Mathematics forms the foundation of modern science. It is essential for those who want to understand and take part in the important scientific developments of our time. But it is also extremely useful for students in the social sciences and anyone who wants to comprehend, more fully, the world around us. At its crux, mathematics is a way for us to deepen our understanding and expand our horizons.

To succeed in Mathematics, individuals must keep an open mind, ask frequent questions and seek out the reasons behind their work instead of simply memorizing. Perseverance, organization, and critical thinking are also important for any mathematics student, no matter their skill level.

The Mathematics Program at San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley

Almost all students at our colleges will need to take at least one Mathematics course. It is important that you enroll in the appropriate class and that you do so early. Check our Guidelines for Choosing the Right Course to help you make decisions about placement tests and what courses you will need to take to fulfill your unique requirements.

The Field

Career Outlook

No matter your career, a basic understanding of mathematics is extremely useful, and often essential to success. A degree in Mathematics can be a gateway to many jobs in the sciences, including education, engineering, computer science, and physics.

Salary ranges for jobs within these trajectories vary greatly across sector and geography. Civil engineers in California make an average of $99,580 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Physicists in California make an average of $113,730 per year.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Analyze multiple representations of quantitative information, including graphical, formulaic, numerical and verbal.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills. Interpret the meaning of numerical answers.
  • Use methods of logic to support a claim using data, formulas and mathematical reasoning.

Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges.

Program taught in:
  • English

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