This area of concentration provides a foundation for students interested in mathematics (as well as many other careers). It is suitable for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution in order to pursue a baccalaureate degree or advanced degrees in mathematics, science, or business.
Students who take the courses recommended in the mathematics focus area will be able to:
- use algebra, calculus, and statistics to assist in problem solving.
- use the computer and graphics calculator as tools to aid in problem solving.
- use higher-order thinking skills in applying learned principles to new problems and real-world situations.
- be successful in upper-level mathematics courses.
A mathematics major is one of the most versatile majors in Arts and Sciences. An understanding of mathematics is necessary for the study of many disciplines in science and business. The mathematics focus area graduate has three major options:
- transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in mathematics and find employment as a computer scientist, financial analyst, statistician, systems analyst, actuary, economist, laboratory supervisor, insurance salesman, secondary school teacher, bookkeeper, accountant, biostatistician, auditor, surveyor, air traffic controller, or tax consultant.
- transfer to a four-year institution and complete a baccalaureate degree in science such as biology, chemistry, or physics.
- transfer to a four-year institution in a pre-professional or professional program and develop a career in architecture, bioengineering, business, chiropractic, clinical laboratory technology, dentistry, education, law, medicine, occupational or physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, plant pathology, or veterinary medicine.
Preparation for IHCC:
Prospective students should have a strong background in mathematics, science, writing, and reading skills. At least two years of high school algebra, one year of high school geometry, one-half year of high school trigonometry, four years of high school English, and one year of high school laboratory science are highly recommended.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the mathematics program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor and the mathematics faculty at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements. Students should also consider working toward the Associate of Science degree at IHCC, which requires 30 semester credits in mathematics and science.