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ETS Major Field Test in Mathematics

Students in the Mathematics Track of the Mathematics Major take the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Mathematics, usually during the Senior Project in their final year. It is expected that students will score in at least the 50 percentile. Less than that is cause for concern.

Senior Project and Presentation for Math Major

Students write a substantial paper unifying the knowledge gained from the courses taken during their major and relating this knowledge to deep principles from Maharishi Vedic Science. This paper may take the form of:

  1. An integrated summary of main ideas from the courses taken during their major, addressing themes and questions to be provided by the Department of Mathematics, or
  2. A paper integrating the 40 Aspects of the Vedic Literature and Raja Raam’s discoveries to mathematics. They may relate mathematics to the 40 Aspects of the Vedic Literature as Raja Raam has done for physiology in his book “Human Physiology: Expression of the Veda” and “Ramayan in Human Physiology”, or they may explore the significance and consequences for mathematics of Raja Raam’s discoveries, or
  3. A report of research conducted by the student on a mathematical topic or problem chosen in conjunction with the Department of Mathematics.

In all of these cases, the paper is made by the student into a poster for submission for presentation at the annual Knowledge Celebration in May of the year of completion of the major.

The paper is evaluated by the supervisor of that student’s senior project and by one other senior faculty member for significant mathematical content, significant unification of mathematical principles from all of their courses, and connection to general principles from Maharishi Vedic Science. In addition, they are evaluated for information literacy, writing ability according to criteria for modern mathematical writing, and critical thinking.


At the end of each academic year, all mathematics majors are asked to fill out a questionnaire asking for their degree of satisfaction with what they have accomplished during their degree program so far. Topics covered are related to the mission, goals, and outcomes of the Mathematics Track of the Mathematics Major.

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