The Math/Science Major
Fields in math and science are widely recognized as some of the most critically important fields in our complex, highly technical global environment. Given the general shortage of people with training in these essential areas, tremendous career opportunities are open to students who elect math/science as their major.
Students who pursue a major in Math/Science (associate degree) must complete 3 math courses, 4 lab science courses, and a course in information technology in addition to all the general education course requirements. In the second year of study, Math/Science majors complete Research Practicum I and II. This practicum affords students the opportunity to pursue an area of interest while working with faculty mentors. This is an ideal major for those who love math, science, and computer science, or who plan to pursue baccalaureate majors in math, the natural sciences, engineering or computer science.
The mission of this major is to provide students with the introductory science and math courses needed to fulfill the general prerequisites in a natural science or math major at a four-year school.
Through the course of study in the Associate Degree in Math/Science, students will be provided an opportunity to learn how to:
• recognize the scientific method in various contexts.
• utilize technology to gather, store and present academic research or scientific topics.
• identify important historical figures in biology and chemistry.
• draw conclusions from laboratory experiments and present this data in an appropriate format.
• recognize basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry.
• develop practical use of mathematics in problem-solving.
After completing the associate degree, Math/Science students who transfer are well prepared for further studies in mathematics, engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, or environmental science. Students may also pursue pre-medicine or pre-veterinarian programs from this major.
A variety of careers are open to students who complete the Math/Science major, including research, teaching, engineering, environmental studies, environmental policy analysis, computer science, business, medicine, and veterinary medicine. The rigor of the academic training provided by these majors allows successful graduates to pursue any number of careers outside of the traditional math and natural sciences field, including business and the insurance industry.