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R/Mathematics (or Numerical and Symbolic Reasoning):

Eligible courses in this category emphasize an analytical approach to problem-solving through the use of quantitative data and/or mathematical reasoning.  The preponderance of the coursework must involve the solution of problems using one or more of the following analytic tools: numbers, symbols, formulas, numerical calculations, analytic calculations, analysis of graphical data, statistical methods, fundamental mathematical theories, or empirical mathematical models.  A primary goal must be to draw student attention to the connection between the methods of problem-solving (numerical, formulaic, algorithmic) and the logical and mathematical foundations that justify them.

The justification for any eligible course must include the statement of a typical problem from the discipline which students are to approach using numerical and/or symbolic reasoning, the analytic tools to be used, and the relationship of problem-solving method to foundations.

The list of eligible courses will consist principally of courses in mathematics, logic, natural science, social science and computer science.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will demonstrate:

  • the ability to convert a problem into a setting using symbolic notation;
  • the ability to connect and find relationships among symbolic quantities;
  • the ability to construct an appropriate symbolic framework;
  • the ability to carry out algorithmic and logical procedures to resolution;
  • the ability to draw valid conclusions from numeric/symbolic evidence.