20202021 Catalog
Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning


Courses in this area explore the scope and major concepts of mathematics and/or scientific disciplines. In the sciences, the intent is to present the principles and concepts which form the foundations of living or nonliving systems. The focus of all courses in Area B is on the presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument, the appreciation of the use/misuse of data, and the organization of information in quantitative, technological or other formal systems. Students are introduced to the principles and practices that underscore mathematical and scientific inquiry (logic, precision, hypothesis generation and evaluation, experimentation and objectivity) and gain an understanding of the process by which new knowledge is created, organized, accessed, and synthesized. Students improve their reasoning skills (critical thinking, problemsolving, decisionmaking, analysis and synthesis), and apply information and technology to the understanding of complex and diverse problems in mathematics and the sciences. They become aware of the influence and significance of mathematics and the sciences in world civilization.
Students must complete a minimum of one course in each of the subareas, including UDGEB. At least one course in B1 or B2 must include a B3 laboratory component.
