General Undergraduate Degree in Sciences of Materials and Systems
The Licence in Sciences of Materials and Systems is aimed at providing students at Nîmes with specialist tuition in the fields of Information Technology, Mathematics or Physics up to the L3 level.
The course is based on three disciplines (Mathematics, Information Technology, Physics) with two orientations: Mathematics-Informatics and Mathematics-Informatics-Physics. This type of degree, with information technology as a pivotal subject and mathematics tuition strongly based on I.T. applications, is unique to Nîmes. The course content is designed to enable graduates to enter Master’s degrees in similar subject areas or to join Engineer type training courses.
This Undergraduate Degree is acquired over 6 semesters (30 ECTS for each semester) and broken down into modules (UE).
Certain modules within teaching units (UE) are specific to different subject areas (physics and information technology), while others are interchangeable. In the 3rd year additional modules are available for students who wish to improve their level in certain subjects in order to change their course focus.
A number of course directions are available enabling orientation either towards Mathematics and Information Technology (MI) or towards Physics and Information Technology (MIP). This orientation is progressive throughout the course with a higher degree of specialisation in the 3rd year (L3):
- Level L3 of the MI course: 300 hours mathematics and 300 hours information technology
- Level L3 of the MIP course: 100 hours mathematics, 150 hours information technology, 300 hours physics (plus one optional module)
These two L3 levels have a joint element (50% of the curriculum in the 5th semester and between 30% and 50% in the 6th semester). For students wishing to change course direction in the 1st or 2nd year, the pedagogical team will define the modules that need to be followed.
Opportunities and/or prospects
The MI Undergraduate Degree can open the door to a Master’s degree in Mathematics or Information Technology, admission to engineering school, and preparation for the competitive entry examination to become a secondary school Mathematics teacher. The MIP Undergraduate Degree can open the door to competitive entry examinations for primary school teaching, professional high school teaching in Mathematics or Physical Sciences, and also certain administrative positions. Graduates may also continue on to a Master’s degree in Physics or enter an engineering school.
Holders of a baccalaureate or equivalent High School diploma for 1st semester entry (Scientific option recommended) may apply. Application forms may be obtained from Nîmes University upon successful completion of the baccalaureate or equivalent diploma. Students from other establishments (technical colleges, faculties of medicine or pharmacy) may be admitted subject to approval of their application by a teaching committee.