Texts & Materials


  • Calculus: Calculus: Concepts and Contexts, 4th edition, Stewart. ISBN: 9780495557425
  • Chemistry: Chemistry: The Central Science, 14th edition, Brown, Lemay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward & Stoltzfus. ISBN: 9780134414232
  • Physics: Matter and Interactions, 4th edition, Chabay & Sherwood. ISBN: 9781118875865

Math and science textbooks can be very expensive. However, these texts cover the entire year, and students will be required to have access to these texts for successful completion of the program. Used versions of these textbooks are often readily available. Some textbooks will be available for rent in the bookstore. Copies are available for occasional use on open reserve in the library and in the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QuaSR) Center, also in the library.


You should wait to purchase the lab supplies described below until after our Lab Safety Lecture, which will occur during the first week of class; we list them here now so you can budget for purchasing them at that time.

  • Laboratory Safety Goggles (required) can cost anywhere from $5 – $25, and will be available at the campus Science Support Center. (Please wait to purchase until after our first week Lab Safety Lecture).
  • Laboratory Notebooks (required) will need to be hard-covered and bound (like a composition notebook), and you will also need a Sharpie marker (or equivalent). These can be purchased on campus, and will cost anywhere from $5 – $25. (Please wait until after our first class meeting before purchasing).
  • Calculator: For chemistry exams, you will need a scientific or graphing calculator (a calculator that has scientific notation, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions); you will not be allowed to use the calculator on your phone. Scientific calculators can be purchased for under $15. For calculus, a graphing calculator with a computer algebra system (such as the TI-89) is recommended (this would be acceptable for chemistry exams also); in lieu of such a calculator, a hand-held device that includes the ability to graph functions (for example, a smart phone with the Desmos app) is required for calculus. In summary: if you have a graphing calculator, you are fine; if you do not have a graphing calculator but do have a smart phone, then purchase an inexpensive scientific calculator.