2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

GMTH-1030 Precalculus–Fa, Sp 4 hours Introduction to the principles of trigonometry and some advanced topics in algebra. Coverage includes, but may not be limited to, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and circular functions, triangle problems, and vectors. This course, in conjunction with GMTH-1020 College Algebra, is designed to help prepare the student for calculus. Prerequisites: Proficiency in mathematics; GMTH-1020 College Algebra or equivalent; or permission of instructor. GMTH-1040 3 hours Calculus for Business/Social Science–Fa, Sp Introduction to the concepts of differential and integral calculus for students of business. Numerous applications from these areas will be considered. Does not apply toward major in mathematics. Prerequisite: Proficiency in mathematics. GMTH-2110 Introduction to Biostatistics–Fa,Sp 3 hours An introduction to statistical methods that are of particular interest to biologists for experimental design and interpretation. Prerequisites: BIO-1115 Biology I: Cell Biology or MATH-1700 Calculus & Dynamical Systems for Life Sciences or MATH-1710 Calculus I. GMTH-3010 Proof and Mathematical Modeling–Fa 3 hours Proof by contradiction, contrapositive, and induction will be explored along with direct proof in the verification of conjectures and other mathematical propositions. Additionally, the formulation of discrete, statistical, and algebraic mathematical models, along with their use in solving problems, will be studied. Appropriate educational technology, including graphing calculators, spreadsheets, and geometric manipulation software will be used throughout. Does not count toward the BA or BS majors in mathematics or the BA in integrated mathematics education. Prerequisites: EDUC-2800 Principles of Mathematics II; GMTH1020 College Algebra. GMTH-3100 Theory of Interest–Sp 4 hours This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial mathematics and how these concepts are applied in calculating present and future values for various streams of cash flows. Applications to annuities, loans, stocks, and bonds are covered. The learning outcomes of this course match those specified by the Society of Actuaries for candidates taking Exam FM. Prerequisites: MATH-1720 Calculus II; corequisite: FIN-3710 Principles of Finance. (even years) General Music (GMUS) GMUS-1000 Music Philosophy and Aesthetics–Fa 1 hour Philosophical and scriptural foundation for the Christian concepts of musical creativity, musical worship, and stewardship. Understanding the unique teacher-student relationship in music. A first attempt at codifying a coherent, personal, Christian philosophy of music. GMUS-1030 Recital and Program Attendance–Fa, Sp 0 hours Music majors and minors must attend a prescribed number of programs and recitals each semester. Majors must enroll each semester. For a music minor, students must enroll for two consecutive semesters. GMUS-4980 Special Topics: General Music–Fa, Sp 1–3 hours Study of selected topics in music. General Science (GSCI) Except where noted, general education courses are designed to meet the general education requirements for graduation. These courses will not count toward graduation requirements for majors found in the School of Science and Mathematics unless they are specifically listed in the curriculum requirements for a major. A student majoring in science or mathematics may take these courses only as electives. However, any course listed for a science or mathematics major or minor may also count toward fulfilling general education requirements. GSCI-1010 Principles of Earth Science–Fa, Sp 3.5 hours A survey of the sciences of geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Major lecture topics include discussion of earth’s geological history, minerals, rocks, dating, plate tectonics, glaciers, volcanoes, ocean currents, marine life, waves, the atmosphere, and weather systems. When appropriate, contrasting views of these subjects will be examined. Laboratory experiences include field trips to areas of local geological interest. Lecture three times per week and laboratory on alternate weeks. Satisfies the physical science requirement of the general education requirements. (Fee: $75) GSCI-1020 Principles of Physical Science–Fa, Sp 3.5 hours A survey of the sciences of physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Major lecture topics include motion, force, energy, heat, waves, electricity, optics, quantum effects, periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, astronomical measurements, and the origin of the universe. Content of this course will be related to social and philosophical issues to emphasize a Christian’s responsibility in a technological society. Lecture three times per week and laboratory on alternate weeks. This course satisfies the physical science requirement of the general education requirements. (Fee: $75) GSCI-1030 Geology of the National Parks–Su 3.5 hours This course will explore the geology of the national parks and surrounding areas in specific regions of the United States. It is a two-week travel study course that fulfills the three and a half-hour laboratory physical science requirement. Trip locations may vary from year to year. Six or more major areas will be explored on each trip. Students will be expected to complete a photographic atlas with appropriate geological descriptions of each stop. Special emphasis will be placed on how geologic history is interpreted and placed into biblical and conventional frameworks. Students will learn how to make geological observations and take field notes. No previous geological knowledge is required. It is necessary for students to be in good physical shape for occasional hiking in rough terrain and at high altitudes, although requirements can be modified for students unable to do so. Special equipment may be required. Special course fees apply and will vary from year to year. GSCI-1110 4 hours Environment: Science, Sustainability, and Stewardship–Sp An interdisciplinary study of the environment that considers foundational understanding rooted in science, society, and economy. We will explore the socio-ecological implications of human activity, impacts, and responsibility for the environment. Students from all majors are welcome and will be challenged to develop and apply a biblical stewardship ethic. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Crosslisted with ENVS-1110. (Fee: $100) GSCI-2010 Physical Science for Teachers–Fa, Sp 3.5 hours Introduction to a selection of core concepts of physics and chemistry for preservice elementary education teachers. Students will develop methods of learning science, with emphasis on inquiry and the scientific method. In-class lab activities will integrate common everyday objects and experiences with a view toward cultivating the excitement of studying God’s creation. Does not satisfy the physical science general education requirement. (Fee: $75) 2023–24 Undergraduate Academic Catalog Page 265 Course Descriptions GMTH-1030 – GSCI-2010