The Major in Mathematics provides a foundation in mathematics, plus electives in mathematics, computer science, biology, and/or physics. The program allows for flexibility in student goals by providing two tracks within the major.
The Mathematics Track provides a strong foundation in mathematics up to the level of a two-course sequence in either abstract algebra or real analysis. It includes a senior project in one of these areas or a related area.
Before entering the Mathematics Track of the Major in Mathematics, students must successfully complete Functions and Graphs 2 (MATH 162). It is highly recommended that students also complete College Composition 2 (WTG 192).
Math 162 is equivalent to a Pre-calculus course or a course in College Algebra with Trigonometry. To satisfy this requirement, students take a placement test in mathematics. Depending on where they are placed, they complete at MUM any courses leading up to and including Math 162. This requirement is not satisfied by transfer credit, as the knowledge needs to be current.
In addition to the requirements below for the BS in Mathematics, students need to satisfy the general requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
Students in all tracks of the math major must complete:
Students in the Mathematics Track must also complete:
12 credits of courses at the level of Math 267 or above, including at least one of Math 424 Analysis 2 and Math 432 Algebra 2.
In addition, in their final year, students in the Mathematics Track are required to take the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test in Mathematics and submit their results to the Department of Mathematics. This is usually done during the course MATH 490.
The Program Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics Track of the Mathematics Major are given below.
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
Skills: We aim to produce individuals who are able to
Values: We aim to produce individuals
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 Science of Consciousness. They report on readings or research they conduct on a topic or problem suggested by the course MATH424 Real Analysis 2 or by the course MATH432 Abstract Algebra 2.
Students also prepare an oral presentation, suitable for a lay audience, based on the paper, for submission for presentation at the annual Knowledge Celebration in June of the year of completion of the major.
The paper is evaluated by the supervisor of that student’s senior project and by at least one other senior faculty member for significant content, significant unification of mathematical principles from all of their courses, and connection to general principles from Maharishi Science of Consciousness. 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. For students in this track, topics covered are related to the mission, goals, and outcomes of the Mathematics Track of the Mathematics Major.