The Major in Mathematics provides a foundation in mathematics, plus courses in higher mathematics or computer science, depending on the track taken. The program allows for flexibility in student goals by providing two tracks within the major: mathematics and mathematics and computer science.
This track blends mathematics courses with courses in computer science and a senior project in computer science.
Before entering the Mathematics and Computer Science 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 Precalculus 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 UMLAC 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 and Computer Science Track must also complete:
4 credits (one course) chosen from the following four courses:
An additional 8 credits of 400-level Computer Science courses
In addition, in their final year, students in the Mathematics and Computer Science Track are required to:
Take an assessment test to be chosen by the Department of Mathematics, and to submit the results to the Department of Mathematics. Students, who take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for entry into graduate school or for other purposes, may satisfy this requirement by simply submitting their GRE results to the Department of Mathematics.Students not taking the GRE will need to consult the Department of Mathematics to determine an appropriate test.
Students completing the Mathematics and Computer Science Track of the Mathematics Major with a 3.0 GPA are eligible to continue on to UMLAC’s Master of Science in Computer Science and may be able to complete it in just over a year. Consult the Department of Computer Science for full information.
The Program Learning Outcomes for the Mathematics and Computer Science Track of the Mathematics Major are given below. 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
Skills: We aim to produce individuals who are able to
Values: We aim to produce individuals who
GRE General Test
Students in the Mathematics and Computer Science Track generally take the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and are expected to place in the top half in every category. Students not intending to take the GRE consult the Department of Mathematics to determine an appropriate test.
Senior Project and Presentation for Mathematics and Computer Science Track of the 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. This is done by taking a required course on software development and then actually creating software for a particular application such as a business.
The paper is made by the student into a poster 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 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 professional 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 and Computer Science Track of the Mathematics Major.