Your Curriculum


Catalog 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Robert Hauss: 491-7383 - Room AC 2576

The Mathematics program at Mt. Hood is a curriculum 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 at all levels 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  

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, the student should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively 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 using mathematics 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 .

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a mathematics degree at a college or university.* To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

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.

First Quarter Cr
MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 4
WR121 English Composition 4
  Computer Literacy 1 1
  Health and Physical Education requirement 1 3
  Elective 2 3
Second Quarter
MTH252 Calculus II : Integral Calculus 4
WR127 Technical Report Writing 4
  Humanities requirement 1 3-4
  Electives 2 6
Third Quarter
MTH253 Calculus III 4
  Oral Communication/Rhetoric requirement 1 3
  Social Science requirement 1 3-4
  Elective 2 3
Fourth Quarter
MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus 5
  Humanities requirement 1 3-4
  Lab Science requirement 3 4-5
  Electives 2 4
Fifth Quarter
MTH256 Differential Equations
  Lab Science requirement 3 4-5
  Electives 2 6
Sixth Quarter
MTH261 Linear Algebra 4
  Social Science requirement 1 3-4
  Electives 2 8

1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements, page 14 of the printed catalog.
2 Recommended electives: MTH243/244 (some schools, including PSU, require a statistics sequence for math majors); CS161; German, French or Russian (recommended for those pursuing graduate work in math); MTH211/212/213 (recommended for those interested in teaching math at any level, sequence starts fall/winter); PH211/212/213 (sequence starts fall). Other areas of study that would support continuing education and/or employment in mathematics: engineering, PHL191 Language and the Layout of Argument, economics, computer science, science.
3 Lab science is required by most universities for a Bachelor of Science degree; it is not required for MHCC graduation.
4Students 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.

Transfer Schools’ Web Links
Oregon State University -
Portland State University -
University of Oregon -
Western Oregon University -

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