Essential Education Curriculum

Learning Outcome Six: Knowledge of the Physical and Natural World - Math
Students will be able to demonstrate literacy in both mathematics and natural sciences (biology, chemistry, and general physical science*) by defining and recalling terms, interpreting and using appropriate notation, and recognizing and applying concepts, in order to understand the relevance of mathematics and natural sciences to contemporary life. (* For purpose of transfer credits, this includes physics, astronomy, and geology.)

  • 6 s.h. Math--Two 3 s.h. courses from the following list of courses approved for this outcome by the Essential Education Committee
       MATH1200 Mathematics for Liberal Arts
       MATH1280 College Algebra
       MATH1310 Math Concepts I
       MATH1320 Math Concepts II
       MATH1330 Elementary Functions
       MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics
       MATH1510 Calculus I
Approved course descriptions:

MATH1200 Mathematics for Liberal Arts 3 s.h.
A survey course for non-majors with an emphasis on problem solving and quantitative literacy. Topics included will be voting theory, financial math, graph theory, and coding theory. ELO6 Math

MATH1280 College Algebra 3 s.h.
Solutions of polynomial, rational and radical equations and inequalities, systems of equations, matrices, sequences, series, combinatorics, mathematical induction. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra or DEVL1200. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts I 3 s.h.
A systematic development of whole number systems, geometry, and measurement. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1320 Mathematical Concepts II 3 s.h.
A systematic development of the real number system and its subsystems, symbolic logic. Prerequisite: MATH1310. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1330 Elementary Functions 3 s.h.
Functions and relations, special functions and their graphs including logarithmic and exponential functions, trigonometric functions and their inverses. Prerequisite: 2 years of high school algebra or MATH1280. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
Limits, continuity, derivative, mean-value theorem, simple integration, fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math


+ Denotes an alternate year course.