Department of Math and Natural Sciences

 Department Chair Dr. Neamat Mosaad
 E-mail nmosaad@auk.edu.kw

Minor in Mathematics (21 Credit Hours)

Mathematics is a group of related subjects that concern the study of numbers, geometry, shape, space, and pattern and their inter-relationships, applications, generalizations, and abstractions. After centuries of evolution, it has become a body of knowledge that intersects with logic and philosophy and effectively describes natural, social, and technological processes.

Although thinking mathematically is considered difficult by most students, everyone is born with mathematical ability. In fact, it is one of the most natural ways of thinking. Mathematics is also one of the most useful bodies of knowledge. In view of these features, the mathematics faculty members at AUK offer a Minor in this subject with the purpose of demonstrating its use as well as its relation to other subjects.

Program Requirements:

  • At least 9 credit hours must be taken at AUK.
  • A minimum grade of “C” must be achieved in each mathematics course.

Mathematics Minor Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Minor in mathematics, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of selected topics from calculus, linear algebra, and a distribution of other branches of mathematics.
  • Use mathematics to analyze mathematical problem situations, to make decisions and to verify results.
  • Use computational tools effectively and apply mathematics to several fields.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate mathematical ideas clearly.

Mathematics Core Courses (12 credit hours):
To complete a Minor in Mathematics, students must complete the following core courses

MATH 201

Calculus 1

(3)[M]

MATH 203

Calculus 2

(3)[M]

MATH 205  

Linear Algebra

(3)[M]

MATH 206

Calculus 3

(3)[M]


In addition, students must complete (in consultation with the academic advisor) 3 other courses (9 credit hours) chosen from among the following:

MATH 210

Differential Equations

(3)[M]

MATH 213

Discrete Mathematics

(3)[M]

MATH 214  

Statistics for Engineers

(3)[M]

MATH 325

Numerical Computing

(3)[M]

MATH 389

Special Topics

(3)[M]


Minor in Natural Sciences [Biology, Chemistry, Physics] (21 Credit Hours)


Natural Sciences are deeply involved in the activities that are essential to our modern civilization. The breadth of the Natural Sciences reflects the blurring of boundaries between the different sciences: biological problems are increasingly being solved using techniques which require an understanding of physics and chemistry, whilst many of the most pressing problems being addressed by chemists and environmental scientists require knowledge of physics and biology.

The mission of the Natural Science program is the development of literacy in the concepts, goals, and methods of a variety of science disciplines (fields of study), by offering courses in biology, chemistry, and physics. Students choose between a curriculum that stresses a solid knowledge base in biology, and a curriculum that emphasizes the physical or chemical sciences with less intense coverage of biology. Students can expect to deepen their knowledge through hands-on laboratory investigations, to develop observational and experimental skills. Students will develop critical thinking skills and a more detailed understanding of scientific concepts and methods through completion of a minor in Natural Science.

The broad flexibility of the program is intended to accommodate the needs and goals of students who wish to pursue a career in natural sciences as well as the needs of students who are taking courses in business, English literature, computer science, history and international relations, and other disciplines (fields of study).

The minor in Natural Sciences, combined with any major in liberal arts, prepares students for further studies and helps them in future employment in biology, physics, chemistry, medicine and allied health fields, engineering, bioinformatics, and environment management. Science-based career opportunities are widely distributed among business, industry, journalism, government, and education.

A minor in Natural Sciences requires the completion of 21 credit hours of coursework in Natural Sciences. The 7 credit hours of science courses taken under General Education Requirements can be used to fulfill the minor.

Natural Science Minor Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete the natural sciences minor will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major concepts and principles in biology, chemistry, or physics according to the levels of courses completed in each subject area.
  2. Demonstrate problem-solving abilities and apply scientific methods to investigate the natural world.
  3. Synthesize a convincing argument in the language of science.
  4. Acquire adequate preparation for careers in natural sciences and/or be admitted to and be successful in professional programs.

Program Requirements:

  • Students must have a “C” or better in Natural Science courses taken for the minor.
Natural Sciences Core Courses (8 credit hours)
Students must complete, in consultation with the academic advisor, two from among the following core courses (8 credit hours):

BIOL 101

General Biology I

(4)[P]

BIOL 102

General Biology II

 (4)[P]

CHEM 101 

General Chemistry I

(4)[P]

CHEM 102

General Chemistry II

(4)[P]

PHYS 101

Introduction to Physics I

 (4)[P]

PHYS 102 

Introduction to Physics II

(4)[P]

PHYS 115

General Physics I

(4)[P]

PHYS 116

General Physics II

 (4)[P]


Minor Electives (13 credit hours)
Students must choose in consultation with the academic advisor 13 credit hours, of which 6 hours must be upper level courses (300 or higher) from among BIOL, CHEM and PHYS courses.