Undergraduate Program Mission and Learning Goals

Undergraduate Program Mission

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Montana is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education. We teach mathematics at all levels, we advance the mathematical sciences through our research, and we serve the university, state and nation by sharing our mathematical expertise through outreach, consultation and collaboration.

The mission of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics is to provide education and training in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education to empower students for productive careers.  We assist students in developing their skills in abstract reasoning and clear communication to help them become engaged citizens and leaders.  As part of our mission, we provide:

  • Quantitative literacy general education courses for all undergraduate students
  • Mathematics and statistics courses for students preparing for careers in fields other than mathematics
  • A quality program of mathematical specialization, including:
    • A minor in mathematics
    • A major in mathematics (BA) with optional concentrations in various specializations
    • A combined major in computer science and mathematical sciences (BS)
      (joint with the Department of Computer Science)
    • A certificate in data science (Big Data Analytics)
      (joint with the Departments of Computer Science and Management Information Systems)
  • Academic support services:
    • Active advising of math majors to help them reach their goals
    • Tutoring support for quantitative literacy courses through the Math Learning Center
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Opportunities for community outreach 

Math Major Learning Goals

The undergraduate mathematics major is intentionally very flexible, giving students the opportunity to develop, in conjunction with their tenure-track or professional advisor, a program of studies suitable for their particular interests and goals. The department offers a significant number of capstone courses at the 400-level, and each major must take at least three of them. The department’s assessment of the student learning goals is based on an individual assessment of all math majors in these advanced courses.

Student Learning Goals:

  1. Calculus.  Students will learn the standard results of calculus, and will be able to use them in a variety of applications.
  2. Proof and logical reasoning.  Students will develop clear analytical thinking skills as demonstrated by rigorous reasoning in mathematical arguments.
  3. Writing and communication.  Students will develop the ability to clearly communicate mathematics in writing.
  4. Specialized knowledge at an advanced level.  Students will learn the standard results of one or more specialized area of mathematics at a level appropriate for advanced undergraduates.