Course Catalog: Undergraduate Department of Mathematics and Science

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Ellen Faszewski, Professor and Co-Chair
Debbie Borkovitz, Associate Professor, Co-Chair
Carolin Cardamone, Assistant Professor
Samuel Cook, Assistant Professor
Galina Dobrynina, Associate Professor
Sara Levine, Assistant Professor
Lisa Lobel, Assistant Professor
Olga Katkova, Instructor
Maurice Page, Instructor
Christine Redford, Instructor

Available Programs of Study:

B.A. Mathematics for Teaching
B.A. Science for Teaching
B.A. Environmental Studies
B.A. Mathematics/Science for Teaching
B.A. Integrated Sciences
Minors, Mathematics, Life or Physical Science, Sustaina-bility (through Colleges of the Fenway)

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS

For prospective teachers: The department offers 36 and 48 credit majors in Mathematics, Science, or Mathematics and Science for Teaching. The 36 credit majors are designed to be taken in conjunction with an Elementary Education, Special Education or Eduction Studies major. The 36 credit environmental studies major is also another option for those wishing to pursue a professional degree in teaching.

Standalone programs: The department offers 48 credit majors in Environmental Studies and Integrated Sciences as well as minors in mathematics, life science, physical science. A minor in Sustainability is offered in conjunction with the Colleges of the Fenway.

Description of the programs in Mathematics, Science, and Mathematics and Science are below.

MATHEMATICS PROGRAMS:

Mathematics for Teaching Major / B.A. Degree / 36-48 credits

The learning outcomes of the Mathematics for Teaching Major are for students to:

  • Gain significant mathematical content knowledge in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and number theory, as well as some other areas, such as discrete mathematics, calculus, and/or history of mathematics.
  • Acquire numerous strategies for approaching and solving unfamiliar mathematical problems and the habit of posing new problems.
  • Recognize sound mathematical reasoning and its absence and demonstrate the ability to justify mathematical reasoning and construct formal proofs.
  • Communicate mathematical ideas orally and in writing, and independently read and comprehend mathematical texts.
  • Use appropriate technology for data analysis and interpretation, for exploring mathematical ideas, and for creating tables, graphs, pictures, and other mathematical representations.
  • Develop profound understanding of fundamental mathematics ideas vital for teaching K-8 mathematics.

Course Requirements* 24 credits

*No more than three introductory courses can count toward the major.

MAT140/141 Concepts and Processes/8 cr or

MAT 130/131/132/8-12 cr*

MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory/4 cr

MAT 245 Geometry/4 cr

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics (preferred)/4 cr or

MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences/4 cr

MAT 390 Mathematics Seminar/4 cr

*Only 8 credits will count towards the major

Mathematics Selectives 8 credits

Two mathematics courses (one advanced; one numbered 185 or higher).

STEM Selective 4 credits

Choose one of the following:

Another mathematics course numbered 185 or higher.

A science course: must be approved by a mathematics ad-visor

A computer programming or engineering course (most likely taken at a COF school: must be approved by a mathematics advisor).

Courses chosen as the selective may not be used to fulfill a General Education Requirement or as support courses for an education major.

48 Credit Mathematics for Teaching Major*:

*No more than four introductory courses can count toward the major.All requirements of the 36 credit Mathematics for Teaching Major, plus the following three additional courses:

One math selective numbered 185 or higher

One advanced mathematics selective

One approved STEM selective

SCIENCE PROGRAMS

Science for Teaching Major/ B.A. Degree/ 36-48 credits

The learning outcomes of science programs include:

  • Scientific process: Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative process of science, as the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to address research questions by identifying, synthesizing and applying appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources.
  • Content Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts of life, physical and earth sciences and make interdisciplinary connections across the various domains of science.
  • Communication Skills: Demonstrate strong capacity to communicate ideas with diverse groups in a range of con-texts through multiple modalities.
  • Technology: Demonstrate ability to use appropriate technology for data collection, analysis and interpretation, for exploring scientific and mathematical ideas, and for creating tables, graphs, pictures, and other representations for dissemination of findings.
  • Context: Demonstrate awareness of the relevance of science in everyday life & the media, and understand the relationship between science and other areas of study such as history, politics, ethics and economics.

