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Majors

Mathematical Thinking and Visualization

Mathematical Thinking and Visualization


NEW MAJOR AVAILABLE IN AUTUMN 2015

Mathematical Thinking and Visualization (MTV) draws on mathematics, statistics, and visual studies to develop new practices and tools for discovering, analyzing, and representing data. The major allows students to link mathematical thinking – the ability to recognize mathematical forms in relation to real-world phenomena – and data and information visualization – the ability to communicate and think about data in visualized form across contexts. Students graduating with an MTV major may enter into the wide variety of fields focused on data analysis and visualization, including statistics, visual analytics, and geographic information systems and sciences.

Note: Students may complete requirements for the major prior to Autumn 2015 and, if admitted, may graduate with the major as early as that quarter.

MTV Major Requirements
 

Prerequisites

In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have completed the following prerequisites to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Thinking and Visualization:

  • one quarter of calculus
  • one quarter of linear algebra

Students can complete these regularly taught courses at UW Bothell or at another institution. These courses provide underpinnings of the quantitative models and essential mathematical ideas.

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry* (5 credits)
  • BIS 209 Engaging Visual and Media Arts (5 credits)
  • BIS 232 Visualizing Quantitative Data (5 credits)
  • BIS 315 Understanding Statistics (5 credits)
  • Mathematical Reasoning Courses (10 credits)
  • Visualization Practice and  Methods Courses (10 credits)
  • Mathematical Reasoning Course OR Visualization Practice and Methods Course (5 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone (3 credits)
  • General Electives (22 credits)

Total = 90 credits

*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.
Note: Classes in this major will be offered primarily during day-time hours.

Mathematical Reasoning Courses: Students will choose at least two courses that will help them develop the mathematical tools gained in their prerequisite and core courses. This list will evolve as curricula across UWB change; courses in this category explicitly study mathematical principles. That emphasis is manifest in their readings, assignments, and evaluation.  This criterion does not exclude courses with substantial application, but a student finishing a course in this category should be able to reflect critically on the mathematical principles learned, in a way that aids their thoughtful application elsewhere.

These courses will include:

  • BCUSP 125 Calculus II
  • BCUSP 126 Calculus III
  • BIS 230 Mathematical Thinking for the Liberal Arts
  • BIS 302 Issues in Mathematics Across Cultures
  • BIS 329 Topics in Mathematics Across the Curriculum
  • BIS 350 Concept of Number
  • STMATH 300 Foundations of Modern Math
  • STMATH 310 Mathematical Game Theory
  • CSS 342 Data Structures, Algorithms, and Discrete Mathematics I

Visualization Practice and Methods Courses: Students will choose at least two courses that extend their capacities in visualization and communication. Visualization practices and methods may include modeling and tools for exploring and examining data sets. It includes interactive presentation through the simultaneous display of multimedia data such as numbers, words, and images, and informal modes of communication, along with polished presentations to specific audiences. Courses in this category develop means of representing, and critically examining data and arguments.

These courses will include:

  • BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems
  • BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
  • BIS 352 Mapping Communities
  • BIS 382 The Visual Art of Biology
  • BIS 434 Psychology and the Visual Arts
  • BIS 442 Advanced GIS Analysis and Applications
  • BIS 447 Topics in Quantitative Inquiry
  • BISMCS 473 Visual Communication

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies
 

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

Within the above-listed 90 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. At least 10 credits in each Area must be completed in courses offered by UW Bothell. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an LEPP major requirement.

Lower Division Credit Policy

Up to 35 credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework taken at UW Bothell may be applied toward designated requirements within the 90 program credits. Please contact an IAS advisor for details.

Matriculated status

With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy LEPP major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

MTV Major

For more information about the MTV major, contact Professor Cinnamon Hillyard.