Math and/or Science

Georgetown College has instituted new math and science designations for students entering in the Fall 2019 semester and beyond. The previously unified math and science requirement has been broken down into two separate requirements: Mathematics/Computer Science and Science For All.

Students entering in Fall 2019 or later should follow these directions.

Students enrolled prior to Fall 2019 should follow these directions.

FALL 2019 and later

Mathematics/Computer Science

Every student in the College must complete a course in the department of mathematics or the department of computer science. Engagement in these disciplines helps students develop quantitative literacy, facility with data and statistics, symbolic and visual representations, numeracy, and related capacities that are essential when navigating the data-rich environments in the world today. Problem solving and logical reasoning are greatly enhanced by work in these fields; acute sensitivity to quantitative methods and reasoning is essential to informed citizenship and ethical leadership.

The core requirement in math or computer science may be fulfilled by completing one course in either of these departments, excluding MATH-029.

SCIENCE FOR ALL

Every student will take one course to satisfy the Science for All requirement. These courses, identified by the “Science for All” attribute in the schedule and varying by semester, aim to illustrate, in the context of a scientific discipline, how scientific understanding is developed, tested, and revised. Science For All courses will help and encourage students to understand better the significant role that science plays in their daily lives, and will include examples of the use of scientific methods in addressing complex social problems and of the ethical issues that science can raise.

The natural sciences, and the technologies that they enable, are woven deeply into the fabric of our lives and are central to many of the important political and social challenges that we face.  They are also pinnacles of intellectual accomplishment in humanity’s ancient and ongoing quest to understand the world in which we live. Thus we believe that to function as liberally educated, ethically responsible citizens, stewards of the planet, and as effective leaders, all Georgetown students should understand scientific modes of thought and concepts, both in the abstract and as they are exemplified in at least one major area of scientific inquiry.  The Science For All core requirement is grounded in these beliefs.

The core requirement in Science for All may be fulfilled by completing a course with the "Science for All" attribute in the Schedule of Classes.

PRE-FALL 2019

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 2018:

  • BIOL-013 Issues in Biology
  • BIOL-014 Ecology of Cities
  • BIOL-017 Plants, People and Climate (1.5 credits)
  • CHEM-025 Intro to Forensic Chemistry
  • COSC-018 Networks, Crowds, and Markets    
  • PHYS-014 Physics for Future Leaders
  • PHYS-016 The Physics of Climate Change (1.5 credits)
  • PHYS-017 Science of Sound and Sight    
  • PSYC-234 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • ENST-017 Climate, Water and People (1.5 credits)
  • BCHB-102 The Human Body: Health and Disease
  • STIA-370 Oceanography

Math and computer science courses for non-majors in the fall of 2018:

  • COSC-010 Introduction to Information Technology
  • MATH-004 Mathematics in Society

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.