Computer Science – Bachelor minor subject


Elective minor in a first degree programme (bachelor).

How can we depict trees as realistically as possible in a computer game? How should traffic lights be programmed to regulate traffic flows? How do you design a secure system for online banking? In the broadest sense, these and other questions are concerned with how data are stored, bundled, exchanged and depicted.

Computer and information science is a discipline that extends into most areas of our everyday lives. Mathematics and engineering science form the foundations.


Programme startWinter semester & Summer semester
Application period27.05. - 15.9. | 3.12. - 15.3.
Admission restrictionsno


Programme structure

Programme start

Winter semester & Summer semester

Academic structure

Depending on your combination of subjects, computer and information science as a minor accounts for at least 39 ECTS credits. In the basic study area you have to attend 3 courses (computer science concepts, programming course I and database systems). Following this, you can choose one of the 2 elective areas: information gathering or algorithmics; or you can reach an agreement with the department to attend an individual combination of courses selected from the 2 elective areas.

Additional information about the programme structure is available at the Exam regulations (in German).


What interests and skills should I have?

If you want to study computer science, you need to enjoy mathematics and logical thinking. If you already have programming skills, it will be a great benefit, but it is not a specific requirement. Good English skills will help you read the relevant literature, as a large amount is written in this language. During your studies you will often be working in a team, so it is important that you have good communication skills. In addition to this, a certain amount of creativity will help you to find new approaches to challenging questions.

Language skills

You do not have to proof additional language skills.

Language(s) of instruction

The languages of instruction and examinations are German and English.

Admission requirements

The same general entry requirements apply for the major and minor:

General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or equivalent.


Semester fee

All students enrolled at the University of Konstanz are charged a semester fee each semester, similar to all other German universities. Here you can find the current semester fee and its individual components.

Tuition fees for first degree studies for some international students
Beginning in the winter semester 2017/18, the state of Baden-Württemberg will require some international students to pay university tuition fees for their first degree studies. The following will generally not be required to pay tuition fees: citizens of a country within the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), doctoral students and certain 'Bildungsinländer' (international students with German Abitur). You can find more detailed information here.

Tuition fees for second degree studies for all students
All students will be required to pay tuition fees for their second degree studies starting in the winter semester 2017/18, too. You can find more detailed information here.
Once a year, the University of Konstanz grants exemptions to a limited number of particularly gifted international degree-seeking students in accordance with the Begabtenbefreiuungssatzung (statutes governing the exemption of gifted students). You can find more detailed information here.

Application and application documents

This study programme has no admission restrictions.

It is possible to begin the study programme in the winter and summer semester. Application deadlines are 15 September and 15 March. Please note that if you have chosen a major with admission restrictions and an earlier application deadline (15 July), this earlier deadline is valid for all of your chosen subjects. In other words, if the deadline for your major is 15 July, then your complete application for all subjects (major and minor) must be submitted by this date.

If you transfer from another subject, we recommend you start the bachelor's minor in the winter semester.

Application documents

You will find an overview of the required application documents in your application for admission, which you will receive at the end of your online application.