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Maharishi University of Management to begin offering integrated science major

Maharishi University of Management-The Review    Translate This Article
Fairfield, United States
18 February 2004

Beginning next year students intending to major in one of the sciences will take a new integrated sciences major and will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences.

According to Cathy Gorini, dean of the Undergraduate College, the change came partly in response to the diverse needs of the students. 'We have a very diverse student body with different interests, and we want to satisfy everyone.'

She said that at many universities an undergraduate science degree is primarily preparation for graduate school. But while some of our students intend to do graduate work, others are looking for a degree that will give them knowledge they can practically apply in industry and other contexts.

The goal is a degree that meets these varying needs. 'Whatever the students go into afterwards, they'll be prepared,' Dr. Gorini said.

At the heart of the new curriculum will be a group of required mathematics and computer science courses, since these two disciplines are both so fundamental to any scientific endeavor.

'Increasingly mathematics is at the basis of all the sciences, with the goal being to develop mathematical models to understand phenomena and make predictions,' Dr. Gorini said.

In addition to the mathematics and computer science courses, the students will have the opportunity to take electives in a particular area of science, including biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as an elective in information systems offered by the management department.

Because of the emphasis on applications, Dr. Gorini said that this new degree will also be of value to those students intending to specialize in mathematics. She said that even those students who are intending to be mathematics teachers must be skilled in practical applications because it's important that their students understand the applications of mathematics.

Dr. Gorini said that the new integrated sciences major will also enrich the learning experience of students by creating larger class sizes. In recent years fewer students have chosen to major in a science relative to those choosing disciplines such as management and art, resulting in class sizes of just a few students. With the new curriculum, the students will share more classes. This will create optimal class sizes of 8-15 students and make it easier to offer educationally rich activities such as small-group projects.

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