Learning Outcomes | Mathematics

After Pacific | The Pacific University mathematics program prepares students to excel in careers and advanced studies in a wide variety of disciplines — including actuarial science, financial mathematics, mathematical biology, mathematics research, education, law, engineering and business. Our graduates are actuarial science professionals, math finance officers, software developers, research assistants in the healthcare and government sectors, and mathematics instructors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing mathematics courses will:

  • Have developed rigorous reasoning skills
  • Exhibit computational competence
  • Be able to apply mathematical strategies in applied contexts
  • Be able to use technology, where appropriate, to assist in problem solving
  • Have learned mathematical concepts and skills relevant to their chosen field

Students completing a major in mathematics will:

  • Students will display algorithmic literacy in their construction, execution, and analysis of problem-solving and calculation routines.
  • Students will adhere to precision and rigorous logical reasoning in their own constructions and critiques of formal mathematical proofs.
  • Students will translate problems from across disciplines into mathematical models, allowing for the leveraging of sophisticated mathematical theory.
  • Students will effectively communicate complex mathematical ideas and carefully reasoned arguments both orally and in writing.

Program Purpose

The Mathematics major provides students a strong mathematics foundation with emphases in several key areas including analysis, abstract algebra and applied mathematics. Students completing this major typically pursue careers in applied mathematics, enter graduate programs in mathematics and other fields, and complete certification requirements to teach mathematics in K-12.

Mathematics majors learn abstract mathematical constructs and paradigms. They develop logical thinking and communication skills through argumentation and proof. Students study methods of mathematical modeling, and develop confidence and competence in developing models and carrying out algorithms. Students learn to read and speak the language of mathematics. Graduates of our program have gone on to engage in a wide variety of post-graduate activities, including work in mathematics, data analytics, software development, or science-related fields, or graduate study in mathematics, engineering, law, computer science, and education.