Division of Science, Mathematics and Computing
The science program teaches the scientific method, the approaches the sciences take to inquiry, and the fundamental laws governing physical phenomena. The program includes introductory and advanced courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as research opportunities for accomplished students.
The mathematics program develops students' ability to apply mathematics as a scientific tool, and helps them appreciate mathematics as an art. A given course may emphasize only a part of the story (pure or applied, historical or modern, theoretical or computational), but taken in combination, the courses show what mathematics is, how it has developed, and what its application to real problems can accomplish.
Computer science is both an abstract and applied discipline that involves the study of algorithmic processes and methods for managing representational and algorithmic complexity.
All courses in biology, chemistry, environmental studies (see Interdivisional Studies), natural sciences, or physics offer credits toward the Science requirement, except when the course description explicitly states otherwise. Courses marked CP with the course number can offer credits toward either the Cultural Perspectives requirement or the Science requirement, but not both. All courses in mathematics at the 100-level or above offer credits toward the Mathematics requirement.