The Program Learning Outcomes for the Sciences Track of the Mathematics Major are given below. The Course-by-Outcomes Table then shows how the courses making up the Sciences Track develop each of the Program Learning Outcomes. Finally, the main measures used to evaluate the success of the Program and locate any areas of concern can be found in the Program Assessment Measures.
Knowledge: We aim to produce individuals who
- K1. Understand basic mathematical concepts and theory, are able to apply them in various fields, and relate them to principles of Maharishi Vedic Science.
- K2. Appreciate the full range of mathematics from the deepest foundational levels to real-world applications in computer science, physics, engineering, business, art, sustainable living, etc.
- K3. Have a working knowledge of the elements of single variable calculus, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, probability, and introductory differential calculus of a function of several variables.
Skills: We aim to produce individuals who are able to
- S1. Solve problems creatively in mathematics and its applications.
- S2. Use good number sense to decide whether answers are in the right ball park (orders of magnitude, rules of thumb), are meaningful (rounded appropriately, accuracy, extraneous roots, etc.), and are correct (checking answers when possible).
- S3. Understand proofs of major results, construct proofs of elementary results, justify solutions of problems.
- S4. Critique and find errors in proofs, mathematical arguments, and solutions of problems of others.
- S5. Model natural phenomena and use mathematics effectively in disciplines such as engineering, physics, computer science, sustainable living and other life sciences, management, and business.
- S6. Use appropriate software such as Graphing Calculator, Maple, Mathematica, Fathom, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and Excel to investigate concepts, ideas, and data.
- S7. Use software such as Power Point, MS Word, and TeX to make lively and powerful oral and written presentations.
- S8. Communicate mathematics clearly and logically to others, both orally and in writing.
- S9. Find and evaluate sources of mathematical information and integrate new knowledge into their knowledge base.
Values: We aim to produce individuals who
- V1. Are self-confident, both personally and mathematically.
- V2. Behave in a harmonious, helpful, and uplifting way with others, including when working on group projects and when explaining mathematics to others.
- V3. Exhibit positive attitudes towards personal growth and the daily habits that cultivate personal growth and success in life.
- V4. Are clear on their personal strengths and career goals.
- V5. See mathematics as a normal, natural part of their own intelligence, and as a natural foundation for understanding the orderliness at the core of any phenomenon in nature and society.
- V6. Appreciate the source of all knowledge in the Self.