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.
The Mathematics AS-T
provides student with sufficient understanding of mathematical concepts, skills
and application to attain upper division status in mathematics at most 4 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.
Successful completion of the Mathematics AS-T guarantees the
student acceptance to a California State University (but not to a particular
campus) to pursue a 4-year degree in Mathematics, Engineering, Statistics, Math
To obtain the Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer
degree, students are required to complete the following:
of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework.
While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a
higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
of 24 semester units in the Mathematics major as detailed in the Program
Requirements below. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of
C or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “pass-no pass” basis (title 5
completion of either the California State University General Education-Breadth
(CSU GE Breadth) pattern, (see page 64 of the catalog); OR the Intersegmental
General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern, (see page 66 of the
catalog) for more information.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept
the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to
earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major).
This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a
particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU
system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the
degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
Associate in Science Degree in Mathematics 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.