Undergraduate Department of Mathematics and Science

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

Department of Mathematics and Science

Ellen Faszewski, Co-Chair and Professor

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. Mathematics/Science for Teaching

B.A. Environmental Studies

B.A. Integrated Sciences

Minors, Mathematics, Life or Physical Science

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 Early Childhood Education 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:

  • 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 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 24 credits
*No more than three introductory courses can count toward the degree.
Math 140/141 Concepts and Processes or 8 credits
Math 130/131/132 8-12 credits
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
*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 advisor
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

Mathematics Minor / 16 Credits

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

SCIENCE PROGRAMS

Science For Teaching Major / B.A. Degree / 36-48 Credits

The learning outcomes of the Science for Teaching Major are for 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.
  • 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* 8-12 credits
*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
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/4 cr
LSC 153 Human Biology/4 cr
LSC 250 Human Physiology/4 cr
LSC 252 Tropical Ecology/4 cr
LSC 254 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 The 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 Investigations in Green Energy/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/4 cr
PSC 256 Investigations in Green Energy/4 cr
PSC 301 Meteorology/4 cr
PSC 399 Field Studies in Science
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 interest, 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, research, 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 credits
LSC 201 COF Environmental Forum (2 semesters) 4 credits
LSC 355 Environmental Impacts 4 credits
MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking 4 credits
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
Math 255 Probability and Statistics 4 credits
LSC 140 Introduction to Environmental Challenges 4 credits
LSC 201 COF Environmental Forum (2 semesters) 4 credits
LSC 355 Environmental Impacts 4 credits
PSC 399 Field Studies in Science 4 credits
MSC 401 Seminar in Critical Thinking 4 credits
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.

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).

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 interdisciplinary program balanced between the two areas.

Mathematics 12 credits
MAT 230 Algebra and Number Theory 4 credits
MAT 245 Geometry 4 credits
MAT 255 Probability and Statistics 4 credits
MAT 170 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4 credits
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 credits
Choose 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 interdisciplinary 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 280 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/4cr
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 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
Physical Science: 8 credits
Introductory (choose one)
PSC 140 The 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 Investigations in Green Energy/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 Investigations in Green Energy/4 cr
PSC 301 Meteorology/4 cr

 

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