Program Learning Outcomes for the Math and Computer Science Track
The Program Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics and Computer Science Track of the Mathematics Major are given below. The Course-by-Outcomes Table then shows how the courses making up the Mathematics and Computer Science 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 concepts and theory of both mathematics and computer science and are able to apply them in various fields, and relate them to principles of Maharishi Science of Consciousness.
- K2. Appreciate the full range of mathematics from the deepest foundational levels to real-world applications in areas such as computer science, physics, engineering, business, art, and sustainable living.
- 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.
- K4. Have a working knowledge of elementary programming and data structures, and have a taste of higher and more theoretical aspects of computer science.
Skills: We aim to produce individuals who are able to
- S1. Solve problems creatively in mathematics and computer science, and their 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 computer programs, and solutions of problems given by others.
- S5. Model natural phenomena and use mathematics and computer science 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 and principles of computer science clearly and logically to others, both orally and in writing.
- S9. Find and evaluate sources of information on topics of mathematics and computer science and integrate new knowledge into their knowledge base.
Values: We aim to produce individuals who
- V1. Are self-confident, personally, mathematically, and in computer science.
- V2. Behave in a harmonious, helpful, and uplifting way with others, including when working on group projects and when explaining mathematics and computer science 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.