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Mathematics

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Mathematics is the area of study that involves problem-solving by use of numbers, formulas, and patterns. 

Clark's program develops student's abilities to understand math concepts and processes as a foundational skill. A variety of math courses are offered that include algebra, calculus, statistics, and microeconomics. 

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Mathematics Department: (360) 992-2200
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Uncovering Your Math Potential 

Math is an all-encompassing field of study. It touches every facet of our lives from the technology we rely on to the money we use to buy goods and services. Students who choose to pursue a career in mathematics have a variety of fields to apply their skills.

Clark’s Math courses are suited for students of all skills and abilities. Our faculty works collaboratively with students to develop their skills and help achieve their educational goals.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Centers

Students in need of academic assistance can access our free STEM tutoring services. Support is provided on a drop-in or by appointment basis and is available to students at every skill level.

Prerequisites 

First-time students to Clark who do not possess math courses on their transcript will need to schedule an assessment test before enrolling in a math course. Math assessments can be scheduled at the Assessment & Placement center

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for Mathematicians exist in a variety of fields that include: engineering, robotics, business, and manufacturing. 

According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast Mathematician jobs growing at a rate of 15%, with a national median wage estimated at $50.87 per hour. 

Clark's program offers an Associate of Arts degree (AA) designed for students planning to acquire foundational skills in math or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelors degree program in Mathematics. The statistics listed are estimates based on a Bachelor’s degree and above.

Degree Options

Mathematics
Advances in science, technology, social science, business, industry, and government are dependent upon precise analysis and the extraction of information from large quantities of data. Environmental problems, for example, require careful analysis by persons with skills in mathematics, computer science, biology, geology, physics, and business.

The mathematics program at Clark College prepares students for successful study at four-year colleges and universities. At the university level, the student may prepare for a career in industry, government, or teaching. Students who intend to enter the job market before graduate school should have exposure to the natural, social, and applied sciences.

A variety of resources are available which help students with differing learning styles understand mathematical concepts. At Clark, computers, graphing calculators and other technology are integrated into classroom teaching.

The math department maintains a Web page that provides information about faculty members, course descriptions and online general advising for selecting a math course. Advice to help students succeed in math courses, along with instructional materials for some math classes, can be found on the website.

The math department staffs several help facilities to assist students on a drop-in basis. Assistance is provided by faculty and trained helpers.

Students who need to brush up on basic math skills will find classes in both the math and developmental education departments that prepare them for success before tackling college-level coursework.
General - Mathematics (suggested) (AA)
This is a suggested program for the first two years of major study in Mathematics. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
 
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
HPE 258
FITNESS-WELLNESS
3 cr.
or HPE 266
MIND BODY HEALTH
3 cr.
Oral Communications (5 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING
5 cr.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
ECON&201
MICRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
or ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
Additional Requirements
 
COLL 101
COLLEGE ESSENTIALS: INTRODUCTION TO CLARK
2 cr.
Elective Requirements
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
MATH&153
CALCULUS III
5 cr.
MATH 205
DISCRETE MATHEMATICS
5 cr.
MATH 215
LINEAR ALGEBRA
5 cr.
MATH 221
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
5 cr.
MATH&254
CALCULUS IV
5 cr.
Pre-100 Classes Required
PHYS 094
PHYSICS CALCULATIONS
1 cr.
PHYS 095
PHYSICS CALCULATIONS
1 cr.
PHYS 096
PHYSICS CALCULATIONS
1 cr.
Total Required Credits: 106
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills. (GE)