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DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS 

The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive program, which includes everything from remedial mathematics and beginning algebra through four semesters of calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations. Free tutoring services (both drop-in and computerized tutoring) are available for all students registered in a Department of Mathematics math class.  For a list of course offerings, go to Courses Offered.

The Department of Mathematics offers two degree tracks:

  • Associate of Science (A.S.)
  • Associate of Science Transfer (A.S.T)

Below are the requirements to complete each degree.

 

Associate of Science (A.S.)

The degree is designed for students planning to transfer with a major in mathematics. The student will acquire the ability to apply the principles of differential and integral calculus of one and several variables, differential equations, and linear algebra. Competencies will be assessed through problem solving involving limits; derivatives and integrals of real- and vector- valued functions of one and several variables; areas and volumes; line, surface, and volume integrals; numerical methods; sequences and series; ordinary differential equations; power series solutions; Laplace transforms; eigenvectors; vector spaces; and application problems. Students will have the ability to utilize computer algebra systems in problem solving.

 

A student who has not completed the high school prerequisite courses will be required to remove the deficiencies by completing the appropriate course or courses selected from: Mathematics 12, 23, 40, 60, 73, 80, 170, 180.  The course with which the student must start is determined by his or her grades in prerequisite courses listed in the course description, or by assessment. The El Camino College Mathematics Placement Test may be taken only for initial mathematics course placement. Skipping a course by re-taking the Mathematics Placement Test is not permitted.

 

Liberal Studies (Elementary Teaching) Major:
Students with this major should complete Mathematics 110 and 111.  Mathematics 150 is recommended.

 

Preparation for the Transfer Major:
For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in the Counseling Services Center, consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center. You may use the transfer major requirements to help you fulfill your associate degree requirements.

 

Mathematics General A.S. Degree

The program is designed as a terminal degree in general mathematics. The student will acquire the ability to apply the principles of analytic geometry and differential and integral calculus of one variable. Competencies will be assessed through problem solving involving limits; derivatives and integrals of functions of one variable; areas and volumes; and application problems. Students will have the ability to utilize computer algebra systems in problem solving.

 

Note: Students planning to transfer with a major in mathematics should also refer to the program description for the A.S. Degree in Mathematics.

 

El Camino College Major Requirements:
At least 24 units for this degree must be completed at El Camino College.

 

Complete the following courses (20 units):
MATH 190: Single Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 units)
MATH 191: Single Variable Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (5 units)
MATH 220: Multi-Variable Calculus (5 units)
MATH 270: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (5 units)

 

And one course from (4 to 5 units):
CSCI 1: Problem Solving and Program Design using C++ (4 units)
CSCI 2: Introduction to Data Structures (5 units)
CSCI 3: Computer Programming with Java (4 units)
MATH 150: Elementary Statistics with Probability (4 units)
MATH 150H: Honors Elementary Statistics with Probability (4 units)
MATH 210: Introduction to Discrete Structures (4 units)
PHYS 1A: Mechanics of Solids (4 units)
PHYS 3A: General Physics with Calculus (5 units)

 

Total Units: 24-25

 

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS 

 

 Actuary                Financial Analyst
 Applied Science Programmer   Information Scientist
 Appraiser   Inventory Manager
 Architect   Investment Analyst  
 Assessor   Loan Officer  
 Auditor   Mathematician  
 Biomedicine Researcher   Operations Research Analyst 
 Budget Analyst   Physical Scientist 
 Casualty Rater   Programmer 
 Cartographer   Psychometrist 
 Computer Scientist   Statistician 
 Credit Counselor   Stock Broker 
 Cryptanalyst   Surveyor  
 Demographer   Systems Analyst  
 Econometrist   Teacher/Professor 
 Engineering Analyst   Technical Writer  
 Estimator  

Technical Sales Representative 

 

 Finance Director    
     

Additional career information is available
from the professional society

                                                                       
MAA (Mathematical Association of America)