Mathematical Modeling

Mathematical Modeling courses provide rigorous instruction in fundamental mathematical concepts and skills presented in the context of real-world applications. The modeling skills provide analytical methods for approaching problems students encounter in their future endeavors.

Course Characteristics

1. Mathematical modeling courses

  • are mathematics courses that either are required for students in the natural and mathematical sciences or address problems through mathematical models;
  • emphasize mathematical rigor and abstraction, fundamental mathematical skills, and college-level mathematical concepts and techniques; teach how to develop mathematical models and draw inferences from them;
  • include a full semester or equivalent of frequent and regular assignments that provide practice in mathematical modeling and mathematical techniques. Problems providing modeling practice
    • are phrased with limited use of mathematical notation and symbols;
    • require a formulation step on the part of the student;
    • require college-level mathematical techniques leading from the formulation to the conclusion;
    • have a conclusion that involves discovery or interpretation.

2. Courses approved for the Mathematical Modeling requirement must demonstrate and provide a system for consistency in instruction and in assessment of student achievement.

3. Courses approved for the mathematical modeling requirement should engage students with mathematical concepts and techniques that prepare them for a variety of possible future courses and degrees.

4. A course used to satisfy the Mathematical Modeling Foundations requirement may not double-count toward the Breadth of Inquiry Natural and Mathematical Sciences requirement.

Courses that fulfill the GenEd Mathematical Modeling requirement

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