Dec 06, 2023

# Mathematics, B.A. Return to: Academic Programs

The program is designed to prepare students for graduate study or a career in a mathematical field. The program conforms to the guidelines of the Mathematical Association of America, and in addition gives students material and tools of theory, abstraction, and inquiry that would be useful in a graduate mathematics program.

## Other Requirements

### General Education Requirements

For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements  in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.

Completion of at least 120 credits and all requirements for this specific program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.000.

## Learning Goals and Assessment

### Learning Goals:

• Students will explain how they know mathematical truths, and prove some of the basic ones.
• Students will express mathematical ideas verbally and in writing.
• Students will identify major mathematicians and explain and critique the major ideas of  mathematics.
• Students will apply problem-solving techniques to problems they have never seen before.
• Students will be familiar with the application of technology in mathematics.

### Assessment Criteria:

• Students will identify the properties and graphs of the elementary functions: that is, polynomials, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithms, trigonometric functions and their inverses, and hyperbolic functions.
• Students will differentiate combinations of elementary functions, including functions of several variables. Students will be able to apply all of the basic integration techniques.
• Students will perform what might be thought of as the core skills of linear algebra: in particular, matrix and vector calculations, for instance, determination of whether a set of vectors is linearly independent, or mutually orthogonal.
• Students will solve problems from probability involving set theory, combinations and permutations, and probability distributions.
• Students will use the basic ideas of statistics, including identifying methods for attacking various statistical problems.
• Students will use logic and set theory in other areas of mathematics, in particular toward understanding and proving statements in abstract algebra and elsewhere.
• Students will apply mathematical ideas to problems from other disciplines. Return to: Academic Programs