Mathematics can be pursued as a scholarly discipline of an especially elegant kind - a creative art form - or it can be treated as a valuable tool in an applied discipline.
The program for mathematics majors is designed to provide a solid foundation in the theoretical and applied aspects of mathematics necessary for a variety of professional careers. The flexibility within the third and fourth years was established to enable mathematics majors to concentrate in areas of their interest. The Computational Mathematics Program (COMP) is designed for those seeking positions in industry or with the government. The program emphasizes applied and computer mathematics. Students can choose their curricula so as to emphasize that role of mathematics which will be useful to them in later years. For example, students may use our offerings as preparation for
- secondary school teaching;
- graduate school in mathematics, applied mathematics, or computer science;
- a career in applied mathematics in either the public or private sector;
- graduate school in an area that uses mathematics, such as economics, biology or psychology.
Some mathematics majors have had success in law school, pharmaceutical school, and medical school.
The Department offers both a major and a minor program.
The need for K-12 teachers in the areas of mathematics and science is great in the region. Mathematics is a strong major for future teachers. The Mathematics Department participates in UMass Dartmouth's programs to prepare teachers who are highly qualified, helping provide opportunities for students to receive both initial and professional licensure. Specifically, the department supports students who seek initial licensure as a Teacher of Mathematics (5-8) (8-12) through the MAT program. Students should indicate their interest both to their Mathematics major advisor and to an advisor in UMass Dartmouth's Education Department, to plan to take appropriate prerequisite and enrichment courses.
Degree Track Sheets for the Three Options
Student Learning Outcomes
- Content knowledge and skills: Students possess specific technical/analytical skills and conceptual understanding in core areas of mathematics including calculus, linear algebra, combinatorics, differential equations, advanced calculus (analysis) & modern algebra.
- Context and modeling: Students connect different areas of mathematics with other disciplines; they effectively use the interplay between applications and problem-solving, applying what they know from one realm to answer questions from another. Students use concepts and skills from the core areas to formulate mathematical models and solve multi-step problems. Students demonstrate knowledge of a discipline making significant use of mathematics.
- Mathematical rigor: Students are able to reason rigorously in mathematical arguments. They can follow abstract mathematical arguments and write their own proofs.
- Communication: Students are able to communicate mathematics: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students make effective use of the library, conduct research and make oral and written presentations of their findings.
- Computers: Students are able to write programs or use mathematical software to explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems and to verify analytical calculations.
- Flexible problem solving: Students are able to transfer facts, concepts, and skills learned in a given context to solve problems in novel settings.