Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in computational science from Hood College:

  1. Acquire adequate knowledge of computational and applied mathematics at a level appropriate for an undergraduate through:
    • Mastering basic skills in continuous mathematics;
    • Mastering basic skills in discrete mathematics; and
    • Creating mathematical models to describe physical situations and use the models to make predictions about those situations.
  2. Attain an adequate knowledge of applied computer science and computing at a level appropriate for an undergraduate through:
    • Planning and writing programs demonstrating programming, debugging and troubleshooting skills, and
    • Analyzing a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements and specifications appropriate to its solution.
  3. Achieve an adequate knowledge of a natural science (biology, physics, chemistry) at a level that prepares them to address problems in that discipline using computational mathematics through:
    • Demonstrating proficiency in laboratory techniques and methods, and
    • Answering discipline-specific content questions in each discipline-specific course.
  4. Use the power of computing and applied mathematics to solve meaningful problems in a scientific field through:
    • Solving a scientific problem using computing and applied mathematics skills.
  5. Demonstrating skill in written and oral communication through:
    • Writing with clarity and precision, and
    • Speaking with clarity and precision.

Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hood College:

Demonstrate mastery of computational techniques and concepts through:

  • Mastering basic and advanced skills in calculus; and
  • Mastering basic and advanced skills in linear algebra.

Demonstrate skill in problem solving through:

  • Identifying appropriate mathematical techniques; and
  • Implementing techniques effectively to reach a solution.

Construct mathematical arguments through:

  • Writing proofs with sound logic, correct use of terminology and notation, and clear communication.

Demonstrate skill in written and oral communication of mathematics through:

  • Speaking about mathematics coherently and logically with mastery of disciplinary style and conventions; and
  • Writing about mathematics coherently and logically with mastery of disciplinary style and conventions.

Make effective use of the computer as a tool in mathematics through:

  • Using a computer algebra system for computation, visualization and exploration; and
  • Using a statistical package to perform calculations and interpreting the results. 


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Graduates earning a master's degree in mathematics education from Hood College:

  1. Gain an in-depth foundation of mathematics through understanding:
    • Geometry;
    • Algebra;
    • Probability, statistics and data analysis;
    • Problem solving and mathematical modeling;
    • Discrete mathematics; and 
    • Appreciating mathematics at a level appropriate for their position.
  2. Acquire best practices in mathematics education, including:
    • Understanding and describing relevant standards (NCTM, CCSS, and Maryland state standards) related to algebra, geometry, probability, statistics and problem solving;
    • Developing lesson plans that incorporate appropriate standards;
    • Integrating research about adolescent learning into mathematics instruction;
    • Differentiating instruction to create greater student success;
    • Using a variety of teaching strategies;
    • Using technology effectively in teaching mathematics;
    • Applying knowledge about mathematics teaching and learning to lesson planning and classroom practice;
    • Using multiple forms of assessment to evaluate student learning;
    • Helping various communities understand the role of mathematics and mathematics instruction in today’s world.

NBPTS Standard

  1. Commitment to Mathematics Learning of All Students
  2. Knowledge of Mathematics
  3. Knowledge of Students
  4. Knowledge of the Practice of Teaching
  5. Learning Environment
  6. Ways of Thinking Mathematically
  7. Assessment
  8. Reflection and Growth
  9. Families and Communities
  10. Professional Community





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