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+ - Computing Sciences

Focus: The Computing Sciences have had a profound impact on almost every area of human endeavor. In this cluster, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to explore the use of computers in their chosen field. The cluster can also be used as the first steps toward a minor in Computer Science. 

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Dean of Operations, and Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Erik Linstead

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Data Analytics, or Software Engineering.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Computer Science I
CPSC 231: Computer Science II [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230, or equivalent]
CPSC 330: Digital Logic Design I [Prerequisite, MATH 250. Corequisite, CPSC 330L.]
CPSC 350: Data Structures and Algorithms [CPSC 231]
CPSC 353: Data Communications and Computer Networks [CPSC 231]
CPSC 392: Introduction to Data Science [CPSC 230]
CPSC 408: Database Management [CPSC 236, CPSC 350]

+ - Earth and Its Environment

Focus: Environmental issues involve essential interactions between the natural sciences and social sciences, spanning a range of fields including biology, chemistry, economics, geology, political science, and others. This cluster is designed to integrate and form bridges between these fields so that students can better comprehend and critically analyze the environmental topics of greatest concern in today's society. Completion of courses in this cluster fulfills many of the course requirements for the minor in Environmental Sciences.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Jason Keller

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Open to all majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

BIOL 301: Plant Biology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 319: Ecosystem Ecology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 324: Ecology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
BIOL 338: Ornithology [BIOL 205] 
BIOL 433: Animal Behavior [BIOL 205]
BIOL 440: Marine Biology, Lecture and Laboratory [BIOL 205]
CHEM 105: Chemistry of Environmental Issues
CHEM 325: Atmospheric Chemistry [CHEM 331, CHEM 340]
CHEM 327: Environmental Geochemistry [CHEM 331, CHEM 340]
ENV 101: Introduction to Environmental Science
ENV 102: Introduction to Environmental Policy
ENV 111: Physical Geology [Corequisite ENV 111L]
ENV 112: Introduction to Hazards and Global and Environmental Change
ENV 227: Darwin and the Galapagos [consent of instructor] (travel course)
ENV 301: Environmental Geology [ENV 111, or ENV 112]
ENG 374: Environmental Rhetoric
ENV 392: Law and Policy of Water Resources Mangement [ENV 102 or POSC 110]
PHIL 303: Environmental Ethics
POSC 346: Environmental Law [POSC 110]
POSC 374: Environmental Politics and Policy (cross listed with ENV 374)
SOC 335: Society and the Environment [SOC 101]

Suggested Clusterings:

Earth Science Focus: ENV 111 or ENV 112, and 2 from CHEM 327, ENV 301, ENV 310, ENV 330, plus one from the list above.

Ecology Focus: 3 from BIOL 301, BIOL 319, BIOL 324, BIOL 338, BIOL 433, BIOL 440, plus one from the list above.

Chemistry Focus: CHEM 105 and 2 from CHEM 325, CHEM 327, plus one from the list above.

Policy Focus: ENV 102, plus 3 from ENV 392, PHIL 303, POSC 346, POSC 374, SOC 335.

+ - Game Development

Focus: The computer and video game industry has exploded and its annual revenue now exceeds the box office revenue of the film industry. But game development technology is used for scientific simulation, training, and other serious applications as well. In this cluster, students will explore the possibilities of the game industry and will begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use game development technology in a variety of fields.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Assistant Professor, Derek Prate

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science, Data Analytics, or Software Engineering.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.

CPSC 230: Computer Science I
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230]
CPSC 242: Introduction to the Game Industry
CPSC 244: Level Design I [CPSC 230, CPSC 242]
CPSC 245: Unity Programming [CPSC 236]
CPSC 246: The Unreal Game Engine [CPSC 230]
CPSC 340: Game Development [CPSC 244 and either CPSC 231, or CPSC 236]
CPSC 344: Level Design II [CPSC 244]
CPSC 440: Collaborative Game Development [CPSC 340]
AVE 120: Introduction to Animation and Visual Effects
AVE 202: 3D Computer Graphics I
AVE 256: Beginning Character Animation [DA 206, digital arts major]

+ - Informatics (This cluster is now closed.)

+ - Data Analytics

Focus: As our ability to collect and analyze data continues to grow, so does the need for scientists who can analyze it at a scale never before thought possible. The Data Analytics cluster provides students a deep introduction to data management and statistical modeling tools and techniques that can be applied in many disciplines today.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor, Erik Linstead

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Computer Science, Data Analytics, or Software Engineering.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division.
 
CPSC 230: Introduction to Computer Science
CPSC 236: Visual Programming [CPSC 230]
CPSC 308: Enterprise Data Management [CPSC 230 or CPSC 236]
CPSC 392: Introduction to Data Science [CPSC 230]
CPSC 393: Machine Learning
CPSC 408: Database Management [CPSC 236 and CPSC 350]
MATH 203: Introduction to Statistics
MGSC 220: Introduction to Business Analytics

+ - Mathematics

Focus: The more mathematics you know, the more doors will be open to you. According to Bertrand Russell, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.” This cluster can enable you to continue your study of mathematics and can also be used as the first steps toward a minor in Mathematics.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Adrian Vajiac

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Mathematics

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Completion of courses in this cluster fulfills many of the course requirements for the Mathematics minor.

