Concentrations in science, mathematics and technology (SMT) may include work in the natural sciences (physics, chemistry and biology), mathematics, computer science and a range of technological, applied science and health-related fields. Organizing frameworks may be disciplinary, interdisciplinary, thematic, problem oriented or professional/vocational.
Degree programs in science, mathematics and technology should include:
Since knowledge in science, mathematics and technology is rapidly and continually evolving, students in this area should develop skills for acquiring knowledge independently, in order to avoid scientific and technological obsolescence. Skill in pursuing knowledge independently involves:
Finally, the student’s degree studies should provide an awareness of the wider context in which science and technology operate. This includes such elements as:
It is not necessary that everything in the previously listed areas of knowledge, skills and competencies be included explicitly in student degree programs as specific study topics. Students should, however, address the way in which their proposed SMT program responds to these guidelines; this could certainly be included within the description and discussion contained in the degree program rationale.
Additional specific guidelines have been developed for concentrations in the following areas:
biologychemistrycomputer scienceenvironmental scienceinformation systemsinformation technologymathematicsphysicstechnology
Revised February 1993