Math and Statistics Learning Outcomes
Majors in mathematics will be able to:
- Effectively read and communicate mathematical ideas and complex technical arguments
- Master mathematical notation, precise use of definitions, and the grammar of logic
- Use computer technology and algorithmic concepts to support problem solving and theoretical understanding
- Employ techniques of calculation correctly, with an understanding of the theory supporting the calculations
- Develop persistence and skill in exploration, conjecture, generalization, and abstraction (CUPM 2004, p. 15 and further department discussion)
- Learn to apply precise, logical, deductive reasoning to problem solving, abstract reasoning, and proof writing (CUPM 2004, p. 15 and further departmental discussion)
- Understand applications of mathematics to problems occurring in other disciplines
Mathematics and Statistics Writing Outcomes
Writing goals for the major are:
- To use both creative insight and fundamental tools of logic to craft complex mathematical arguments.
- To develop convincing expository arguments in order to justify an approach to nuanced statistical, applied mathematical, or theoretical mathematical problems.
Both goals meet (parts of) the College-Wide Learning Outcomes #1, #3, and #5.