Models and Data
Coordinator: Associate Professor Paula Russo (Mathematics)
This minor emphasizes the interplay between theoretical abstraction formulated in a mathematical model and data obtained
from measurements in the real world. The minor gives the student an opportunity to study the construction of models and
the analysis of data.
- Calculus course (MATH 132), to allow access to a vast number of models that describe dynamic processes.
- One semester of statistics (MATH 107 or MATH 207), to provide background necessary for rigorous data
- One semester of computing (CPSC 115L), to provide the ability to create and implement a computer model
without reliance on software packages.
- One of the following courses, to expose the student to accepted methods of data collection:
- BIOL 140L, 182L
- CHEM 111L, 112L
- ECON 318L
- ENGR 212L, 221L
- PHYS 101L, 102L, 131L or 141L, 231L
- PSYC 221L
- SOCL 201L
- The capstone course (MATH 252 or MATH 254), to teach mathematical formulation of real-world problems and to
teach basic modeling principles applicable to a variety of fields. (Prerequisites: one year of calculus and one semester of
Mathematics majors who automatically satisfy the calculus requirement are required to take two sequential laboratory
courses in one of the physical sciences or two related introductory courses, together with one upper-level laboratory course in
biology, engineering, or one of the social sciences.