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Mathematics - FAQ

Do you still have questions about the program, careers after graduation, or how to get started? Take a look at the frequently asked questions or talk with an advisor to get the help you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Normally, the Mathematics program takes two years of full-time study. If you're starting your first two years of a four-year degree, it's two years here plus two more at a four-year school. Some students take longer because they can't attend full-time or need help with reading, writing, or math.

In addition to an associate degree, if you complete the Mathematics program, you'll 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.

You’ll also be well prepared to transfer to a university to finish your bachelor's degree.

Mt. Hood Community College has several student resources on campus to help students connect with employers and find a job placement both during and after their time at MHCC. Learn more through Career Planning.

If you're 18 or older, you can start without a high school diploma or GED. But if you haven't finished high school, you can work on it here while beginning your career. Students under 18 without a diploma should talk with an advisor to get the assistance you need to get started.

You can start a course or two without them. But it's best for all students, whether full-time or part-time, to take the placement test soon, especially if you're aiming for a degree or certificate. The test covers reading, writing, and math and is free. To schedule a placement test, contact Testing Services.

No, most required Mathematics program classes are available in all regular academic terms, including Summer. Please meet with an academic advisor to plan your path to graduate.

Yes, some classes are available at night or online, but it may take you longer to complete your program that way. Not all classes are available at night every term, so meet with an advisor to plan carefully.

Sometimes, yes. Some classes must be taken in order, and some have prerequisites. Check the catalog or talk to an academic advisor to plan your classes.

There's no special application for students in the Mathematics program, but you must apply to MHCC.

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