Students will use reasoning skills characteristic of common scientific and mathematical practice to do one or more of the following: to solve problems, to interpret observations, to make predictions, to design experiments for the testing of hypotheses, or to prove theorems. Through a balanced picture of past successes and current uncertainties in science or mathematics, they will come to understand the cumulative, historical nature of the development of science and mathematics. The specific scientific or mathematical content of these courses can be useful to students, not only as “examples” of scientific or mathematical methods, but as knowledge which can enhance their lives outside the classroom or their studies in other subjects.
A major in the natural sciences (Applied Physics, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics) may satisfy the BB requirement as follows:
He or she may take any upper-division course offered by one of the departments in the natural sciences (Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics) as long as the following hold: (1) the course is not offered by the department of the student’s major, (2) the course is not cross-listed in the department of the student’s major. This course may be used (and double-count) toward the requirements of the student’s major. Students should consult their academic advisors before choosing such a course. This provision applies retroactively to all CSUSM majors in the natural sciences.