Mathematics

Student Learning Goals

Goal 1: Mathematical Communication. Students will read and write in mathematical contexts.

The following outcomes align with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W1 Communication. 

Outcomes:  communication skills are demonstrated by the student’s ability to

  • Read and write rigorously in mathematical arguments;
  • Present information both in writing and orally.

Goal 2:  Mathematical Reasoning.  Students will analyze, synthesize, and interpret texts, images, experiences, or other information mathematically.

The following outcomes align with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W2 Critical and Creative Thinking.

Outcomes:  critical and/or creative thinking skills are evidenced by the student’s ability to

  • Demonstrate quantitative literacy;
  • Solve problems of both an obvious and more complex nature;
  • Review and analyze information to make a quantitative judgment of significance; or solve theoretical or practical problems.

Goal 3:  Mathematical Modeling.  Students will formulate and apply mathematics to solve a broad spectrum of complex problems.

The following outcomes align with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W7 Integration and Application of Learning.

Outcomes:  integration of skills and knowledge is demonstrated by the student’s ability to

  • Make connections between theory, problem-solving and applications;
  • Identify and use appropriate technology to simulate and visualize mathematical ideas.

Goal 4:  Mathematical Research. Students will conduct research, collaboratively or independently, using methods and tools that are appropriate to the mathematics.

The following outcome aligns with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W3 Research.

Outcome:  Research skills are evidenced by the student’s ability to effectively implement the research process in the major.

The following outcome aligns with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W7 Integration and Application of Learning.

Outcome:   Integration of skills and knowledge are evidenced by the student’s ability to extend ideas or ask new questions.

Goal 5:  Interdisciplinary Knowledge. Students will achieve a depth of knowledge in mathematics and breadth of knowledge through study in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages and the arts.

The following outcome aligns with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W6 Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Knowledge.

Outcome : Depth and breadth of knowledge are evidenced by the student’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in mathematics through required coursework in the major, including at least one capstone experience such as a senior thesis.

The following outcome aligns with the WC Institutional Learning Goal W7 Integration and Application of Learning

Outcome:  Integration of skills and knowledge is demonstrated by the student’s ability to:

  • Place mathematics within the overall context of the natural sciences and the liberal arts;
  • Understand the historical and contemporary contexts in which mathematics is practiced.

Contact Information

Justin Lawrence
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Physics
717-264-4141  ext. 3119
justin.lawrence@wilson.edu