Undergraduate Department of Mathematics and Science

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2013-14 academic year.

Department of Mathematics and Science

Ellen Faszewski, Chair and Associate Professor

Debbie Borkovitz, Associate Professor, Math Coordinator Samuel Cook, Assistant Professor Galina Dobrynina, Associate Professor Sara Levine, Assistant Professor Lisa Lobel, Instructor Maurice Page, Instructor Christine Redford, Instructor Charles Wilbraski, Instructor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

B.S., Mathematics and Science B.A., Environmental Studies Minors, Mathematics, Life or Physical Science, Sustainability (through Colleges of the Fenway)

B.S./Mathematics and Science/36-48 Credits

The Mathematics and Science Department offers a 36-credit major for students electing a professional major and a 48-credit major for those students without a professional major. There are three pathways through the 36-credit major: Mathematics, Science, and Interdisciplinary. The Math for Teaching Pathway is intended to be taken in conjunction with an Elementary Education, Special Education or Early Childhood Education major. The Science for Teaching Pathway is a program to produce and support scientifically skilled and knowledgeable pre-service teachers. The Science Pathway is intended to be taken in conjunction with an Elementary, Special Education or Early Childhood Education major. The Interdisciplinary Pathway is for students who prefer a broader preparation in both mathematics and science. The Math for TEACHING Pathway helps students to:

  • Develop profound understanding of fundamental mathematics ideas vital for teaching K-8 mathematics.
  • 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 problems. Demonstrate ability to justify mathematical reasoning and to construct formal proofs.
  • Achieve strong capacity to communicate mathematical ideas orally and in writing, as well as to independently read and comprehend mathematical texts.
  • Demonstrate ability to use appropriate technology for data analysis and interpretation, for exploring mathematical ideas, and for creating tables, graphs, pictures, and other mathematical representations.
Course Requirements
Math 140/141 or Math 130/131/132
MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory 4 credits
MAT 245 Geometry 4 credits
MAT 255 Probability and Statistics (preferred) or 4 credits
MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 credits
MAT 390 Mathematics Seminar 4 credits
Mathematics Selectives (8 credits)
Two mathematics courses (one advanced; one either intermediate or advanced.)
Science Courses (12 credits)
PSC 184 Science Inquiry and the Earth 4 credits
1 Physical Science Course 4 credits
1 Life Science Course 4 credits
One science course must be at the intermediate or advanced level.

The Science for TEACHING Pathway helps students to:

