2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 17, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematics and Computer Science - Lyndon

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Daniel Daley, Associate Professor 
Kevin Farrell, Professor
Daisy McCoy, Professor


Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems

  • Software Engineering
  • Information Technology

Associate of Science in Computing

Minor: Mathematics

Mission Statement

Mathematics prepares students for a wide range of positions in fields such as teaching, engineering, finance, insurance, investments, social services, government, industry, and higher education. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Mathematics students benefit from the individual attention of professors as well as the program’s combination of practical and theoretical knowledge. Another mission of the department is to provide quality service to the other academic units of the University.

The Computer Information Systems curriculum prepares students for a diverse ranges of employment in the computing field. Students are exposed to many aspects of the computing field including systems analysis, software development, and computer networking and security. Students learn to use computers to solve problems in a laboratory environment while working both independently and as part of a team.


Bachelor of Art in Mathematics

Program Goals & Description

The department prepares students for a large variety of career opportunities. This goal is supplemented by a curriculum that ensures that each student graduates with both theoretical and applied knowledge in their field. This is accomplished, in part, by the use of technology, which is integrated throughout the curriculum. Graphing calculators and computer software are employed to help introduce concepts and as an aid in understanding the subject matter. The use of these tools also enables students to learn independently which is an important asset in any future career.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in mathematics

• will be able to communicate mathematics to others.
• will be able to apply mathematics to any area of study by modeling and solving problems using mathematical tools and technology and will be able to interpret the results.
• will be able to evaluate the accuracy and appropriate use of mathematical statements in the media and in statistical reports.
• will be able to write a convincing proof.
• will be able to recognize a correct proof.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

The department’s primary method of measuring student achievement levels is through the Senior Seminar. A rubric is used to measure the effectiveness of the department’s efforts to enhance student achievement levels on each Student Learning Outcome as presented in the Seminar.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and Associate of Science in Computing

Program Goals

The department offers computer science course work leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and an Associate’s Degree in Computing. Recipients of the A.S. degree might seek employment immediately or they might continue their education. Graduates may seek employment as computer programmers, software engineers, or information technology professionals. The A.S. Degree in Computing can be used to complement a Bachelor’s Degree in another major at Northern Vermont University. Typical majors making this choice are in Business, Mathematics, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Sciences programs will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in understanding and working with computer hardware, computer networks, and computer security
  • Demonstrate proficiency in designing and developing websites and/or related web application programs
  • Demonstrate capability to design, build, and utilize databases in software solutions
  • Demonstrate fluency in multiple high-level programming languages and paradigms, and exhibit this knowledge when building computer software solutions
  • Demonstrate capability to meet the computer technology needs of an organization; including troubleshooting technical issues, maintaining the infrastructure, storing data, and securing proprietary information (Information Technology concentration only)

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

All CIS majors will be assessed as part of their CIS coursework. Rubrics are used to measure the effectiveness of the department’s efforts to enhance student achievement levels on each Student Learning Outcome.

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