Mathematics is the study of quantity,
structure, space and change. It is developed through the use of abstraction and
logical reasoning, from counting, calculation, measurement, and the study of
the shapes and change.
Career paths chosen by students pursuing
undergraduate studies in mathematics commonly include teaching, actuary,
computer science, statistics, physics and engineering. Careers in the
discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include mathematics,
engineering and the natural sciences. Even students who choose not to major in
mathematics find that coursework in the field can improve their ability to
think critically, solve complex problems, perform research and analysis and
improve their writing skills.
College of the Desert’s mathematics curriculum
includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as
well as specific mathematical topics that can be applied to other areas like
physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering. In addition, the
Mathematics Department offers an extensive remedial Mathematics curriculum to
assist the large portion of students that enter the College and are not
prepared for college level mathematics. Two tracks are offered: Associate in
Science Degree in Mathematics for Transfer, “Mathematics AS-T” and Mathematics Associate in Science Degree and Transfer
Preparation, “Mathematics AS”. For
more information please call (760) 773-2573.
Mathematics Associate in Science Degree and transfer preparation
Students who complete the Mathematics AS may pursue (entry-level)
positions as teacher’s aid or may choose to continue their study in the
discipline toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree. COD has transfer agreements
with California State Universities and University of California systems in this
discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and
universities vary from institution to institution; students should consult with
a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of
their preferred college or university.