Assessment of Undergraduate Programs
Math Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Mathematics Department at San Jose State University is to offer undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in Mathematics that prepare students to pursue continuing graduate study, to work in industry, and to teach in secondary schools or community colleges. We strive to teach our students to communicate mathematical ideas effectively and to use basic computational skills, mathematical models and technology to solve practical problems. The Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses that serve students in other departments, notably engineering, science, and business, to help them use mathematics and quantitative analysis effectively in their chosen field. The Mathematics Department strives to teach well, maintain high standards for student performance, and keep its curriculum up to date. The Department also takes pride in a faculty that is active in scholarship and research, which includes the encouragement and supervision of student research in Center for Applied Mathematics, Computation and Statistics (CAMCOS) projects and graduate student theses.
BA Math/BS Applied Math Program Learning Objectives
Goal 1 The Ability to Use and Construct Logical Arguments. The ability to reason logically to conclusions, including the ability to use precise definitions and to use various forms of logical argument.
Specific Learning Objectives to be assessed:

Ability to give direct proofs

Ability to give proofs by contradiction

Ability to give proofs by mathematical induction

Ability to apply definitions to give proofs

Ability to give proofs and disproofs involving quantified statements
Specific Learning Objectives to be assessed:

Ability to state a problem accurately, articulate assumptions, and describe a method of solution

Ability to conduct independent investigation of mathematical concepts at the undergraduate level

Ability to give written reports and oral presentations that include mathematical context which is mathematically accurate, yet accessible to classmates
Specific Learning Objectives to be assessed:

Ability to evaluate limits

Ability to calculate derivatives and integrals

Ability to determine regions of convergence 4. Ability to apply properties of algebraic and transcendental functions
Specific Learning Objectives to be assessed:

Ability to write programs to solve mathematical problems

Ability to use a mathematical programming environment such as MATLAB or Maple

Ability to interpret numerical results

Ability to understand that there are limits to numerical accuracy
Specific Learning Objectives to be assessed:

Ability to extract relevant information from a practical problem and give a mathematical formulation of the problem

Ability to use numerical results to validate (or modify) a model and to understand the limitation of a model

Ability to clearly describe models, including an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of models and their relationship to the underlying problem
BA Math/BS Applied Math Assessment/Program Planning Schedule

BA Math 

BS Applied Math 


Last assessment 
Next Assessment 
Last Assessment 
Next Assessment 
Goal 1 
Math 108 F10 
Math 108 F14 
NA 
NA 
Goal 2 
Math 104 S07 
Math 104 S13 
Math 161B S07 
Math 161B S13 
Goal 3 
Math 138 S12 
Math 138 
Math 138 S12 
Math 138 
Goal 4 
Math 143M F11 
Math 143C 
Math 143M F11 
Math 143C 
Goal 5 
NA 
NA 
Math 178 S11 
Math 178 S15 
SelfReview 
Fall 2008 
Spring 2013 
Fall 2008 
Spring 2013 
External Review 
Spring 2009 
Fall 2013 
Spring 2009 
Fall 2013 
Assessment Links
Assessment of WASC Rubric for BA/BS Math
Math Dept Assessment Report 20092010 BABS Math