MATHEMATICS AT THE CENTER OF THE PROGRAM
The mathematics courses given in École Polytechnique's Bachelor program are designed to fit any subsequent specialization streams (physics, economics, computer science). A notable point is the attention given from the beginning of the course to applications across the spectrum of mathematics (numerical simulation and calculations, randomness and data, arithmetic related cryptology etc.).
On top of their education in fundamental sciences, our Bachelor students follow several courses providing them with the complementary soft skills to round out their background and knowledge.
Through courses in humanities and social sciences, they discover artistic and literary masterpieces, learn about French and European political systems and discuss ethical questions related to sciences.
They also have classes in foreign languages and cultures (Chinese, English, French as a foreign language, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish), innovation management and entrepreneurship.
They also practice sports least once a week and get to benefit from the campus’ great facilities.Some students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 with their coach, Frédéric Vialade.
Bachelor students get to not only learn concepts, but also experiment them spending time in École Polytechnique cutting-edge Research Center, doing projects in the labs on real problems currently tackled by our scientists. Whichever specialization students choose, they have to do a Bachelor Thesis, carried out in the form of a research project. Students thus get to spend time in the lab, where they are interacting with scientists and get a feel of the day-to-day routine of PhD candidates, post-docs, technicians and prominent researchers.
Students are also offered regular scientific conferences and seminars on current research themes as well as laboratory visits.