In the AOK Natural and Mathematical Sciences category, all emphasize courses either
the natural or mathematical sciences. At least one of the four courses must be in
mathematics. At least two of the four courses must have a laboratory components
and at least one of these courses must be in the natural sciences. The term "Mathematical
Sciences" here is meant to include mathematics, statistics, and computer science.
Scientific and mathematical knowledge plays an important role both in shaping our
society and in facilitating a deeper understanding of our world. Knowledge gained
from life- and physical-science laboratory courses allows students to understand
in more practical and concrete ways their own physical makeup and the natural world
around them. Knowledge gained from computer science courses allows students to utilize
and understand an essential (and rapidly changing) tool for discovery in the sciences,
mathematics, and many other disciplines. Knowledge gained in mathematics courses
provides students with the analytical skills necessary to investigate and solve
problems, and enables students to apply greater clarity and precision of thought
to future endeavors. Since these students will become voters, parents, teachers,
and legislators, both these students and society in general will benefit from an
educational experience that includes exposure to the natural and mathematical sciences.
Graduates of the College should have knowledge of the major principles of natural
and mathematical science, an appreciation of the powers and limitations of these
disciplines, and an understanding of current issues in science and technology. They
should gain laboratory experience and experience in utilizing technology, as these
are fundamental for the acquisition of much of this knowledge. They should have
ability in mathematical thinking, and in the formal written communication of such
thinking, as these provide a precise means of describing phenomena in the realm
of natural and computer science, and contribute to one’s ability to think rationally.
They should have the ability to design and implement algorithms or experiments to
further such knowledge.
Students must meet at least one of the following learning objectives:
A course in the Science and Mathematics Area of Knowledge must meet at least one
of the following conditions (in addition to those specified for Computer Science,