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Math and Natural Sciences Foundation

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Math and Natural Sciences

Learning Goals

Natural and Physical Sciences : Courses in this area lie in the physical or biological sciences that include an experimental component.

Natural and Physical Sciences Learning Goals

At the completion of a Foundations course in the Natural and Physical Sciences, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to identify key concepts used in understanding the physical or biological world using a scientific discipline or framework.
  2. Students will be able to describe important theories in the physical or biological sciences and the empirical evidence upon which they are based.
  3. Students will be able to describe the application of the scientific method to questions using the following concepts: formulate and test a hypothesis, analyze data, draw conclusions.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning: Courses in this area focus on methods of abstract or symbolic reasoning including mathematics, logic, algorithmic or statistical reasoning.

Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning Foundations Learning Goals

At the completion of a Foundations course in Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning, students will be able to:

  1. Students will be able to translate between real world concepts and quantitative or symbolic abstract structures.
  2. Students will be able to perform and interpret quantitative or symbolic manipulations in an abstract structure;
  3. Students will be able to construct carefully reasoned logical arguments.
  4. Students will be able to use abstract methods to analyze patterns and formulate conjectures with the goal of verifying them rigorously.

 

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