2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division

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The Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division encompasses the investigation of natural phenomena, including the development of predictive explanatory systems, and includes the study of numerical and other abstract structures and relations. These are central concerns of the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Mathematics. Hence most courses satisfying the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division requirements come from these departments.

The Natural Sciences and Mathematics List

Students must take at least four courses from this list, including a 2-course sequence (indicated below) and a course with a laboratory to complete the requirement for four courses in this division. No more than three courses may be taken from a single department or program (even if the courses of the department or program are in more than one division).


Cognitive Science

  • COG courses may be accepted by petition.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

ANY EAR course will count toward the divisional requirement of four courses in the natural sciences and mathematics.

Second Course in the Sequence:



Four physics courses have no pre-requisites and are recommended as introductory courses. PHY 101 is algebra-based. PHY 211, PHY 312 (“Relativity and Cosmology: Einstein and Beyond”), and PHY 314 (“Quantum Computing Demystified”) have a calculus co-requisite (MAT 285 or MAT 295).

Science Teaching

  • All SCI courses.

Science, Technology, and Society

  • STS course may be accepted by petition.

Other Schools and Colleges

*Apply as Non-Arts & Sciences credit

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics