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
Engineering Pathways at Reed
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Biology
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Computer Science & Computational Biology
Pre-Medical Pathways at Reed
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Physics
Biology Professor Kara Cerveny's Lab Tour
Virtual Lab Tour with Julie Fry
Computational Biology Professor Anna Ritz's Lab Tour
Biology Professor Derek Applewhite's Laboratory Tour
Biology Professor Suzy Renn's Laboratory Tour
Biologist Greta Glover's Stockroom Tour
Biology Professor Jay Mellies' Laboratory Tour
Biology Professor Sam Fey Talks About His Research
Math Department Roundtable Discussion
Computer Science and Math Faculty Office Hours
Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology Faculty Office Hour Highlights
Virtual Class Visits (Now Closed)
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.
CHEMISTRY/ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES: Organic Chemistry II
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.