Develop critical thinking and reasoning skills for real-world problem-solving in a variety of settings. Choose from two sequences of math courses, pre-college and college-level, to meet your needs.
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, and for students transferring to four-year colleges. These courses satisfy the math requirements for majors in mathematics and in disciplines such 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 of Science (AS-T) degree from Pierce College. For students who — after taking the directed self-placement test — feel that they need additional support, corequisite courses are offered at the college entry level.
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 assists in the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills that can be used to solve problems in a variety of applications. Mathematics courses at Pierce College include the study of contemporary math, elementary math education, math for business, 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.
Courses in statistics and computer science are highly recommended for math majors. Math majors should also take one of the sequences of science courses such as physics or chemistry. See your advisor for specific recommendations.
About the Program
Assistance is provided for all levels of mathematics to students of Pierce College on both campuses. The Tutoring centers are staffed by a combination of faculty and advanced math students who provide drop-in tutoring to students.