Science for Teaching Major / B.A. Degree / 36-48 credits

Course Requirements* 8-12 credits

*No more than four courses in the major can be at the introductory level.

MAT 130/131/132 or MAT 140/141 Concepts and Processes

(The above courses are taken as support courses for the major and the credits for these courses do not count toward the major.)

Core courses 12 credits

PSC 184 Science Inquiry and the Earth 4 cr

MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking/4 cr

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 cr

Students must also take 2 selectives from each of the following areas: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science (24 credits)

Life Science:

Introductory/Intermediate (choose one):

LSC 151 Introduction to Plants and Animals/4cr

LSC 152 Nutrition/4cr

LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr

LSC 250 Human Physiology/4 cr

LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr

LSC 254 Introduction to Marine Biology/4 cr

LSC 257 Animal Behavior/4 cr

LSC 280 Biology of Reproduction/4 cr

Advanced (choose one):

LSC 302 Human Diseases/4 cr

LSC 305 Human Genetics/4 cr

LSC 330 Natural History of New England/4 cr

LSC 335 Environmental Impacts/4 cr

LSC 399 Field Study in Human Biology/4 cr

Physical Science:

Introductory (choose one):

PSC 140 Physics of Sports/4 cr

PSC 161 The Solar System/4 cr

PSC 191 The Physical Universe/4 cr

Intermediate (choose one):

PSC 251 Principles of Chemistry/4 cr

PSC 256 Investigating Green Energy/4 cr

PSC 220 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe/4 cr

Earth Science:

Introductory (choose one):

PSC 161 The Solar System/4 cr

PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth/4 cr

Intermediate/Advanced (choose one):

LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr

PSC 255 Natural Disasters/ 4cr

PSC 256 Investigating Green Energy/4 cr

PSC 301 Meteorology/4 cr

PSC 399 Field Studies in Environmental Science/4 cr

48 Credit Science for Teaching Major*

*No more than four courses in the major can be at the introductory level.

All requirements of the 36 credit Science for Teaching Major, plus two additional science selectives (at least one advanced), and one approved STEM selective.

STEM Selective (4 credits):Choose one of the following:

  • Another mathematics course numbered 185 or higher
  • An intermediate or advanced science course must be approved by a science advisor
  • A computer programming or engineering course (most likely taken at a COF school: must be approved by a science advisor)

Courses chosen as the selective may not be used to fulfill a General Education requirement or as support courses for an education major.

Environmental Studies/ B.A. Degree / 36-48 credits

The major in environmental studies provides students with the foundation required to study environmental issues through an interdisciplinary lens. For their major preparation, students in the B.A. degree program begin by taking the induction course, Introduction to Environmental Challenges, followed by a variety of introductory social science, humanities, and natural science courses. At the upper-division level, depending on their own area of inter-est, students may choose either a specific or multidisciplinary environmental emphasis by choosing a combination of selective courses within the Environmental Studies Program. Majors are also encouraged to complete either a double major (e.g., Political Science, Communications, Humanities) or minor.

Students pursuing the 48 credit major option are required to participate in the Field Studies in Environmental Science (PSC399) in their senior year. This experience may involve an internship, re-search, or a study abroad course which would enhance their environmental education.

36 Credit Major with Professional Major

Core courses 20 credits

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 credits

LSC 140 Introduction to Environmental Challenges/4 cr

LSC 201 COF Environmental Forum (2 semesters)/4 cr

LSC 355 Environmental Impacts/4 cr

MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking/4 cr

Selectives 16 credits

  • Social Sciences/Humanities (8 credits), chosen in consultation with an advisor.
  • Natural Sciences (8 credits) chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students must take at least one intermediate and one advanced.

48 Credit Major

Core courses 24 credits

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 cr

LSC 140 Introduction to Environmental Challenges/4 cr

LSC 201 COF Environmental Forum (2 semesters)/4 cr

LSC 355 Environmental Impacts/4 cr

PSC 399 Field Studies in Science/4 cr

MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking/4 cr

Selectives 24 credits

Social Sciences/Humanities (12 credits), chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Natural Sciences (12 credits) chosen in consultation with an advisor. Students must take at least one intermediate and one advanced.

Mathematics and Science for Teaching Major / B.A. Degree / 36-48 credits

This program combines the goals of the Mathematics for Teaching and Science for Teaching Majors, for students who want an inter-disciplinary program balanced between the two areas.

