UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #2

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM B

(2/00)

FORM B: DISCIPLINE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS

(Submit to Division Chair)

Note: All changes become effective the fall semester following Campus Assembly approval.

 

Discipline:

Mathematics

Date

September 20, 2000

See instructions given in separate document.

 

I. Introductory Statement:

Mathematics (Math)

This discipline is in the Division of Science and Mathematics.

Objectives–The mission of the discipline is to advance knowledge of mathematics and statistics: by teaching mathematics/statistics and their its processes, by research in mathematics/statistics and mathematical/statistical pedagogy, and by dissemination of this knowledge to students and the community we serve.

Historically, the study of mathematics has been central to a liberal arts education. The mathematics/statistics curriculum serves as an integral part of students' active pursuit of a liberal arts education. The discipline's mission concentrates on the three main components of the institutional mission, namely, teaching, research, and outreach. The mathematics/statistics program serves students who major or minor in mathematics, seek secondary mathematics teaching licensure, major or minor in programs that require a mathematical background, or wish to fulfill components of a general education. The mathematics faculty provide guidance to students who choose to design their own major/minor. The discipline's mission includes dissemination of mathematical knowledge to the community.

 

II. Objectives:

The mathematics and statistics curriculum is designed to help students develop competence in mathematical and statistical techniques and methods. It aims to sharpen the students' mathematical intuition and abstract reasoning as well as their reasoning from numerical data. It also encourages and stimulates the type of independent thinking required for research beyond the confines of the textbook. The mathematics program aims to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills to make mathematical contributions to modern society, whether in the form of pure mathematics or of mathematics applied in other disciplines. The program seeks to enable students to see and communicate how the development of mathematics has been part of the development of several civilizations and is intimately interwoven with the cultural and scientific development of these societies. The statistics program aims to provide an effective operational knowledge of the theory and methods of statistics and the application of the statistical methods in a liberal arts environment. It seeks to enhance students' critical thinking in domains involving judgments based on data. The curriculum prepares students to enter graduate school, pursue careers in applied mathematics or statistical fields, or teach mathematics and statistics.

III. Assessment:

The discipline uses various assessment methods and tools to evaluate and improve student academic achievement in mathematics/statistics. The results of the assessment help the discipline to shape a curriculum that is responsive to student needs. The Mathematics Major/Minor Student Portfolio is the major assessment tool used by the discipline. It includes characteristics of the entering student, documents related to the learning development of the student during his or her stay at UMM, and post-graduation information. Some other assessment methods and tools include proficiency tests in basic skills courses, performance in course projects, and specially designed exams in some courses. Graduates of the program are surveyed regularly to assess discipline objectives.

IV. Requirements for a Major:

V. Requirements for a Minor:

Minor Requirements

Math 1101-1102–Calculus I-II

Math 2111–Linear Algebra

a minimum of 12 additional credits in Math courses at the 2xxx level or

above in at least two of the following numbering systems x2xx, x4xx, x5xx,

or Stat 2611 x6xx.

Required courses may be taken S-N, but it is not recommended. Up to 6

credits of coursework with a grade of D may be used to meet the minor

requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B.

VI. Requirements for Teacher Preparation:

 

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