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Associate in Science Degree

Mathematics is a multifaceted subject of great beauty and application. The study of math explores some of the deepest questions and puzzles that have ever been encountered and equips the student with a universal language used to study quantities and relationships in all fields. Through the study of mathematics, the student develops both the ability to think logically and abstractly as well as the problem-solving and computational skills necessary for success in any field of study. A major in mathematics transfers to a four-year university where students have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Mathematics, Physics, disciplines in Physical Sciences, and Statistics. Career Options: Actuary, Appraiser, Assessor, Auditor, Biometrician, Budget Analyst, Casualty Rater, Computer Programmer, Controller, Demographer, Doctor, Econometrician, Engineering Analyst, Epidemiologist, Financial Analyst, Investment Analyst, Lawyer, Management Scientist, Mathematician, Operations Researcher, Public Opinion Analyst, Statistician, Surveyor, Systems Analyst, Teacher, and Urban Planner.

Major Core Requirements (23 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Only one:

Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Honors Calculus and Analytical Geometry

5 units
5 units
Only one:

Calculus and Analytical Geometry
Honors Calculus and Analytical Geometry

5 units
5 units
MATH004AIntermediate Calculus5 units
MATH004BDifferential Equations4 units
Only one:

Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics

4 units
4 units

Major Electives: Select two courses from the list below (6-10 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
BIOL040Organismal Biology4 units
BIOL041Principles of Animal Biology5 units
BIOL042Principles of Plant Biology5 units
BIOL043Principles of Cell Biology5 units
CHEM001AGeneral Chemistry5 units
CHEM001BGeneral Chemistry5 units
CHEM012AOrganic Chemistry5 units
CHEM012BOrganic Chemistry5 units
CIST004AComputer Programming I (C++ Programming)4 units
CIST004A1Computer Programming I (Java)4 units
CIST004BData Structures using Advanced C++4 units
CIST004B1Data Structures using Advanced Java4 units
CIST005AIntroduction to Python4 units
CIST005BAdvanced Python4 units
CIST037C Programming4 units
Only one:

Principles of Macroeconomics
Honors Principles of Macroeconomics

4 units
4 units
Only one:

Principles of Microeconomics
Honors Principles of Microeconomics

4 units
4 units
ENGR021Intro Computing for Scientists and Engineers3 units
GEOL001APhysical Geology4 units
GEOL001BHistorical Geology4 units
MATH004CLinear Algebra4 units
Only one:

Elementary Statistics
Honors Elementary Statistics

4 units
4 units
MATH019Discrete Mathematics4 units
PHYS002AGeneral Physics - Mechanics5 units
PHYS002BGeneral Physics - Electricity and Magnetism5 units
PHYS004AEngineering Physics - Mechanics5 units
PHYS004BEngineering Physics - Electricity and Magnetism5 units
PHYS004CEngineering Physics - Light, Heat, and Waves5 units
PHYS005Advanced Topics in Modern Physics3 units

Total Major Units: 29-33 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Adapt general mathematical techniques to course-specific problems.
  • Solve problems using mathematical symbols, operations, and techniques appropriate to the course content and level of study.
  • Apply appropriate technology including calculators and computers to the solution of mathematical problems.
  • Demonstrate computational, estimation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Construct mathematical models of physical problems, draw conclusions from these models, and communicate their conclusions.
  • Formulate and test mathematical conjectures.
Last Updated 7/19/23