Liberal Studies: Math/Science
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CURRICULUM & ADVISING

Rowan's Liberal Studies: Math/Science Specialization is grounded in the examination of the methods and knowledge of, and relationships among, mathematics, the biological sciences, chemistry, and physics. This design provides a background in current knowledge and methods in these disciplines, as well as their relationships to one another and to everyday life. Interdepartmental courses are offered at the upper level to expand the cognate courses and the exploration of relationships. The program's completion requires a four-year, developmental sequence requiring laboratory courses, computer and math literacy courses, courses emphasizing critical thinking, beginning and intermediate level courses in all four major subject areas, and team-taught interdisciplinary courses at the upper level.

The B.A. in Liberal Studies degree with a Math/Science specialization is a 120 credit hour major. It is important to realize that many courses have pre-requisites. Careful advising and planning is essential to ensure that you graduate on schedule. It is not possible to major in this specialization if you can only take classes at night.

While most of the lower level and general education classes are typically offered every semester, this is not true for some lower level courses and all upper level courses. Below is important information that you need to be aware of while planning your curriculum. You are required to meet with your advisor in the program each semester. Please e-mail for an appointment well in advance of your scheduled pre-registration time.

During your freshman and sophomore years there is some flexibility as to when you take your courses and how many you take each semester. This is NOT true at the upper level. This major is highly structured and restrictive. Below is a listing of the program courses with an indication of when the courses are offered and to be taken. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your advisor.

Major Courses:

Lower Level Requirements

  • Essentials of Biology
  • Structures of Mathematics
  • Chemistry of Everyday Life
  • Statistics I
  • Principles of Earth Science
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Exploration of the Solar System
  • Logic of Everyday Reasoning
  • Physics of Everyday Life
  • Computing Environments
  • Psychology of Scientific Thinking

Note that all but one of the lower level courses must be completed by the beginning of the Fall of your junior year and Essentials of Biology (pre-requisite: Chemistry of Everyday Life) must be taken in the Spring of your sophomore year.

Upper Level Requirements must be taken when indicated

  • Patterns in Nature I: Visual Geometry (Fall of Junior Year)
  • Patterns in Nature II: Projects in Calculus (Spring of Junior Year)
  • Chemistry in the Environment (Spring of Junior Year)
  • Principles of Ecology (Fall of Senior Year)
  • Senior Seminar in Math/Science (Fall of Senior Year)