The F6 Requirement

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HOW DO I FULFILL THE F6 REQUIREMENT AT RHODES COLLEGE?

Rhodes College′s foundation requirements establish a framework for liberal education and lifelong learning. In particular, the faculty believe that it is important that students gain facility with mathematical reasoning and expression. Some human experiences are most effectively expressed in mathematical language, and important areas of intellectual inquiry rely on mathematics as a tool of analysis and as a means of conveying information. Students can meet the faculty′s expectations in this regard by satisfying the "F6 requirement."

Like most foundation requirements, the F6 requirement is not connected to a specific department. Students can fulfill the F6 requirement by, for example, taking specific courses from the Departments of Economics, Philosophy, Physics, and Psychology. However, a large proportion of the college′s courses that satisfy the F6 requirement are offered by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

A mathematics or computer science major will automatically fulfill the F6 requirement through many of the courses that are required for these two majors. Many other majors require at least one course that satisfies the F6 requirement as discussed below.

Biology, neuroscience, and chemistry majors. Biology and chemistry majors are required to take courses from among Applied Calculus (Math 115), Introduction to Applied Statistics (Math 111), a portion of the main calculus sequence (Math 121 and Math 122), and Fundamentals of Computer Programming (Computer Science 141), all of which satisfy the F6 requirement. Biochemistry and molecular biology majors will satisfy their F6 requirement by taking Applied Calculus (Math 115), Introduction to Applied Statistics (Math 111), or a portion of the main calculus sequence (Math 121 and Math 122).  Neuroscience majors are required to take Statistical Methods in Psychology (Psychology 211), and will satisfy their F6 requirement with this course.

Physics majors. Physics majors will satisfy the F6 requirement by taking courses in the main calculus sequence (Math 121 and Math 122), as well as the introductory physics sequence (Physics 111 and Physics 112).

Environmental Studies or Environmental Science majors. Environmental Science majors are required to take Introduction to Applied Statistics (Math 111). The course Applied Calculus (Math 115) satisfies a requirement for Environmental Studies majors, and it satisfies the F6 requirement as well.

Majors in the social sciences (anthropology, business, psychology, sociology, political science, international studies, political economics, etc.) While psychology majors will satisfy the F6 requirement by taking Statistical Methods in Psychology (Psychology 211), many social science majors would benefit considerably by taking the department′s Introduction to Applied Statistics (Math 111), Fundamentals of Computer Programming (Computer Science 141), or Linear Methods (Math 107). Commerce and Business majors are required to take a statistics course (Economics 290 or Math 111) as well as a calculus course (Math 115 or Math 121), all of which satisfy the F6 requirement.

Humanities and fine arts majors (history, music, English, languages, theatre arts, art, art history, Greek and Roman Studies, cultural studies, etc.) Humanities majors should focus on satisfying the F6 requirement by taking a course that they will enjoy and that might support them in life after Rhodes College. Many humanities and fine arts majors fulfill the F6 requirement by taking Linear Methods (Math 107), Introduction to Applied Statistics (Math 111), Cryptography (Math 108), or Fundamentals of Computer Programming (Computer Science 141). Additionally, students can satisfy the F6 requirement by working their way through the college’s music theory sequence until they complete Mathematical Music Analysis: Post-Tonal Theory (Music 306).