The Mathematics Department offers a B.S. degree in Mathematics in a choice of two tracks:
- The Mathematics Track offers a complete foundational experience in mathematics
- The Sciences Track blends science courses into the mathematics curriculum
Students of mathematics at MUM acquire quantitative skills, problem-solving ability, and clarity of thinking and reasoning that provide the basis for success and leadership in many careers.
Graduates are qualified to pursue Master’s level study at institutions of higher learning in mathematics, computer science, education, business administration, and other mathematics-related disciplines. They enter a wide variety of technology-based careers. Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in mathematics itself, in engineering, physics, software engineering, information technology, teaching, accounting, management, and other areas.
Advantages of Studying Mathematics at MUM
The consciousness-based approach to studying mathematics at MUM includes comprehensive study of the traditional mathematical subjects, but also includes the “MUM routine”: twice daily practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation technique, getting adequate rest at night, eating organic food, and focusing on one’s own holistic development.
Antidote to math anxiety. Stress can impair the functioning of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, leading to difficulty understanding and integrating abstract concepts. Stress is often the root of “math anxiety”. The deep rest of Transcendental Meditation has been found to relieve even deeply rooted stress and thereby produce a calmer, clearer mind with which to tackle mathematics.
Developing mathematical insight. Doing mathematics successfully includes both intellectual analysis and intuitive insight. Modern educational practices in mathematics have been reasonably successful in developing intellectual understanding, but have largely left the development of intuitive insight to chance. Practice of Transcendental Meditation has been found to develop creativity, clear thinking, health, and vitality. It develops the ability to let the mind settle down and experience the quiet inner wholeness that is essential to grasping a mathematical concept or solving a problem. (See the article "A Unified Approach to Developing Intuition in Mathematics.")
Connecting mathematics to the student’s own intelligence. Mathematics is the study of abstract patterns and relationships that underlie all physical reality. Thus studying mathematics is studying the functioning of intelligence itself. Faculty at MUM, in consultation with the founder of MUM, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, have developed Unified Field Charts, relating all parts of mathematics to each other and to their common source in intelligence, and Main Point Charts, relating mathematical principles learned in class each day, to basic principles of the development of consciousness and to the students’ own inner experience of pure consciousness during the practice of Transcendental Meditation. This allows the student to see deep connections between the functioning of their own intelligence and mathematical knowledge. Often for the first time, students experience mathematics as a normal, natural part of themselves and of life.