Academic Catalog


Mathematics Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Since jobs requiring mathematical skills such as data analysis, problem solving, pattern recognition, statistics, and probability are in high demand, the mathematics major may benefit both educationally and economically from developing and pursuing an interest in mathematics. Mathematical skills and statistical methods are employed regularly by researchers testing hypotheses, by workers applying quality control in manufacturing, and by informed citizens who must evaluate information from the media in tabular, graphical, and report form in order to reach solutions. This major offers a foundation in these necessary skills. The emphasis is to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution and/or for career preparation in a vocational or professional field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions about simple and complex systems by collecting, assessing, and analyzing information.
  • Communicate technical ideas in group and professional settings in both written and oral form.

Career Opportunities

Air Traffic Controller
Bank Officer2
Budget Analyst1
Computer Operator
Computer Programmer1
Cost Estimator2
Credit and Collection Manager2
Data Processing Manager
Financial Planner1
Insurance Agent/Broker
Insurance Claim Examiner
Laboratory Examiner
Loan Officer
Market Research Analyst1
Mathematics Teacher1
Securities Trader1
Semiconductor Technician
Systems Analyst1


Bachelor Degree or higher required.


Bachelor Degree normally recommended.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
MATH-180Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH-280Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
List A
Select one of the following:3
Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
List B
Select one of the following:3-5
Introduction to C++ Programming
Engineering Computer Applications
Elementary Statistics
Discrete Mathematics
Mechanics and Waves
Any course from List A not selected
Total Units19-21

Plus General Education Requirements

Recommended Electives

Students planning to transfer to four-year institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, or Statistics should select an emphasis in an applied discipline such as accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, or physics. In particular, transfer students are strongly urged to elect the following physics courses:

PHYC-201Mechanics and Waves5
PHYC-202Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat5
PHYC-203Light, Optics, and Modern Physics5

Students preparing for a vocational or professional career are strongly encouraged to select an emphasis in a vocational/professional discipline such as business, computer and information science, CADD technology, electronics technology, or environmental health and safety management.

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Mathematics. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.