Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

 

Introduction

There has been huge expansion of higher education in the country since 2004 bringing both the total number of higher education institutions and their annual intakes to record high. Thus it is not difficult to imagine the impact of the expansion on the quality, standard and relevance of the various programs in higher education institutions. As a result the MOE formed six clusters from all public universities and designed a relatively common and standardized curriculum in six areas of science in 2008. These curricula have been implemented since 2008/09 academic year.

Currently, the MOE felt the need to further strengthen and harmonize these curricula so as to properly address the prevailing issues of quality, standard and relevance of higher education. Consequently, for each program of the science faculties, a task force of experts was commissioned by the Higher education Strategy Center (HESC) to prepare a harmonized curriculum seasoned with relevant contents and quality improvement strategies.

Accordingly, the mathematics harmonization team studied the curricula of the various national universities and found some of the following irregularities:

  • difference in the total credit hours of compulsory courses,
  • difference in the list of supportive courses,
  • not matching course description with the course contents,
  • course contents and course codes being beyond BSc level,
  • not containing objectives, learning outcomes, teaching-learning and assessment methods ,
  • poorly written course objectives, and
  • some departments containing less important general education courses.

The above irregularities are corrected in the harmonized draft curriculum.

More over the team has also studied the curricula of a number of European universities in particular of those participated in the Bologna process and incorporated the good practices such as:

  • setting the format of course specifications,
  • developing the graduate profiles and matching them with course contents,
  • developing objectives and learning outcomes,
  • improving the contents of the courses we offer, and
  • course descriptions and course outlines of some elective courses of senior years.

The good practices are incorporated in the following harmonized curriculum of B. Sc degree program in mathematics. The team also studied the Ethiopian Preparatory schools curricula and found that there is no gap between the curricula and the universitys’ mathematics curriculum.

Program Objectives

General Objectives

  • To train qualified, adaptable, motivated, and responsible mathematicians who will contribute to the scientific and technological development of Ethiopia
  • To impact knowledge by teaching
  • To advance knowledge by research

Specific Objectives

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques of mathematics.
  • To develop mathematical thinking, reasoning and an appreciation of mathematics as a primary language of science.
  • To develop the mathematical skills needed in modeling and solving practical problems.
  • To prepare students for graduate studies in mathematics and related fields.
  • Particpate in proffessional activities
  • Assist in teaching material preparation
  • To produce graduates in mathematics that are adaptable to teach in secondary schools, colleges, universities and work in industries, research institutes etc.

Graduate Profile

A graduate of this program will be able to:

  • acquire adequate mathematical knowledge to teach in secondary schools, colleges and universities
  • pursue graduate studies in mathematics and related fields of study
  • set up mathematical models, formulate algorithm and implement them using numerical methods
  • assist and participate in conducting research
  • reason logically and think critically
  • demonstrate environmental, social, cultural and political awareness
  • act in an ethical manner, recognize and be guided by social, professional and ethical issues involved in his/her career in particular and in the community in general
  • exercise the power of self expression

Admission Requirements

Besides the successfully completion of the preparatory program, a student should meet university admission policy. Diploma holders can apply for admission as per the regulation of the university for advanced standing.

Graduation Requirements

A student must obtain a minimum of 2.00 CGPA, a minimum of 2.00 major GPA and should have no ‘F’ in any course he/she took. The total credit hours required is indicated below:

  Category Cr. hrs
Compulsory 66
Elective 9
Supportive 22
General 12
    Total 109