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ERIC Number: ED017460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Jan
Pages: 33
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Reference Count: 0
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TENTATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICS PROGRAM OF STUDENTS IN THE BIOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCES.
DUREN, WILLIAM L.
THIS REPORT DESCRIBES A PROGRAM FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE MATHEMATICAL PREPARATION OF STUDENTS IN THE BIOLOGICAL, MANAGEMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (BMSS). THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS A SEQUENCE OF COURSES WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE VARIED TRAINING IN MATHEMATICS IN THE LIMITED TIME BMSS STUDENTS HAVE AVAILABLE. OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE ARE ELEMENTARY ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS, AND LINEAR ALGEBRA. THE PRINCIPAL IDEAS UNDERLYING THE SEQUENCE FOR BMSS STUDENTS ARE (1) MATHEMATICS IS NEEDED PRIMARILY AS A LANGUAGE FOR SCIENTIFIC REASONING, (2) BMSS STUDENTS DO NOT NEED AS MUCH TRAINING IN DETAILED TECHNIQUES AS DO MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE STUDENTS, (3) IT IS UNREASONABLE TO EXPEND AS MUCH TIME ON RIGOROUS PROOFS FOR BMSS STUDENTS AS FOR MATHEMATICS MAJORS, AND (4) MORE STRESS SHOULD BE PLACED ON APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE OF SPECIAL INTEREST IN THE BIOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE FALL INTO THREE PARTS--(1) A BASIC FOUR-COURSE, TWO-YEAR SEQUENCE FOR BMSS STUDENTS, (2) A TWO-COURSE PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS SEQUENCE, AND (3) SOME ADVANCED COURSES THAT SERVE AS ELECTIVES. THE COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM IN MATHEMATICS IS CONVINCED THAT THE REQUIREMENT OF SIX COURSES--THE BASIC SEQUENCE PLUS THE PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS SEQUENCE--IS MINIMAL FOR FUTURE GRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE BMSS AREAS. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE WITHOUT CHARGE FROM CUPM CENTRAL OFFICE, P. O. BOX 1024, BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA 94701. (RP)
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Authoring Institution: Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA; NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION