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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.


Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer ​Degree (AS-T)

The Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer, also called the Mathematics AS-T, provides student with sufficient understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and application to attain upper division status in mathematics at most four-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. Students who complete the Mathematics AS-T will receive “priority admission with junior status to the California State University system.”

This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 24 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. 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 4
MATH 1B Calculus 4
MATH 2A Multivariate Calculus 4
PH 3A Engineering Physics 4
One course from the following: 4 Units ​​  
MATH 2B Linear Algebra 4
MATH 2C Ordinary Differential Equations 4
    Required Subtotal 20
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
    Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable Units)  

1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC. confer with Counselor.

2 Elective units to reach 60-unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.

* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 59 of the 2014-15 COD Catalog.


Mathematics Associate in Science Degree 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 4
MATH 1B Calculus 4
MATH 2A Multivariate Calculus 4
MATH 2B Linear Algebra 4
and/or MATH 2C Ordinary Differential Equations (4)  
PH 3A Engineering Physics 4
PH 3B Engineering Physics 4
CS 7A Computer Science I 4
  Required Subtotal 28
  COD General Education Pattern (confer with Counselor) 18
  Transferable Electives (confer with Advisor) 12
  Kinesiology Activities 2
Consult catalog of transfer institution for specific requirements.