A common question regards the prerequisites of the CAS program. The formal requirements are moderate: it's not very difficult to meet the criteria. However, getting through the program can be quite challenging. For this reason, we separate the courses into two categories: formal prerequisites and recommended/useful. (Note that this represents the opinion and experiences of the StudyCAS creators, as former CAS students, and is not an official viewpoint of Chalmers or the Univ. of Gothenburg.)
The formal prerequisites are listed on the official Chalmers web site for CAS or at the official website for the program at the Univ. of Gothenburg, and states that you must be a holder of a Bachelor's degree in Science/Engineering/Architecture, with a Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Bioengineering or the equivalent.
You must furthermore have taken courses in Mathematical analysis, Linear algebra and Programming.
Finally, you must be able to show English language proficiency. The most common scores that are accepted are:
- IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
- TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
- TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)
Recommended and useful background
These formal prerequisites are the minimal requirements needed to apply for CAS. However, to be able to best experience the program and get most out of it, we would make some additional recommendations. You can get through the program without these courses (depending on if you require sleep and leisure...), but with them, you'll be better equipped to appreciate what you are taught.
You are recommended to have a good foundation in mathematics, including courses in multi-variable calculus, probability theory and statistics. You should also feel very comfortable with matrix operations, and you might want to refresh your linear algebra (a second-level course in linear algebra is highly useful). Courses in Fourier analysis and partial differential equations are furthermore useful, but not necessary.
While CAS is interdisciplinary, it stems from a physics perspective. Because of this, we recommend you to have taken some courses in physics, thermodynamics and mechanics. Depending on what optional courses you are interested in taking, quantum physics might be required.
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