• Mathematics


  • Catalog Year 2018-2019

    The Mathematics curriculum at MHCC is focused on real applications, problem-solving, appropriate technology use, conceptual understanding, mathematical skills and a discovery/experiential approach to math. We enthusiastically welcome mathematics majors entering at all mathematical levels.

    The Math department is pleased to honor exemplary mathematics students with recognition awards, which may include scholarship funds. Details are available from your current math instructor around the fifth week of the term.

    There are many careers available for students majoring in math, including actuarial work, education and positions as the math experts in industry and computer science. For more information, please contact a math instructor, the Career Advising Center or visit the website of the Mathematical Association of America at maa.org.

    Curricular Outcomes

    At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

    • Effectively communicate a problem-solving process, results and conclusions using mathematical terminology and correct mathematical syntax
    • Apply mathematical concepts, skills, reasoning and modeling to solve problems arising from the real world
    • Model problem situations visually, numerically, graphically and/or algebraically and make connections among various models
    • Demonstrate a command of functions from multiple perspectives
    • Determine if a solution is reasonable, verify results and compare solutions from different approaches
    • Use appropriate technology to analyze and solve mathematical problems
    • Describe and interpret, from multiple perspectives, the purpose and usefulness of the derivative concept
    • Describe and interpret, from multiple perspectives, the purpose and usefulness of the integral concept

    See an adviser to personalize this plan and/or to create a plan that starts with the math sequence before calculus. It is possible to start the calculus sequence as late as spring of the first year, take summer classes and finish by spring of the following year. Students hoping to teach at any level are strongly encouraged to apply for work as a tutor in the Learning Success Center for hands-on experience.

    This plan follows the Associate of Science degree.

    First Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement 3
    Term Credits: 12
    Second Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 5
    WR227 English Composition: Critical Thinking or WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    MTH243 Statistics I 4
    Term Credits: 13
    Third Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH253 Calculus III 4
    Oral Communication/Rhetoric requirement 3-4
    Social Science requirement 3-4
    MTH244 Statistics II 4
    Term Credits: 14-16
    Fourth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus 5
    Arts & Letters requirement 3-4
    PH211 General Physics w/ Calculus I or university science requirement1 5
    Term Credits: 13-14
    Fifth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH256 Differential Equations 5
    PH212 General Physics w/ Calculus I or university science requirement 5
    Arts & Letters requirement 3-4
    Term Credits: 13-14
    Sixth Quarter
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH261 Linear Algebra 4
    Social Science requirement 3-4
    PH213 General Physics w/ Calculus III or university science requirement 5
    Electives / university requirement 4
    Term Credits: 15-16

    1 PH211-213 are not required for graduation from MHCC but will fulfill the lab science requirement for math majors at most Oregon universities.

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