  • Demonstrate a conceptual as well as functional understanding of the process of scientific inquiry including: question formation, prediction, observation, data analysis, experimental design, and communication of ideas.
  • Understand how scientific inquiry is related to and distinguished from other forms of inquiry through characteristic elements such as the nature of evidence, skepticism, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the nature of science and how the development of scientific knowledge may be influenced by historical, cultural, political, and economic contexts.
  • Develop ability, as appropriate, to use technology for scientific research, data analysis, and dissemination of findings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts of life and physical sciences and the ability to make interdisciplinary connections across the various domains of science.
  • Utilize science content and process knowledge to ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences as well as issues described in the media. Clarify the concepts underlying the nature of science, scientific thinking, and scientific modes of inquiry.
Course Requirements*
*No more than three science courses in the major can be at the introductory level.
MAT 130/131/132 or MAT 140/141 Concepts and Processes 8-12 credits
(The above courses are taken as support courses for the major the credits for these courses do not counttoward the major.)
PSC 184 Science Inquiry and the Earth 4 credits
MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking 4 credits
Selective Any math or science course 4 credits
Mathematics Course (choose one) 4 credits
MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory/4 cr
MAT 245 Geometry/4 cr
MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 cr
MAT 280 Calculus I/4 cr
Core Domain Courses (12 credits):
Students choose one of the core domains, and take one introductory, one intermediate, and one advanced course in that domain.
HUMAN BIOLOGY CORE DOMAIN:
Introductory Course (choose one) 4 credits
LSC 152 Nutrition/4 cr
LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr
Intermediate Course 4 credits
LSC 250 Human Physiology/4 cr
LSC 280 Biology of Reproduction/4 cr
Advanced Course (choose one) 4 credits
LSC 302 Human Diseases/4 cr
LSC 305 Human Genetics/4 cr
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CORE DOMAIN:
Introductory Course (choose one) 4 credits
LSC 140 Introduction to Environmental Challenges/4 cr
LSC 151 Introduction to Plants and Animals/4 cr
PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth/4 cr
Intermediate Course (choose one) 4 credits
LSC 254 Marine Biology/4 cr
LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr
PSC 251 Principles of Chemistry/4 cr
PSC 255 Natural Disasters/4 cr
PSC 250 Investigations in Green Energy/4 cr
LSC 257 Animal Behavior/4 cr
Advanced Course (choose one) 4 credits
LSC 330 Natural History of New England/4 cr
LSC 335 Environmental Impacts/4 cr
LSC 400 Independent Studies in Life Science/4 cr
PSC 301 Meteorology/4 cr
PSC 399 Field Studies in Science
MINOR CORE DOMAIN COURSES (8 CREDITS):
Students take two courses, either one at the introductory and one at the intermediate level or one at the intermediate and one at the advanced level.
Introductory course 4 credits
PSC 140 The Physics of Sports/4 cr
PSC 161 The Solar System/4 cr
PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth/4 cr
PSC 191 The Physical Universe/4 cr
Intermediate Course 4 credits
PSC 251 Principles of Chemistry/4 cr
PSC 255 Natural Disasters/4 cr
PSC 256 Investigations in Green Energy/4 cr
Advanced Courses 4 credits
PSC 301 Meteorology
PSC 399 Field Studies in Science/4 cr
PSC 400 Independent Studies in Physical Science/4 cr
Minor Core Domain in Mathematics (optional) (8 credits)

Students may complete an additional minor core domain in mathematics by completing two additional mathematics courses.

Interdisciplinary Pathway/36-Credits

Mathematics Support Requirement:

Completion of the College Requirement in Mathematics. Students who use the regular Concepts and Processes sequence (Math 130/131) for this requirement, must also complete Math 132.

Introductory Science Course:
Students must take one of the following courses in their first or second year at Wheelock:
PSC 184 Science Inquiry and the Earth/4 cr
PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth/4 cr
PSC 191 The Physical Universe/4 cr
LSC 151 Introduction to Plants and Animals/4 cr

Students electing to take PSC 191 or LSC 151 are strongly encouraged to take both courses (with the other course counting as a selective). Intermediate or Advanced Mathematics Course: 4 credits. Students must take one mathematics course at the 200 level or above. Selectives: 24 credits. In conjunction with their academic advisors, students determine the scope of the major. At least one course must be chosen from life science, and one from physical science. At most, two courses can be at the introductory level and at least one course must be at the advanced level. Capstone: 4 credits. Students must take either MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking or MAT 390 Mathematics Seminar. Students may take both courses (with one counting as a selective). Minor: Working in conjunction with an advisor, students may design a 16-credit minor in mathematics, physical, or life sciences.

48 Credit Major without a Professional Major:

The Department of Mathematics/Science allows students who do not elect a professional major, in Education or Child Life, to follow a course of study beyond the 36-credit major. After consulting with a Mathematics/Science academic advisor, students may choose to focus their major in such areas as: environmental studies or human biology. Students enrolled in this major may elect to take a selection of courses in their area of focus, or may wish to incorporate a 4-8 credit field study or internship into their program of study.

Minor/Mathematics/ 16 Credits

The Mathematics Minor is intended for students majoring in education who desire a strong preparation in mathematics, but do not wish to major in the subject. Students are strongly encouraged to take these four designated courses as a minor; however, in some cases, in consultation with an advisor, substitute courses may be approved.

Course Requirements
MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory 4 credits
MAT 245 Geometry 4 credits
MAT 255 Probability and Statistics 4 credits
MAT 390 Mathematics Seminar 4 credits

Minor/Life or Physical Science/ 16 credits

The life or physical science minor is intended for students who desire 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 resources 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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