To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Science, Mathematics, and Technology.
Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean. The guidelines are found in many academic publications.
Disciplinary — A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.
Interdisciplinary — The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines.
Problem Oriented — A program of study organized around a problem.
Professional/Vocational — A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entails inquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.
Thematic — A program of study focusing on a particular theme or set of ideas.
Concentrations in Science, Mathematics and Technology (SMT) may include work in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry and biology), mathematics, computer science and a range of technological, applied science and health-related fields. Organizing frameworks may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, thematic,problem oriented or professional/vocational.
Since knowledge in Science, Mathematics and Technology is rapidly and continually evolving, students must develop an awareness of the field or area as an ongoing area of inquiry, including knowledge of recent developments. They should develop skills for acquiring knowledge independently, in order to avoidscientific and technological obsolescence.
SMT degrees should demonstrate both breadth and depth. Degrees should be designed to provide the student with an understanding of the definition andscope of a field or area, including its fundamental laws and concepts. SMT students should also pursue a progression of study that leads to thedevelopment of in-depth knowledge and skills, and an increasingly critical and sophisticated understanding of the theoretical and conceptual models of thefield.
Students with degree programs in Science, Mathematics and Technology should demonstrate:
Additional specific guidelines have been developed for concentrations in the following areas:
Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines
Area of Study: Science, Mathematics, and Technology Guidelines for Students Matriculated Before January 1, 2009