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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.
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Associate in Science Degree in Mathematics for Transfer (AS-T)
The Mathematics AS-T provides student with sufficient understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and application to attain upper division status in mathematics at most 4 year institutions.  This degree is intended for students who are interested in the theory of mathematics and are planning on transferring to a four year institution and majoring in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science or Statistics. 
Successful completion of the Mathematics AS-T guarantees the student acceptance to a California State University (but not to a particular campus) to pursue a 4-year degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Math Education.
To obtain the Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer degree, students are required to complete the following:
1.    Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
2.    Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
3.    Completion of 24 semester units in the Mathematics major as detailed in the Program Requirements below. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5 § 55063).
4.    Certified completion of either the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) pattern, (see page 64 of the catalog); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, (see page 66 of the catalog) for more information.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
MATH 1A Calculus 5
MATH 1B Calculus 5
MATH 2A Multivariate Calculus 5
PH 4A Engineering Physics 5
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​One course from the following:  ​4
​MATH ​2B ​Linear Algebra (4)
MATH 2C Ordinary Differential Equations (4)
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  Required Subtotal 24
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern
Transferable Electives+ (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
* Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC. confer with Counselor.
+ Elective units to reach 60-unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
Associate in Science Degree in Mathematics 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.
and transfer preparation
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
MATH 1A Calculus 5
MATH 1B Calculus 5
MATH 2A Multivariate Calculus 5
MATH 2B Linear Algebra 4
and/or MATH 2C Ordinary Differential Equations (4)
PH 4A Engineering Physics 5
PH 4B Engineering Physics 5
PH 5 Computer Programming I: C++ for Sciences & Engineering 3
or CS 7A Computer Science I  (4)
  Required Subtotal 32-33
  COD General Education Pattern (confer with Counselor) 18
Transferable Electives (confer with Advisor) 8
  Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2
Consult catalog of transfer institution for specific requirements.