Math and/or Science

Through the core requirement in math/science, the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and statistics, and physics aim to develop an appreciation of the role of scientific knowledge in our modern culture and improve the abilities of all students to participate in the scientific decisions required of us as citizens and active members of our communities.

The core requirement in math/science may be fulfilled by completing two courses in either of the following two patterns:

1) Any two of the following foundational courses for math/science majors:

  • BIOL-103/113 (Foundations of Biology I)
  • BIOL-104/114 (Foundations in Biology II)
  • CHEM-001/009 or 055/057 (General Chemistry I, Gen Chem for Majors I)
  • CHEM-002/010 or 056/058 (General Chemistry II, Gen Chem for Majors II)
  • COSC-051 (Computer Science I)
  • COSC-052 (Computer Science II)
  • MATH-035 (Calculus I)
  • MATH-036 (Calculus II)
  • MATH-040 (Probability and Statistics)
  • PHYS-101 (Principles of Physics I)
  • PHYS-102 (Principles of Physics II)
  • PHYS-151 (Mechanics)
  • PHYS-152 (Electromagnetic Phenomena)

2) Any two courses provided that one is taken in biology, chemistry, or physics and the other in computer science or math. 

This latter option allows students to fulfill the requirement with courses specifically designed for students who do not plan to major in a math or science program. Students can search for these courses in the Schedule of Classes by selecting either “College/Non-Maj Math/Cosc” or “College/Non-Maj Bio/Chem/Phys” under attribute type.

Biology, chemistry, and physics courses for non-majors in the fall of 2016:

  • BCHB-102 The Human Body: Health/Disease
  • BIOL-018 Plants and Civilization
  • CHEM-020 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM-025 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM-030 Energy and Sustainability
  • ENST- 370/STIA 370 Oceans
  • PHYS-017 Science of Sound and Sight
  • PSYC-234 Cognitive Neuroscience

Math and computer science courses for non-majors in the fall of 2016:

  • COSC-010 Introduction to Information Technology
  • MATH-004 Mathematics in Society
  • MATH-007 Intro: Math Modeling

Please note: Students who plan to pursue upper-level coursework in economics should take both MATH-035 and ECON-121 (Economic Statistics) rather than MATH-040 (Probability and Statistics). Students who plan to pursue upper-level coursework in psychology should take MATH-040. Students who intend to apply to the minor in business administration at the end of sophomore year should take MATH-035 and either MATH-040 or ECON-121.

Please note that the Undergraduate Bulletin for the academic year in which the student matriculated is the ultimate authority on all degree requirements.