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Mathematics

Logic, reason, solutions

Mathematics involves critical thinking to construct logical arguments to communicate a thoughtful solution to a problem. At MVC, you'll learn the language of mathematics to understand how to communicate ideas in a precise, efficient manner.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Programs of Study

Mathematics for Transfer

Associate of Science for Transfer (MAS719/MAS720)

The Mathematics degree for transfer provides students with a sufficient academic basis from which to pursue a career in mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, and education.

This program prepares students for seamless transfer to a California State University.

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Why pursue mathematics?

Studying mathematics will develop the skills necessary to become a better problem solver. Many career fields require mathematical knowledge to solve complex problems in the world today. You'll learn persistence, patience, while logic and quantitative reasoning will help you make informed decisions and better prepare you to enter the workforce. Mathematicians have the choice to enter numerous fields, such as business, aeronautics, or economics, and earn competitive salaries.

What You'll Learn

Mathematics students primarily study advanced calculus, and take additional classes in differential equations, linear algebra, mechanics, or programming concepts in C++. Topics include:

  • How to reason mathematically both abstractly and computationally.
  • How to create and analyze mathematical models.

Career Paths

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Math
  • Math for Secondary School
  • Statistics

Mathematics Courses Tailored to Your Needs

At MVC, even if you choose not to pursue an associate degree in mathematics, you can choose the path that best suits your interest and program of study. Not all majors need to take the most difficult mathematics courses, while students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics may want to complete transfer-level coursework early on. Make sure to speak with your counselor to determine the best course path for you.

STEM majors typically follow a five to six mathematics course pathway:

  1. MAT-52 Elementary Algebra**
  2. MAT-35 Intermediate Algebra (degree applicable; typically students place into this course)
  3. MAT-36 Trigonmetry* and optional MAT-136 Support Corequisite for MAT-36**
  4. MAT-10 Pre-Calculus*
  5. MAT-1A Calculus I*
  6. MAT-1B Calculus II*
  7. MAT-1C Calculus III*, MAT-2 Differential Equations*, or MAT-3 Linear Algebra*

* UC/CSU Transferable and degree applicable

** Not degree applicable

Business majors typically follow a two to three mathematics course pathway:

  1. MAT-52 Elementary Algebra**
  2. MAT-35 Intermediate Algebra (degree applicable; typically students place into this course)
  3. MAT-5 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences* and optional MAT-105 Support Corequisite for MAT-5**

* UC/CSU Transferable and degree applicable

** Not degree applicable

Social science and liberal arts majors typically follow a two to three mathematics course pathway:

  1. MAT-52 Elementary Algebra**
  2. MAT-35 Intermediate Algebra (degree applicable; typically students place into this course)
  3. MAT-26 Math for Elementary School Teachers* or MAT-11 College Algebra* or MAT-12 Statistics* with optional MAT-112 Support Corequisite for MAT-12**

* UC/CSU Transferable and degree applicable

** Not degree applicable

Get help with math courses

MVC's academic support team offers mathematics assistance through the Learning Center. Students are welcome to access up to two hours of free tutoring per course per week, study space and study groups, as well as connect with faculty. Whether you're learning online or in-person, the Learning Center is available to help you succeed in your classes.

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