Course Requirements*

*No more than four introductory courses can count toward the major

MAT 140/141 or Math 130/131/132/8-12 cr

(the above courses do not count toward the major).

Mathematics 12 credits

MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory/4 cr

MAT 245 Geometry/4 cr

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics (preferred)/ 4 cr or

MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences/4 cr

Science selectives* 12 credits

One course from each of the following domains: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth Science. See the Science for Teaching program for a list of courses.

STEM selectives* 8 creditsChoose from the following:

  • A mathematics course numbered 185 or above or an intermediate/advanced science course.
  • A computer programming or engineering course (most likely taken at a COF school, must be approved by the Mathematics coordinator or the Math-Science department chair).

* At least one course of the five science and STEM selectives must be advanced.

  • Capstone (4 credits): MAT 390 or MSC 401. Students may take both courses and count one as an advanced STEM selective.

48 Credit Math and Science for Teaching Major

All requirements of the 36 credit Mathematics AND Science for Teaching Major plus three additional approved STEM selectives. At least one selective must be advanced.

Integrated Sciences / B.A. Degree / 48 credits

This program is intended for students who wish to pursue an inter-disciplinary degree in math and science and who do not want to teach.

Course Requirements* 48 credits

*No more than four introductory courses can count toward the major.

MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 cr

MAT 198 Calculus/4 cr

Capstone MSC 401 or MAT 390/4 cr

STEM selectives (Math 185 or higher, science intermediate or higher)/8 cr

Field Study/Independent Study (choose one)

PSC 399 Field Studies in Environmental Science/4 cr or

an independent study in Life Science (LSC 400) or Physical Science (PSC 400) /4 cr

Life Science Selectives/8 cr

Physical Science Selectives/8 cr

Earth Science Selectives/8 cr

Life Science 8 credits

Introductory/Intermediate (choose one):

LSC 151 Introduction to Plants and Animals/4 cr

LSC 152 Nutrition/4 cr

LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr

LSC 250 Human Physiology/4 cr

LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr

LSC 254 Introduction to Marine Biology/4 cr

LSC 257 Animal Behavior/4 cr

LSC 258 Dinosaur Biology/4 cr

LSC 280 Biology of Reproduction/4 cr

Advanced (choose one)

LSC 302 Human Diseases/4 cr

LSC 305 Human Genetics/4 credits

LSC 330 Natural History of New England/4 cr

LSC 335 Environmental Impacts/4 cr

Physical Science 8 credits

Introductory (choose one):

PSC 140 Physics of Sports/4 cr

PSC 161 The Solar System/4 cr

PSC 191 The Physical Universe/4 cr

Intermediate (choose one):

PSC 251 Principles of Chemistry/4 cr

PSC 256 Investigating Green Energy/4 cr

PSC 220 Astrobiology: Life in the Universe/4 cr

Earth Science 8 credits

Introductory (choose one)

PSC 161 The Solar System/4 cr

PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth/4 cr

Intermediate/Advanced (choose one)

LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr

PSC 255 Natural Disasters/4 cr

PSC 256 Investigating Green Energy/4 cr

PSC 301 Meteorology/4 cr

Minor/ Mathematics / 16 credits

The Mathematics Minor consists of four mathematics courses numbered 170 or higher chosen in consultation with a math advisor.

Minor/Life or Physical Science/ 16 credits

The life or physical science minor is intended for students who de-sire a strong preparation in life or physical science, but do not wish to major in the subject. Students take four courses as a minor, in consultation with an advisor.

Minor/Sustainability/ 20 credits

The Minor in Sustainability through the Colleges of the Fenway seeks to educated students about the interdisciplinary aspects of science/technology, economics/public policy and social justice which affect the ability of society to manage natural resources (such as clean air, water, energy), in a way in which those re-sources meet society’s present and future needs. Students who declare a minor in Sustainability are encouraged to explore the connections of their career-directed studies to the linked issues of the natural world, finite resources and social justice. In addition to two semesters of the 2-credit COF Environmental Forum, the other four courses in this major may include technical courses in a student’s major area of study and/or Sustainability courses (courses are chosen in consultation with an advisor and are selected from an approved list).

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