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Clarification of Math and Science Requirements for Math, Science, and Health Professionals Majors

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Clarifications of mathematics and science requirements in Areas A and D:

  • For students majoring in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering technology, architecture, computer science, geology, geography (B.S.), forestry, pharmacy, or physical therapy, pre-calculus will be the required mathematics course in Area A (Essential Skills) at all institutions.

  • Institutions may require pre-calculus in Area A for majors in agricultural science, environmental science, science education and mathematics education. (They must file these requirements with their core proposals.) Effective with students entering in summer 2001, pre-calculus will be required in Area A for majors in secondary science or mathematics education at all institutions.

  • Calculus is required in Area A for all engineering majors and for all programs at Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • All “science” programs approved systemwide for pre-calculus in Area A may specify a higher level math course in Area D.II. (The rest of D.II may not be specified for any particular science).

  • In institutions in which trigonometry serves as an immediate prerequisite for Calculus I, then the completion of trigonometry will be regarded as completion of pre-calculus in Area A.

  • In addition, the Council on General Education recommended that the following courses proposed by institutions be rejected as substitutions for algebra or mathematical modeling in Area A: symbolic logic, elementary statistics, and math for liberal arts. (Mathematics courses other than college algebra, mathematical modeling, calculus, or pre- calculus require approval for inclusion in Area A.)

Area D requirements for health professions majors (D.II.b):

  • Students in the health professions, including nursing, must fulfill the Area D science requirement with a two-semester laboratory sequence in either physics, chemistry, or biology.

  • The only biology courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement are Introductory Biology (designed for non-science majors) and Principles of Biology (designed for science majors).

  • The Survey of Chemistry sequence (CHEM 1151 and CHEM 1152) has been designed for the Area D health professions track (D.II.b). Health professions majors have the option of taking the Survey of Chemistry sequence or the sequence appropriate for science majors (D.II), but they may not fulfill their D.II.b. requirements with chemistry courses designed for non-science majors under D.I.

  • Non-science majors may use the Survey of Chemistry sequence to fulfill the D.I. science requirement, but it may not be used to fulfill the D.II. science requirements for science majors not in the health professions track.

Reference: Academic Affairs Handbook, Section 2.04.02