in core informatics subjects, which lasts throughout the entire professional life. This includes a variety of programming experiences based on different system platforms, software engineering and the design of complex systems.
The computer science study comprises a total of six semesters, which are distributed over two study phases. The first phase of study covers two semesters and unifies the educational level of students coming from different educational institutions. The second study phase begins in the third semester, which is characterized by practical and technical informatics. An individual specialization in the context of selected fields of knowledge as well as current trends is possible in the fourth and sixth semester. During the 15-week internship, which is firmly integrated in the curriculum, our students gain insights into professional practice while studying computer science. Consistent practice orientation is an important plus of graduates, much appreciated by employers.
Computer Science Study Contents
The study of computer science encompasses a broad field of knowledge that conveys the specialist skills and abilities required for practical and scientific research. In addition to the basics and main applications of practical, theoretical and technical informatics, the knowledge in functional, procedural and object-oriented programming will be treated. In addition, the social skills of the students should be strengthened and trained through independent and team-oriented work. The practical degree in computer science studies is formed with the practical module in the 5th semester. As part of this, the students get to know the connections of the learned topics and their application in the economy in a company and can thus facilitate their entry into computer science.

Compulsory subjects Computer Science:

• operating systems
• Database Systems
• English
• Functional programming
• Graphic data processing
• Basics of information processing
• IT security
• mathematics
• Project Computer Science
• project management
• Proseminar Computer Science
• Procedural programming
• Data structures and algorithms
• object oriented programing
• Information Engineering
• Digital technology & IT mobile technology
• Microprocessor Technology & Embedded Systems
• computer architecture
• computer networks
• Software engineering
• statistics
• Theoretical computer science
• Foundations of Economics
• knowledge processing
• Bachelor Thesis and Colloquium

The individual specialization of your study of computer science can be done by selecting 6 modules with a total of 28 ECTS credits from the individual elective areas. The Faculty Council reserves the right to decide on additional elective modules.

Elective areas for individual specialization:
• Basics Web Engineering
• Deepening database systems
• Deepening software design
• software quality
• pattern recognition
• Network planning and configuration
• Compiler
Bachelor’s degree in computer science
Since its foundation in 1993, the Faculty of Computer Science at Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences has been one of the leading training institutions in Thuringia with the longest informatics tradition and the most intensive training in the core subjects of computer science.
The study of computer science leads to a first professional qualification after just six semesters. By concentrating on content and consciously interplay of basic qualifying study content, subject-specific specialization and the integration of practice-relevant questions, you will be ready to start your career at the end of your Bachelor’s degree.
Master’s degree as a perspective
A good bachelor’s degree also allows you to take up a master’s degree. At our Faculty of Computer Science, we offer the master program “Applied Media Informatics”, which continues the study of computer science and leads to a second university degree after just four semesters.
The master’s program is designed to deepen the scientific qualification especially in the field of media informatics and to expand the competence in the field of conception, production, development and management of web-based multimedia applications. The research-led study of areas of interest is supported by a high degree of freedom of choice. Graduates of a Master’s degree can then work as specialists in a wide variety of practice areas. A qualified Master’s degree also allows you to start a PhD at a university and thus start a scientific career.
Admission requirements for a computer science degree
If you want to take the admission-free computer science studies, you should have a general or subject-specific university entrance qualification. Apart from interest in the typical activities in computer science, you should enjoy the associated working method, which is an important prerequisite for the future professional life. In addition, you do not need any special previous knowledge or experience.
Employment fields with the computer science study
Due to the high dynamics of technological developments in the information and communication area in computer science studies, our graduates, who are trained in new technologies and processes, not only have versatile, but constantly attractive attractive career perspectives in numerous industries. The study of computer science also provides the basic prerequisites for a successful leap into self-employment.