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Updated 2017-18 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Goal Area 4: Mathematics


    One course
    Three credits


To increase students' knowledge about mathematical and logical modes of thinking. Knowledge of mathematics will enable students to appreciate the breadth of applications of mathematics, evaluate arguments, and detect fallacious reasoning. Students will learn to apply mathematics, logic, and/or statistics to help them make decisions in their lives and careers. Minnesota's public higher education systems have agreed that developmental mathematics includes the first three years of a high school mathematics sequence through intermediate algebra.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills necessary for mathematical and logical reasoning, including analysis, identification of appropriate problem-solving techniques, search for valid proofs.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  • illustrate historical and contemporary applications of mathematical/logical systems.
  • clearly express mathematical/logical ideas in writing.
  • explain what constitutes a valid mathematical/logical argument (proof).
  • apply higher-order problem-solving and/or modeling strategies.

Courses that satisfy this goal area include

    CS 1309 Problem Solving and Computation (3 credits)
    MATH 1100 Mathematical Reasoning (3 credits)
    MATH 1107 Introduction to Mathematical Sciences (3 credits)
    MATH 1120 Environmental Mathematics (3 credits)
    MATH 1170 College Algebra (4 credits)
    MATH 1180 Trigonometry (3 credits)
    MATH 1470 Precalculus (5 credits)
    MATH 2471 Calculus I (5 credits)
    MATH 2472 Calculus II (5 credits)
    PHIL 2230 Logic (3 credits)
    STAT 2610 Applied Statistics (4 credits)

    All-University course numbers 1952 and 2952 are available to any department for use as study-travel courses, subject to approval, and will satisfy this goal area.