MATH 110: Single Variable Calculus I [MATH 104]
MATH 111: Single Variable Calculus II [MATH 110]
MATH 115: Accelerated Calculus Part I: Differentiation and Integration [MATH 104]
MATH 116: Accelerated Calculus Part II: Series, Differential Equations and Multivariable Calculus [MATH 104]
MATH 208: Foundations of Geometry [MATH 099]
MATH 210: Multivariable Calculus [MATH 111]
MATH 211: Linear Algebra [MATH 111]
MATH 215: Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations [MATH 111 OR MATH 116]
MATH 250: Discrete Mathematics [MATH 104]
MATH 260: Number Theory [MATH 111 OR MATH 115]
MATH 350: Differential Equations [MATH 210, 211]
MATH 352: Discrete Mathematics II [MATH 250]
MATH 360: Probability Theory [MATH 210]
MATH 361: Mathematical Statistics [MATH 360]
MATH 370: Special Topics in Mathematics [prerequisites vary]
MATH 380: Introduction to Abstract Algebra [MATH 250]
MATH 390: Introduction to Differential Geometry [MATH 210]
MATH 440: Topology [MATH 211]
MATH 450: Real Analysis [MATH 211]
MATH 451: Complex Analysis [MATH 450]
MATH 454: Numerical Analysis [MATH 211]
MATH 460: Modern Algebra [MATH 380]

+ - Physics

Focus: Physics is the branch of science concerned with the fundamental laws of the universe. It deals with the elementary constituents of the universe—matter, energy, space, and time—and their interactions. Firmly grounded in observations and experiments, with a rich set of theories expressed in elegant mathematics, physics has made a multitude of contributions to philosophy, science, and technology. Students taking courses in this cluster will explore some of the most basic ways in which we comprehend the world in which we live.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Physics, Dr. Justin Dressel

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to majors in Physics.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Students take two core courses (either PHYS 101/PHYS 102 or PHYS 107/PHYS 108) plus two upper division courses. Prerequisites for each course are shown in brackets to help plan the sequence.

Core courses:

PHYS 101: General Physics I [MATH 115 or MATH 110. Corequisite: PHYS 101L.]
PHYS 102: General Physics II [PHYS 101, MATH 116, or MATH 111. Corequisite: PHYS 102L.]
PHYS 107: General Physics for the Life Sciences I, Lecture and Laboratory [MATH 110 or MATH 115, Corequisite, PHYS 107L]
PHYS 108: General Physics for the Life Sciences II, Lecture and Laboratory [MATH 111 or MATH 116, Corequisite, PHYS 108L]

Upper Division Courses:

PHYS 320: Mechanics I [PHYS 101, MATH 116 or 210, MATH 215 or 211]
PHYS 321: Mechanics II [PHYS 320]
PHYS 325: Biophysics [MATH 116 or MATH 111, PHYS 102 or PHYS 108]
PHYS 326: Cosmology [PHYS 101 and PHYS 102]
PHYS 340: Quantum Information Science [MATH 215 or MATH 211, CPSC 230]
PHYS 350: Experimental Methods in Optics [PHYS 102, MATH 215]
PHYS 370: Special Topics in Physics [PHYS 101 and PHYS 102]
PHYS 421: Electricity and Magnetism I [PHYS 102, PHYS 250]
PHYS 422: Electricity and Magnetism II [PHYS 421]
PHYS 430: Thermodynamics I [PHYS 201, PHYS 250]
PHYS 431: Thermodynamics II [PHYS 430]
PHYS 451: Quantum Mechanics I [PHYS 201, PHYS 250]
PHYS 452: Quantum Mechanics II [PHYS 451]
PHYS 453: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics [MATH 215 or MATH 211]
PHYS 491: Student-Faculty Research / Creative Activity [PHYS 101 and PHYS 102]

Suggested Upper Division Sequences:

Mechanics Sequence: PHYS 320, PHYS 321
Quantum Information Sequence: PHYS 340, PHYS 453
Introductory Physics Sequence: PHYS 320, PHYS 421
Electricity and Magnetism Sequence: PHYS 421, PHYS 422
Quantum Mechanics Sequence: PHYS 451, PHYS 452
Thermodynamics Sequence: PHYS 430, PHYS 431
Biophysics Sequence: PHYS 325, PHYS 430

+ - Technology, Science, and Society

Focus: Because the rapid pace of scientific progress risks widening the gap between knowledgeable scientists and uninformed citizens, responsible citizens must understand science in order to consider the social and ethical implications of scientific developments. Students taking courses in this cluster will explore the nature of scientific knowledge, understand current findings in science, especially those relating to genetics and the environment, and grapple with their ethical and social implications.

Cluster Coordinator/email: Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Dr. Jason Keller

Important information regarding Cluster completion:

  • No course in the student’s major discipline can be used to satisfy cluster requirements, even if the course is not being used to satisfy major requirements.
  • Because you may not apply a GE course to more than one GE category, no cluster courses may be shared with another GE category.
  • Course prerequisites appear in brackets in the list below.
  • If a course is restricted to majors only, you may request permission of the instructor or department chair, if space is available and you have met pre-requisites.
  • Courses in the cluster are not guaranteed for availability. Please check the catalog for the semesters in which the course is offered.
  • If you are having problems completing a cluster or finding available courses, please contact Academic Advising and/or the Cluster Coordinator.

Restrictions: Not open to Philosophy majors.

Courses: Choose four of the following, two of which must be upper division. Prerequisites appear in brackets.

CHEM 101: Chemistry of Life
CHEM 105: Chemistry of Environmental Issues  
CPSC: 285: Social and Ethical Issues in Computing [CPSC 230]
PHIL 303: Environmental Ethics  
PHIL 306: Games and Decisions  
PHIL 314: Medical Ethics  
PHIL 340: Philosophy of Mind  
SOC 335: Society and the Environment [SOC 101, or ENV 102, or consent of instructor]

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