• Mathematics

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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

    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 in 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:

    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 (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Elective2 3
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 5
    WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Electives2 3
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH253 Calculus III 4
    Oral Communication/Rhetoric requirement1 3
    Social Science requirement1 3-4
    Elective2 6
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH254 Calculus IV: Vector Calculus 5
    Humanities requirement1 3-4
    Lab Science requirement3 4-5
    Elective2 4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH256 Differential Equations 5
    Lab Science requirement3 4-5
    Electives2 6
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    MTH261 Linear Algebra 4
    Social Science requirement1 3-4
    Electives2 8

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science; refer to degree requirements, in 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 ‐ College of Science Mathematics at OSU
    Portland State University ‐ Department of Mathematics and Statistics at PSU
    University of Oregon ‐ Department of Mathematics at UO
    Western Oregon University ‐ Mathematics Department at WOU