This program parallels the first two years of a baccalaureate degree program in mathematics. The mathematics major prepares students, upon graduation, to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue professional careers requiring quantitative reasoning and analytical thinking. Traditional mathematics occupations consist of teaching positions in schools and colleges or research positions in universities or industry. Other related mathematics fields include statistics, survey and market research, operations research, computer systems design and programming, economics and finances, and robotics and aerodynamics. Careers in applied mathematics usually focus on developing mathematical models for technical and scientific data, whether in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering or medicine.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in my major? Students must demonstrate proficiency in elementary (MAT 013 or MAT 013A/013B) and intermediate (MAT 014 or MAT 014A/014B) algebra, as well as precalculus (MAT 129 or MAT 129A/129B). In addition, they must successfully complete all courses required by the College placement tests, and fulfill the science course prerequisites. The science courses of biology and chemistry require a high school laboratory course with a minimum grade of C or the equivalent developmental science courses (BIO 010, CHM 010).
Can students transfer to a four-year college or university? The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.
How long will it take to complete this degree? Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.