Mathematical and Natural Sciences

The Division of Mathematical and Natural Sciences offers foundational courses to familiarize students with elementary principles that form a basis of understanding each discipline. Students have the opportunity to learn methods of observation, experimentation, analysis, and reasoning, gaining insight into the nature of the mathematical and physical worlds. The division offers majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics.


Faculty Office Hours '21 - Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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Faculty Office Hours '21 - Biology

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Computer Science & Computational Biology

Pre-Medical Pathways at Reed

Faculty Office Hours '21 - Physics

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Math Department Roundtable Discussion

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BIOLOGY: Developmental Biology

T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am

With an emphasis on principles common among many living organisms, this course explores the beauty and wonder inherent in the developmental processes that are shaped on a multitude of levels including genetic, cellular, organismal, ecological, and evolutionary.

BIOLOGY: Genes, Genetics, & Genomes

T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am

Overview and exploration of fundamental concepts and processes in genetics including heredity, mitosis, meiosis, DNA replication, transcription, translation, segregation, linkage, recombination, epistasis, selection, migration, drift, and evolution.

BIOLOGY: Introduction to Computational Biology

M/W/F 10:05am - 10:55am

High-throughput technologies produce massive amounts of data, much too large to analyze by hand. The goal of this course is to learn how to analyze DNA, RNA, and protein sequences using computers.

BIOLOGY: Topics in Biology 102

T/Th 8:50am - 10:10am

Introductory biology course examining topics through the disciple of biology.

CHEMISTRY: Chemical Reactivity

M/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm

The focus of this semester will be to develop conceptual, diagrammatic and mathematical models that describe the macroscopic behavior of matter.


M/W/F 9:00am - 9:50am

Structure, methods of preparation, and reactions of important classes of organic compounds will be stressed. 

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Computer Networks

M/W/F 9:00AM - 9:50am

Overview of communication theory, internet layer model, and network architectures.

MATH/STATS: Data Science

T/Th 8:50am - 10:10am ; T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am

The course will be problem driven with a focus on collecting and manipulating data, using exploratory data analysis and visualization tools, identifying statistical methods appropriate for the question at hand, and communicating the results in both written and presentation form.

MATH: Discrete Structures

M/W/F 3:10pm - 4:00pm

Sets, cardinality, number theory, combinatorics, probability. Proof techniques and problem solving. Additional topics may include graph theory, finite fields, and computer experimentation. 

MATH: Introduction to Analysis

M/W/F 12:15pm - 1:05pm ; M/W/F 1:35pm - 2:25pm

Field axioms, the real and complex fields, sequences and series. Complex functions, continuity and differentiation; power series and the complex exponential.

MATH: Vector Calculus

M/T/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm

Modern approaches to the multivariable derivative and the multivariable integral--the former characterized intrinsically as a well approximating linear map, the latter treated via the algebra of differential forms--unify many disparate classical phenomena.

PHYSICS: Elementary Particles

T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am

This course is an introduction to elementary particle physics, the description of Nature at the shortest distance scales. This class will emphasize the theoretical underpinnings of the Standard Model of particle physics and its experimental verification.

PHYSICS: General Physics II

M/W/F 10:00am - 11:00am

Calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, optics, and other topics at the discretion of the instructor.

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