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.
Degree programs with a concentration in Science, Mathematics and Technology should include:
Since knowledge in Science, Mathematics and Technology is rapidly and continually evolving, students in this area should develop skills for acquiring knowledge independently, in order to avoid scientific and technological obsolescence. Skill in pursuing knowledge independently involves:
Finally, the student’s degree studies should provide an awareness of the wider context in which science and technology operate. This includes such elementsas:
It is not necessary that everything in the previously listed areas of knowledge, skills and competencies be included explicitly in student degreeprograms as specific study topics. Students should, however, address the way in which their proposed SMT program responds to these guidelines; this couldcertainly be included within the description and discussion contained in the degree program rationale.
Additional specific guidelines have been developed for concentrations in the following areas:
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.
Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines
Area of Study: Science, Mathematics, and Technology Guidelines for Students Matriculated After January 1, 2009