Lake Superior State University
   
     

 

The Spiral

LSSU Mission/Vision
Departmental Mission
Departmental Goals
Math Program Goals
Math Minor Goals
Math Course Goals for Non-Majors
Computer-related Program Goals
CS Minor Goals
CS Course Goals for Non-Majors



LSSU Mission/Vision Statement
Our principal mission at Lake Superior State University is to help students develop their full potential. We do this by providing high-quality, academically rigorous programs in an engaged, personal and supportive environment. This combination nurtures potential and sets students on paths to rewarding careers and productive, satisfying lives. We also serve the regional, national and global communities by contributing to the growth, dissemination and application of knowledge.

Departmental Mission Statement
    The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers baccalaureate degree programs in mathematics and computer science that are designed to develop students’ full potential and to prepare graduates for professional careers, and also to provide them with the background needed to pursue further study in graduate school.
    The Department also offers computer-related associate’s degrees, designed to prepare graduates for employment in technologically challenging positions in business and industry.
    The Department provides general education support in mathematics for all academic programs across the University.
    Finally, the Department provides important foundational support in mathematics and computer science to the various academic programs offered within other units of the University.

Departmental Goals
1. Provide a high quality undergraduate education that fosters life-long learning, is current, fits projected careers of graduates, and makes graduates competitive as they enter business, industry or graduate school.
2. Provide an environment that utilitizes faculty, staff, and administration in a way that is responsive to the needs of our students and society.
3. Provide appropriate opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to enhance their personal and professional growth.
4. Offer programs which focus on the fundamental technical and non-technical principles and emphasize applications of these principles for business and industrial careers.
5. Offer programs that are recognized as high quality through periodic external reviews.
6. Provide a superior faculty and staff, state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and other resources to fulfill and enhance the Department's viability, productivity and effectiveness.
7. Deliver courses, including capstone experiences, which incorporate and develop skills in communication and technology relevant to the student’s degree.
8. Deliver courses that provide a service to programs outside of mathematics and computer science.

Program Goals for Mathematics Majors

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  4. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  5. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  6. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  7. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Actuarial & Business Application
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in mathematics: actuarial & business application, from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of financial management, mathematics of finance, macroeconomics and accounting principles.
  4. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  8. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Secondary Teaching
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in mathematics: secondary teaching, from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Use their knowledge of the historical background of mathematics in enriching their own lives and the lives of their future students.
  4. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  8. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.
  9. Make connections of mathematical ideas to other ideas both inside of and outside of mathematics.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics: Elementary Teaching
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in mathematics: elementary teaching, from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Use their knowledge of the historical background of mathematics in enriching their own lives and the lives of their future students.
  4. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  8. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.
  9. Make connections of mathematical ideas to other ideas both inside of and outside of mathematics.

Program Goals for Mathematics Minors  

Minor in Mathematics
Upon completion of a minor in mathematics from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  3. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  4. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  5. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  6. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.

Minor in Mathematics, Secondary Teaching
Upon completion of a minor in mathematics, secondary teaching from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Use their knowledge of the historical background of mathematics in enriching their own lives and the lives of their future students.
  4. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  8. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.
  9. Make connections of mathematical ideas to other ideas both inside of and outside of mathematics.

Minor in Mathematics, Elementary Teaching
Upon completion of a minor in mathematics, elementary teaching from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  2. Demonstrate technical mathematical skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, calculus, and statistics for solving problems.
  3. Use their knowledge of the historical background of mathematics in enriching their own lives and the lives of their future students.
  4. Use software and other technology to solve problems.
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.
  8. Communicate mathematically in their profession and the broader community.
  9. Make connections of mathematical ideas to other ideas both inside of and outside of mathematics.

Goals for Math Courses taken by Non-Majors
(General Education, Service, Dual and Developmental Education)

General Education Courses
Upon completion of any general education mathematics course from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:
Analyze situations symbolically and quantitatively in order to make decisions and solve problems.

Service Courses
Upon completion of any service mathematics course from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the numerical, algebraic, statistical and analytic skills needed in their major.
  2. Analyze data and solve problems presented in the context of real world situations with emphasis on model creation, dimensional analysis and interpretation.
  3. Effectively communicate the substance and meaning of mathematical problems and solutions.
  4. Use technology to solve mathematical problems

Dual Purpose Courses
Upon completion of any mathematics course required by both mathematics and other disciplines from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:
Meet requirements necessary for both the mathematics and the serviced program.

