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Application Area

Students of the master's program Scientific Computing have to add an application area (minor subject) to their portfolio of studies. In the application area, 18 ECTS points have to be collected by taking suitable courses, usually from the master's program of the minor field.

Typical application areas include

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Biology

and others. Please note that some of these minor subjects are presented in German language at Heidelberg University.

To facilitate the selection, we prearranged some package deals that can be selected on a regular basis (see the packages for details) and are approved by the study board for the master's program.

Remark: These packages are suggestions to from the large set of possible courses. In general, any set of master courses that amounts to 18 ECTS in one approved minor subject is fine to complete the application area requirement.

Application Area: Environmental Physics

Fundamentals of Computational Environmental Physics       (lecture; winter term; 8 ECTS)
Chaotic and complex environmental systems                        (lecture; summer term; 4 ECTS)
Seminar Environmental Physics (Prof. K.Roth)                      (seminar; any time; 6 ECTS)

Application Area: Biosciences

Introduction to Systems Biology                                            (lecture series; summer term; 2+1 ECTS)
Lab practical with project (3 months)                                     (practical lab training; any time; 15 ECTS)

Remark: The lab practical has to be planned well in advance. The practical follows the regulations of the module "Working in Bioscience" of the master's program "Molecular Biosciences" (see the   module handbook for more details).

As short summary:

  • Find a supervisor in the biosciences to host the lab practical
  • Make sure (s)he understands that you finally need to complete the practical module "Working in Bioscience" including a grade.
  • The lab host defines a practical project for you to work on for the duration of usually 8-10 weeks.
  • The module is worth 15 credits (ECTS); the definition of the final exam/evaluation is up to the host - usually a presentation and a written report are evaluated.

Application Area: Economics

Package 1 (16 ECTS):
Master Module "Microeconomics"                                           (lecture+exercise; winter term; 8 ECTS)
Master Module "Public Economics"                                         (lecture+exercise; summer term; 8 ECTS)

Package 2 (20 ECTS):
Bachelor Module "Game Theory" (in German)                        (lecture+exercise; summer term; 6 ECTS)
Master Module "Microeconomics"                                           (lecture+exercise; winter term; 8 ECTS)
one more elective master module                                           (lecture+exercise; summer term; 6 ECTS)

Remark: As package 1 is only 16 ECTS, individual confirmation by the study commission is necessary to select this package.

Application Area: Biophysics

Theoretical Biophysics                                                            (lecture+exercise; summer term; 6 ECTS)
Experimental Biophysics                                                         (lecture+exercise; winter term; 6 ECTS) 
Nonlinear Dynamics                                                                (extraordinary course; 2 ECTS)
Stochastic Dynamics                                                               (extraordinary course; 2 ECTS)
Research Seminar on special topics of Biophysics                 (exercise; winter/summer term; 2 ECTS)

Application Area: Medical Physics

Medical Physics I                                                                     (4h-lecture; winter term; 6 ECTS)
Medical Physics II                                                                    (4h-lecture; summer term, 6 ECTS)
Advanced Seminar on Medical Physics                                   (exercise; winter/summer term; 6 ECTS)

Application Area: Computational Linguistics (tentative)

  • Introduction to Computer Linguistics (bachelor; German; 6cr)
  • Statistical Methods for Computer Linguistics (bachelor; G/E; 6cr)
  • Any main seminar (Hauptseminar) in Computer Linguistics (master level; 8cr)

This is a tentative positive list for modules in Computer Linguistics. Due to the nature of the field, many modules are close to computer science. Modules with a strong emphasis on CS techniques will not be accepted for application field credits.

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