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Mathematics and Natural Science


The purpose of the mathematics component is to deepen the student’s understanding of mathematical reasoning, address some of the prevalent misconceptions of mathematics, and demonstrate both the usefulness and limitations of mathematical models in a variety of applications. This requirement addresses mathematical thinking and skills; written and oral communication; and analytical, synthetic and systematic thinking.


The purpose of the natural and applied science component is to deepen the student's understanding of the processes of science and the way in which science interprets the world. The science component focuses both on “doing” science, and on the influence of science and technology on both society and the environment.

Courses will emphasize the hands-on nature of science. This requirement pushes students to explore questions about what it means to be physical beings in a physical world and how to live in a changing world. In addition, it enables them to understand and constructively engage technology.

Associated Student Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes will be introduced in all mathematics and natural and applied sciences courses:

1. Examine fundamental or emerging questions about humanity, the natural world, or God by seeking answers through different modes of inquiry.

5. Analyze evidence or data to solve problems, reach informed conclusions or make sound judgements.

In addition, Natural Science and Applied lab course will introduce outcome 4:

4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate to a specific audience by employing multiple approaches, media, or languages.

Courses (10 Credits)

The total mathematics/natural science requirement is ten credits. There are a variety of ways in which this requirement can be satisfied; the options differ depending on whether the student is a science or non-science major.

For non-science majors: Take any combination of ten credits in the natural and applied sciences division, with the stipulation that two credits be in mathematics and that one course include a lab (NSL). The remaining credits may be a combination of GEMS, mathematics courses or science disciplinary courses (biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geological and environmental sciences, physics).

For science majors: Courses already required in the sciences and mathematics for natural and applied science division majors will satisfy this requirement, however, at least two disciplines must be represented.