Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate competence with the formal language and structure of mathematical proofs by explicating and applying concepts, theorems, or standard proofs, providing and/or analyzing relevant examples and counterexamples, and demonstrating the reasoning skills necessary to construct logically correct and well-structured proofs.
  • Demonstrate competence with the formal language and structure of applied mathematical or statistical theory by synthesizing and applying concepts and techniques, demonstrating the reasoning skills necessary to construct logically correct, well-structured mathematical models or statistical analyses, and explaining both how applied mathematical or statistical theory gives rise to commonly used techniques, and the assumptions behind those techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand the relationship between scientific concepts and their mathematical representations by analyzing quantitative information from such relationships between scientific concepts and their mathematical representations, implementing analytical or numerical techniques and computations for a given task, and demonstrating the ability to carry out those computations.
  • Demonstrate qualitative skills, such as the ability to translate real-world problems into mathematical language, choose and apply analytical, statistical, or numerical strategies and techniques, provide exact or approximate solutions or partial solutions to problems as required, and interpret and explain the results and the assumptions behind those results as well as the appropriateness of the techniques chosen.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare background materials or gather data, write and produce one or more revisions seeking out peer or other reviews, and finally produce a mathematics or statistics long written assignment, a project report including an explanation of how results pertain to the research question, an exposition of mathematics or statistics, or create and give an oral presentation, in all cases tailoring the writing or presentation to a given audience.

Program Requirements

A minor in mathematics may be obtained by completing a total of 20 hours of mathematics courses, including:

MATH 210Calculus I (Focus B) GE4
or MATH 216 Calculus for Biological Sciences
MATH 220Calculus II4
One MATH/STAT course at 200-level or above3
Three MATH/STAT courses at the 300-level or above 9
Total Credits20
GE

  See http://www.umkc.edu/core/courses/