BA/BS Modeling

Each circle represents a 4-credit course to be distributed among the categories of Language, Quantitative Literacy, Writing & Cultures, and the Areas of Inquiry: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Letters and Other. You may edit the names of the categories. Currently the Bachelor of Arts requires 12 credits more than the Bachelor of Sciences—these are represented by the lighter colored circles.

Bachelors of (specify)

Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Arts & Letters
Quantitative Literacy
Writing & Cultures
Writing 121
Writing 122/123
Other (specify)

Post your proposed degree.

Drag the circles to the categories and create your own Bachelors degree. Click on “Post your proposed degree” to send your proposed degree to the comments. This will result in some HTML code appearing in the comments text area below. Just hit “Post Comment” and your proposal will appear in the comments!

You may edit the text within each circle, for instance to designate a specific course. This has been done with Writing 121, 122/3 and a course in U.S. Cultures: Difference, Inequality, Agency (DIA) and one in Global Perspectives (GP). These courses are currently considered immutable because their requirements are recently specified by Senate legislation. We have categorized these writing courses and US:DIA, GP under the heading Writing & Cultures to unify and simplify the presentation of requirements to students.

Things to think about when dragging and editing:

  • The total number of credits should be the same between the BA and BS
  • Based on the Rule of Thirds for undergraduate degrees: 1/3 credits for Core Ed, 1/3 for the major and 1/3 for exploration, and the 180 credit requirement for Bachelors degrees, solutions which use fewer of the light gray circles are preferable.
  • Currently courses are allowed to double-dip betwixt Areas of Inquiry and between an Area of Inquiry and US:DIA or GP. Thus it may be possible to satisfy requirements without taking a course for each circle appearing in the diagram.
  • Currently courses which satisfy the BA or BS may not be used simultaneously to satisfy an Area, US:DIA, or GP requirement. We should discuss whether it is preferable, feasible and/or necessary to relax this prohibition.
  • The current requirements for Areas of Inquiry are actually 15 credits per Area—not four courses per Area. This is to ease transferability, and the vast majority of our students meet this requirement by taking four courses.
  • We are rethinking our BA/BS requirements; do not feel constrained by our current requirements when distributing courses.
  • If you have creative ideas about how BA or BS specific courses, sequences or programs should work, please email me.

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These Fonts Here

Google Fonts integration with WordPress (and a convenient Gutenberg block) has changed web design for the better. You can now easily choose from 700+ free fonts to type-up your webpage.

Check out a few of my favorites and why I chose them for this site.

Cormorant Garamond

If it were up to me, I’d always write in a font like Garamond (or the pretty well-done bastardization offered here). But it’s not a good font for the web. It’s not chunky enough for good legibility; even on paper it can be a tad effete. So I kept looking for the basic content font for this site.

Avería Serif Libre

Now here’s a web font! Avería Serif Libre is chunky enough to be legible on a screen. It’s serifed, but barely, and it has a slightly blurry appearance that lends personality. The reason for this is amazing—it’s formed by averaging all the serif fonts in Google’s font collection! You can read all about it here. As a probabilist, how could I resist? Avería Serif Libre is the basic content font for this site.

Open Sans CONDENSED 700

I loves me some condensed sans serifs. Open Sans Condensed (here in the 300 weight) is the font for all subheadings (in ALL CAPS). The Open Sans collection is an excellent sans font that goes well with everything. The condensed version is tight, but legible, and the 700 weight makes a good heading font.

Archivo NARROW

The default heading font for the theme (Ixion) is Archivo Narrow in ALL CAPS. It still appears in menus, buttons and featured content because I haven’t gotten around to changing the CSS. It’s a good font, especially if you’re stuck with it.

Faster One

I chose this one for the header, because it looks FAST! Also, when I’m in a hurry I sign my email -=C


Math Pictures

The set of polynomials of degree 4 with all roots on the unit circle, and inscribed easily described regions.

The set of polynomials of degree 4 with all roots on the unit circle, and inscribed easily described regions.

Large resultants of families of polynomials generated as in Dobrowolski’s Lemma (which leads to the best known lower bound for Mahler measure as a function of degree).

The eigenvalues of a real random asymmetric matrix with iid normal entries.

I’m not sure what this is, but it’s interesting.

The zeros of Wronskians of consecutive Hermite (and other classical orthogonal) polynomials are pretty wild.

Pair correlation in the scaling limit near the real edge in Ginibre’s real ensemble.