Developmental Education
Upon completion of any general education mathematics course from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Provide refresher skills in mathematics that will prepare students for success in a college level credit-bearing mathematics course.
  2. Provide foundational life skills in mathematics.

Program Goals for Computer-related Majors

Associate Degree in Computer Science
Upon completion of an associate degree in computer science from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Design and develop a small computer software application.
  2. Effectively use current software tools including operating systems, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, communication software, and the Internet.
  3. Use operating systems and integrated software packages.
  4. Use current software technologies and be able to demonstrate those skills to solve a wide range of business and industrial problems.
  5. Perform simple troubleshooting on a computer network system.
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Associate Degree in Internet/Network Specialist
Upon completion of an associate degree in Internet/network specialist from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively use current software tools including operating systems, word processors, programming languages, databases, communication software, and the Internet.
  2. Design and develop simple web sites.
  3. Use current network technologies and be able to demonstrate those skills to solve a wide range of business and industrial network problems.
  4. Effectively communicate with all levels of management in the business world. 
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the needs of a user, design a computer software system to satisfy those needs, and write and debug computer programs.
  2. Design and develop software tools including operating systems, utilities, and communication software.
  3. Design and implement a database system.
  4. Develop software interfaces and computer graphics packages.
  5. Communicate with professionals in the field.
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Apply business principles including topics of accounting, business administration, economics, finance, management, and marketing.
  2. Design and develop computer applications.
  3. Apply perspectives on applications of computer technology on business topics such as database applications, systems analysis, and decision support and expert systems.
  4. Apply computer technology in a business environment.
  5. Develop computer solutions and oversee their implementation.
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer networking from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the needs of a user, to design a computer network system to satisfy those needs, and to modify and maintain the network environment relative to both hardware and software.
  2. Install and configure the most popular network operating systems.
  3. Install and configure personal computer and networking hardware.
  4. Design and develop commercial web sites and supporting applications.
  5. Design and implement appropriate security, intrusion detection, and troubleshooting techniques and methodologies in a communication network.
  6. Successfully pass industry certification exams.
  7. Communicate with professionals in the field.
  8. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  9. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer and mathematical sciences from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the needs of a user, to design a computer software system to satisfy those needs, and to write and debug computer programs using the modern software tools to implement the designed system.
  2. Demonstrate a fundamental and foundational knowledge of mathematics by developing quantitative and abstract reasoning skills in order to increase a conceptual understanding of logical structures and axiomatic systems.
  3. Create mathematical models and use their mathematical and analytical skills to solve real-world problems.
  4. Use operating systems and integrated software packages.
  5. Combine mathematics and computing to solve a wide range of business and industrial problems.
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science / Secondary Teaching
Upon completion of a bachelor of science degree in computer science / secondary teaching from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the content knowledge needed to teach computer science at the secondary education level.
  2. Use the proper methods in teaching computer science at the secondary education level.
  3. Successfully pass the required state certification exam.
  4. Install, maintain, and troubleshoot computer systems and networks at the school at which they work.
  5. Integrate material established by the guidelines for computer science education of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Program Goals for Computer-related Minors

Minor in Computer Science
Upon completion of a minor in computer science from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Design and develop a small computer software application.
  2. Effectively use current software tools including operating systems, word processors, spreadsheets, databases, communication software, and the Internet.
  3. Use operating systems and integrated software packages.
  4. Use current software technologies and be able to demonstrate those skills to solve a wide range of business and industrial problems.
  5. Perform simple troubleshooting on a computer network system.
  6. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  7. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Minor in Computer Science / Teaching
Upon completion of a minor in computer science / teaching from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the content knowledge needed to teach computer science.
  2. Use the proper methods in teaching computer science.
  3. Successfully pass the required state certification exam.
  4. Integrate material established by the guidelines for computer science education of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
  5. Use their acquired skills in the pursuit of a job and/or graduate school.
  6. Continue to acquire new knowledge for life-long learning in pursuit of their professional and personal goals.

Goals for Computer Science Courses taken by Non-Majors
(Service and Dual Purpose)

Service Courses
Upon completion of any service computer science course from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of computing hardware, software, and networking.
  2. Proficiently use word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, Internet, and web development software.
  3. Effectively communicate about computer hardware, software, and networking.

Dual Purpose Courses
Upon completion of any computer science course required by both computer science and other disciplines from Lake Superior State University, students will be able to:
Meet requirements necessary for both the computer science and the serviced program.