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Mathematics

Department Overview
The Mathematics department offers a sequence of introductory courses that build the basic quantitative and symbolic reasoning skills needed in almost all fields of study and professional/technical programs. Pierce College also provides a sequence of college-level math courses for students transferring to four-year colleges or pursuing technical vocational programs. These courses satisfy the math requirements for majors in mathematics and in such disciplines as business, accounting, economics, statistics, actuarial science, math education, engineering and all of the sciences. These college-level courses include the math needed for the Associate in Science degree from Pierce College. In many disciplines people use mathematics to help make sense of phenomena observed in the world by analyzing data, finding patterns and developing theories. Math also can help us develop critical thinking and reasoning skills that can be used to solve problems in a variety of applications. Our mathematics courses emphasize aspects of Pierce College’s five core abilities (critical, creative, and reflective thinking, effective communication, information competency, multiculturalism and responsibility) in ways appropriate to the particular course. Pierce College offers a full sequence of pre-college mathematics classes to accommodate students entering the college with a variety of math backgrounds. (See below for the sequence of pre-college level courses.) Many of these courses are offered in the Math lab and as distance learning courses as well as in self-contained classes. College-level mathematics courses at Pierce College include the study of contemporary math, elementary math education, business precalculus and calculus, statistics, precalculus, differential and integral calculus, and more advanced courses in multivariate calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. Each course includes examples of applications taken from many fields of study. Most of these courses require the use of graphing calculators which may be rented for a nominal fee through the library. Students have a wide range of choices to satisfy the quantitative skills requirement for the AA degree. Students completing MATH 096 (Interm. Algebra in Context) or MATH 098 (Interm. Algebra for Precalculus) have the option to take MATH&107, MATH&131, or MATH&146. Students completing MATH 098 (Interm. Algebra for Precalculus) also have the option to take MATH& 141, MATH& 147, or MATH 114. The appropriate choice depends on a student’s major and intended transfer institution. Additional math courses may be required depending on a student’s program of study. Each transfer student should carefully plan a program of study with the help of a faculty advisor to ensure that transfer requirements are met.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Mathematics
MATH 050 - BASIC MATHEMATICSPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 051 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ARITHMETICPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 054 - BEGINNING ALGEBRAPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 060 - INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRAPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 091 - MATH REVIEW
MATH 096 - INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA IN CONTEXTPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 098 - INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA FOR PRECALCULUSPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 107 - Math in Society (formerly MATH 107 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH 111 - COLLEGE MATH FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATIONGeneral ElectivesQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH 114 - APPLIED ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY, AND TRIGONOMETRYGeneral ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 131 - Math for Elem Educ 1: Number Systems & Problem SolvingGeneral ElectivesQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 132 - Math for Elem Educ 2: Geometry and StatisticsQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 141 - Precalculus I (formerly MATH 121 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 142 - Precalculus IIGeneral ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 146 - Introduction to Stats (formerly MATH 281 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 147 - BUSINESS PRECALCULUSNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 148 - Business Calculus (formerly MATH 157 - CCN)Natural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 151 - Calculus I (formerly MATH 124 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 152 - Calculus II (formerly MATH 125 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 153 - Calculus III (formerly MATH 126 - CCN)General ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH& 163 - Calculus 3Natural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH 205 - LINEAR ALGEBRANatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH 224 - MULTIVARIATE CALCULUSGeneral ElectivesNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable ElectivesPre-College & Prerequisite
MATH 238 - DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONSNatural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives
MATH& 264 - Calculus 4Natural ScienceQuantitativeGeneral Transferable Electives