2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2021  
2020-2021 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, Earth Sciences (Geology), 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 by hyphens) and a course with a laboratory (indicated by course numbers in bold print) 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


Prospective Earth Science majors are strongly encouraged to take the EAR 110  - EAR 210  sequence.

ANY EAR course will count toward the divisional requirement of four courses in the natural sciences and mathematics. Credit is given for EAR 110  (formerly EAR 101) or EAR 105 , but not for both.



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

College of Human Ecology