Sep 30, 2022  
Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Catalog 2022-2023

Mathematics, B.S.


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The Mathematics major prepares you to analyze complex discipline-based issues, synthesize information from multiple sources and perspectives, communicate skillfully in oral and written forms, and use appropriate technologies. The flexibility of the major gives you enough freedom to mold your degree along your particular interest toward a career or graduate school. Many mathematics majors pursue careers in industry (e.g. engineering, finance, business), teaching, and government service immediately upon graduation. Others continue on to graduate school, then pursue careers in research and university teaching.

Concentrations


Complete the general requirements for a Mathematics B.S. or select a concentration from the options below.

Mathematics (No Concentration) 

Subject Matter Preparation Program Concentration 

Learning Outcomes


MLO 1: Mathematical Content

Students demonstrate proficiency in 

  1. Rate of Change and Accumulation: Students compute, represent, interpret, and analyze changes in quantities relative to other quantities and accumulation of quantities;
  2. Discrete and Continuous Structures: Students identify, describe, and apply the properties of discrete or continuous sets and quantities and how these properties determine the mathematical techniques and assumptions appropriate in each setting;
  3. Functions (Transformations): Students represent, interpret, and analyze relationships between sets, quantities, or spaces in symbolic, visual, numerical, and verbal forms;
  4. Axiomatic Structures: Students are able to identify, interpret, and analyze axiomatic structures involving sets, quantities, or spaces; and,
  5. Quantifying Uncertainty (Statistics/Probability): Students apply appropriate techniques to measure uncertainty, describe how certain they are, and what they can and cannot infer.

MLO 2: Service to the Community

Students are able to analyze the intersection of their personal, professional, and societal roles in the context of ethics, social justice, and equity across diverse communities.

MLO 3: Problem Solving

Students are able to

  1. Understand the Problem:  Rewrite a mathematical problem statement in their own words identifying any assumptions made and defining all variables and terms used;
  2. Identify Problem Solving Strategy:  Develop a plan of action or an approach designed to arrive at a solution;
  3. Problem Solution:  Provide an appropriate response to the problem; and,
  4. Evaluation of Solution:  Justify the outcomes of the solution possibly including any weaknesses of their solution to outcome.

MLO 4: Mathematics as Communication

Students demonstrate the ability to

  1. Identify, interpret, and apply mathematical ideas verbally and in writing, using appropriate notation and terminology;
  2. Prresent mathematical explanations suitable to a variety of audiences with differing levels of mathematical knowledge; and,
  3. Analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking and strategies of others.

MLO 5: Mathematical Reasoning

Students demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Reason both deductively and inductively;
  2. Formulate and test conjectures, construct counter-examples, make valid arguments; and,
  3. Judge the validity of mathematical arguments.

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