Student Learning Outcomes

Mathematics Major Student Learning Outcomes:
  1. Study various branches of mathematics including calculus, linear algebra and abstract algebra.
  2. Communicate mathematics using correct terminology and notation.
  3. Apply mathematics creatively and thinks critically.
  4. Use technology to support the study of mathematics.
Goal: Provide courses in which all students will have an opportunity to extend their study of mathematics.
Objectives for this goal:
  1. Students will be encouraged to learn mathematics by doing mathematics, and by solving problems of significant depth. Techniques to accomplish this may include the use of technology, group projects, and learning by discovery.
  2. Instruction will be provided that will allow students to understand the connections between mathematics, other disciplines, and the world around us as well as between different mathematical topics. They will be taught to communicate these concepts effectively.
  • Outcome #1: Students will be able to communicate mathematical ideas effectively either orally or in writing, using mathematical terms correctly and proper notation.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will show evidence of this ability to communicate effectively by having every mathematics class require written papers, written projects, or oral projects of significant depth. A sample of these will be collected and kept in the mathematics department.
Goal: Provide students in our client disciplines with the up to date skills and problem solving experiences necessary to be successful in their chosen major and in the future.
Objectives for this goal:
  1. Learning experiences will be provided which make clear, to the student in these disciplines, the general problem solving power of the mathematical sciences.
  2. Courses will provide students with the mathematical skills necessary for their current needs as well as a sound basis for the future.
  • Outcome #1: Students will apply the mathematical techniques required by the client disciplines.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: The faculty of the client disciplines will be consulted periodically to determine if the mathematical skills of their students are appropriate for success in their programs.
Goal: Provide students with courses in mathematics education, consistent with the recommendations of the professional societies in content and philosophy.
Objectives for this goal:
  1. Courses will be provided that will allow students to obtain mastery in mathematics at the appropriate level in which they will be certified.
  2. Courses will be provided that will allow students to understand and use the methodology for teaching and assessing mathematics while addressing the needs and learning styles of individual students.
  3. Courses will be provided that will allow students to become aware of current research in mathematics education to gain the ability to evaluate different methods of teaching mathematics and to develop their own philosophy of teaching.
  • Outcome #1: Students will read journal publications relating to mathematics education and compare and contrast a timely topic with his or her own philosophy for teaching.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will submit or deliver orally a formal report to document the outcome. Samples will be maintained in the mathematics department.
Goal: Provide the opportunity for the study of mathematics in depth.
Objectives for this goal:
  1. The mathematics program for majors will emphasize the nature and philosophy of mathematics so that these students are adequately prepared for mathematics based careers, graduate schools, or professional schools.
  2. Courses will be taught as to emphasize the connections between mathematics and the real world, and how to communicate those results effectively.
  3. Students will be taught to understand mathematics and not just memorize it. They will be shown how to develop, know, apply and appreciate mathematics.
  • Outcome #1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental mathematical concepts.
  • Criteria for Outcome #1: Students will complete a departmental exam covering these fundamental concepts.