This is a science course for non-science majors. There are no prerequisites for this course other than the standards needed to graduate from high school. To understand science requires the use of numbers and relationships between numbers much like a literature course requires the student to be able to read.
The math examples used in class are to demonstrate how math is used to understand and resolve scientific problems. It is one of the goals of this course to expose you (the student) to how the scientific process works so as to become educated in both the answers that science provides and the methods by which it arrives at these answers.
All math exercises in this course will be worked out in lecture and will not require any expertise beyond the skills needed to balance your checkbook. If you can't balance your checkbook we need to talk.