# Mathematics and Physics

**Faculty: J. Budzien, K. Shepard+.**

## Courses

### Mathematics

**MATH 121. Mathematics for Liberal Arts.** (3) The course covers topics in set theory, number systems, basic algebra, problem solving, graphs, functions, inequalities, and measurement. No prerequisite.

**MATH 131. College Algebra and Trigonometry.** (4) The system of real numbers, functions, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, equations, systems of equations, permutations, combinations, the binomial theorem, and probability. Prerequisite: one and one-half years of high school algebra and one year of high school plane geometry.

**MATH 135. Calculus.** (4) Review of functions, limits and rates of change, derivatives, and applications of derivatives. Prerequisite: Math 131.

**MATH 226. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers.** (3) Content mathematics course for elementary-level teacher candidates that focuses on set theory, arithmetic, number theory, geometry, probability, data analysis, measurement, and basic algebra. No prerequisite.

### Physical Science

**PHSC 301. Physical Science.** (4) Fundamental concepts selected from the areas of physics, astronomy, geology, and chemistry. Laboratory course. Offered every fall.

### Physics

**PHYS 201, 202. General Physics.** (4, 4) For biology and related majors. A noncalculus survey of classical and modern physics. First semester: mechanics, heat, and sound. Second semester: electricity, magnetism, light, and a brief summary of modern physics. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: Mathematics 131 or the equivalent. 201 is a prerequisite for 202 or permission of the instructor.

**PHYS 479. Undergraduate Science Mentor.** (2 or 3) The goal of this course is to provide the student one-on-one mentoring with a faculty member in physics in order to provide the student with individualized guidance in science theory and/or advanced laboratory/field skills. Practical application to peer mentorship is a crucial aspect of this course meant to strengthen science fundamentals and leadership skills essential for careers in the biomedical, physical, and laboratory sciences and field biology, as well as in teaching. Two credits for lecture or laboratory-only participation or three credits for lecture and laboratory course participation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.