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Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (DMNS)


Mathematics provides an approach to problem solving through logic and reasoning. It is used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships. Learning outcomes for students completing the Mathematics requirement are:
  • Knowing the fundamental notation and rules of a mathematical system.
  • Recognizing problems to which mathematics can be applied.
  • Translating problems into mathematical form.
  • Being able to construct and interpret visual representations of mathematical relationships.
  • Constructing logical and valid mathematical arguments.
  • Determining mathematical relationships and solutions to problems.
  • Communicating mathematical relationships and solutions.

Natural and Physical Sciences

The goal of the natural and physical sciences is to better understand nature. The natural and physical sciences systematically study natural phenomena. They do so by observing nature, by collecting and analyzing data, by forming, testing, and revising hypotheses, and by developing theories.

Learning outcomes for students completing the Natural and Physical Sciences requirements are:
  • Understanding what the realm of science is, and why science is important to their lives.
  • Comprehending current principles and theories used to explain natural phenomena and understanding the role of theories in science.
  • Seeing science as a process of conducting systematic observation, formulating and testing hypotheses, collecting and evaluating data, recognizing sources of error and uncertainty in experimental methods, and disseminating results.
  • Developing an understanding of how human activity affects the natural environment.
  • Making informed judgments about science-related topics and policies.