Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is also the quantitative language of the social, biological, and physical sciences. For these reasons, mathematics is a valuable and essential component of a liberal arts education. All Scripps students are encouraged to enroll in math courses whether or not they are considering a major in mathematics. Students planning to enroll in math courses must take the placement exam given during fall orientation at Scripps.
Enrolling in Mathematics
A major or minor in mathematics can lead to a career in a variety of areas, including business, industry, government, insurance (as an actuary), or teaching. Students who want to enroll in mathematics courses other than those offered at Scripps should consult the mathematics faculty. A catalog, Mathematics Courses at Claremont, lists all mathematics courses offered in The Claremont Colleges and is available in the Registrar’s Office and from the mathematics faculty.
Every Scripps student is required to complete a mathematics requirement to graduate. The extensive use of mathematics in our lives as individuals and as a society indicates that a knowledge of mathematics is essential for practical living and for professional development.
The mathematics requirement may be met in either theoretical or applied mathematics. Theoretical mathematics involves methods of inquiry based on rigorous deduction and formal proof that are different from those in other areas. Applied mathematics is a fundamental tool in the social and natural sciences and in many other areas. Because of the importance of mathematics to the study of the social and natural sciences and to work in many careers, students are strongly encouraged to continue their study of mathematics beyond the required level.
The mathematics requirement may be satisfied in any one of the following ways:
- Pass Math 23, Transcendental Functions, or a higher-level Math course.
- Place into Math 30 or a higher-level math course on the placement exam, which is given during fall Orientation.
- Pass a course in applied Math, such as Biology 175 (Applied Biostatistics), Economics 120 (Economic Statistics), or Psychology 103 (Psychological Statistics).
- Pass a course in formal Logic through the Philosophy Department.
- Pass some equivalent course which must be approved by the Committee on Academic Review.
Department Goals and Objectives
- Students gain computational skills and abilities.
- Students obtain a breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge sufficient for them to pursue graduate study in mathematics.
- Students learn to assess the validity of a mathematical argument.
- Students develop an awareness of the interconnections between different areas of mathematics.
- Students gain the confidence and competence to independently acquire, discuss, and apply mathematical knowledge.
Student Learning Outcomes
- SLO1: Students demonstrate computational skills and abilities.
- SLO2: Students exhibit in their work precise understanding of definitions and mathematical concepts.
- SLO3: Students are able to combine and apply acquired mathematical knowledge.
- SLO4: Students are able to create and write proofs in accordance with the standards of mathematical rigor.
- SLO5: Students are able to effectively read, write, listen to, question and convey orally rigorous mathematical ideas and arguments.