Course Requirements

Two from biology or chemistry or physics or computer science. Choose two from the four following options:

1. BIO 101: General Biology I

Introduction to cell anatomy and organismal biology. The five kingdoms of life are surveyed, emphasizing distinguishing features and lifestyles. In-depth study of major organ systems of multicellular animals. Emphasis on principles underlying living organisms, problems they face and solutions that have evolved. Designed as first of two semesters of a general survey. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


BIO 102: General Biology II

Introduction to biochemistry, molecular cell biology and cell energetics. Genetics covered in relation to molecular mechanisms, population biology and evolutionary theory. Survey of botany, including anatomy and physiology of plants. Introduction to ecological principles, including ecosystem organization; interaction of biotic and abiotic factors; and the biosphere. Prerequisite: 101. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


2. CHM 101: General Chemistry I

The first semester of a two-semester sequence intended for students majoring in the sciences. The course focuses on the study of atomic structure, nomenclature, stoichiometry, energy, bonding and coordination chemistry. The laboratory work reinforces lecture topics. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in MAT 103 or placement above MAT 103. High school chemistry or an introductory chemistry course is strongly recommended. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


CHM 102: General Chemistry II

The continuation of General Chemistry I with emphasis on solutions, kinetics, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. The laboratory work reinforces lecture topics and includes qualitative analysis. Prerequisites: CHM 101 and MAT 103. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL


3. CS 152: Programming and Design II

Advanced programming topics are presented and applied with programming projects and exercises. Topics surveyed include: searching and sorting routines, introductory algorithm analysis, modular software design, abstract data types, recursion, I/O operations and file handling. Students will also become familiar with modular and object-oriented programming techniques. Development and maintenance of software libraries will be introduced along with various software life-cycles. Prerequisite: 150. FT


CS 235: Data Structures and File Processing

Issues concerning static and dynamic manipulations of data and storage structures examined through experimentation. Graph and tree manipulations, searching, sorting, merging, dynamic memory allocation, algorithm analysis, classical data structures, recursion and abstract data types are covered. Advanced programming topics presented and applied. Prerequisite: 150. FT


4. PHY 101: General Physics I

The first course of a two-semester, algebra- based sequence designed primarily for students pursuing a premedical or science program. The topics include mechanics, fluids, sound and thermodynamics. An emphasis is placed on problem-solving and medical applications of physics. The laboratory experiments serve to supplement and reinforce the lecture topics. Prerequisite: MAT 110 or equivalent. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL.


PHY 102: General Physics II

A continuation of PHY 101 covering the general topics of electricity magnetism, optics and atomic/nuclear physics. Prerequisite: 101. Three hours lecture; three hours laboratory. NSL

In addition, the following:

CS 150: Programming and Design I

An introduction to software development. Language independent skills for program design, implementation, testing and documentation are developed. Problem-solving and algorithm development are introduced, with activities including developing, coding and debugging programs using a high level language. Other topics include: procedures, functions, I/O routines, control structures and elementary data structures. FT

MAT 115: Introductory Statistics

A course in basic statistical concepts and techniques for the non-mathematics major. Topics include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, standardized probability distributions, correlation and regression, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and analysis of variance. Prerequisite: 098/100 or Mathematics Placement Exam results. NS

MAT 130: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Review of functions and introduction to the concepts of limits, differentiation and integration. Use of the derivative and analytic geometry for sophisticated graphing of functions and relations. Application of the derivative and definite integral to the study of problem-solving techniques in the physical sciences. Prerequisite: 110 or Mathematics Placement Exam results. NS

MAT 140: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Continuation of the study of the derivative and definite integral for problem-solving, involving more challenging functions. Topics include techniques of integration, improper integrals, numerical approximation techniques, conics, sequences and series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: 130. NS

MAT 205: Discrete Mathematics

An introduction to basic techniques and modes of reasoning for discrete problem-solving. Topics include set theory, mathematical logic, mathematical induction, number theory, recurrence relations, counting, graphs and lattices. Prerequisite: 103 or Mathematics Placement Exam results. FT

MAT 207: Introduction to Linear Algebra

Vector spaces, matrices, linear transformations, characteristic values and quadratic forms. Prerequisite: 140. NS, FT

MAT 242: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III

Continuation of 140 and introduction to multivariable calculus. Prerequisite: 140. NS, FT

MAT 308: Introduction to Abstract Algebra

Concepts and methods of abstract algebra: groups, rings, integral domains and fields. Prerequisite: 207. NS, FT

MAT 321: Advanced Calculus

Metric spaces; limits and continuity; differentiation and integration; sequences and series of functions. Prerequisites: 205, 242. NS, FT

MAT 410: Senior Research Seminar

Students explore primary scientific literature, develop a research project and conduct mathematical research or exploration. A substantial research paper and seminar presentation is required. Prerequisite: open to juniors by permission and to seniors. WI

Three additional 300-level courses in mathematics

Note: Students who take CHM 101 and 102 or BIO 101 and 102 or CS 152 and 235 for requirements are strongly advised to take PHY 101 and 102 as electives.

Contact Information

Justin Lawrence
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Physics
717-264-4141  ext. 3119