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MATHEMATICS

The Golden West College Mathematics Department offers a number of programs to satisfy the diverse needs of its students:

  • The Developmental Mathematics Program
    The Developmental Program is designed for students who desire to improve their mathematics skills in Arithmetic, Prealgebra, Algebra, and Geometry.
  • The K-8 Teacher Preparation Program
    This Program is designed for students who desire to become K-8 Teachers
  • The General Education Transfer Program
    This Program is designed for students planning to transfer to four -year colleges or universities but are not committed to a major in Mathematics, the Physical or the Social Sciences.
  • The Natural Science Transfer Program
    This Program is designed for students majoring in Mathematics, Physical Sciences (i.e. Astronomy, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Physics), Life Sciences (i.e. Pre-medicine, Biology, Botany, Microbiology) In addition to these programs the department also offers free tutoring for students enrolled in mathematics courses at Golden West College.

Program Highlights

The department offers a comprehensive sequence of mathematics at the two-year college level from arithmetic through differential equations.

  • All instructors possess Masters degrees in mathematics
  • Tutoring is available for any GWC math student
  • The department maintains two fully equipped computer labs with staff to assist GWC students in developmental/remedial math classes.

Link to: DEVELOPMENTAL MATH PROGRAM web pages.

Math Science Division

Jeff Courchaine, Dean

For more information contact:
The Division Office
MathSciOffice@gwc.cccd.edu
714-895-8990

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This program qualifies for GWC's 2-year completion guarantee!

Associate In Science Degree In Mathematics For Transfer

Required courses | Semester at a Glance

Mathematics Associate In Arts Degree In Mathematics

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Science Degree In Mathematics For Transfer

By successfully completing the courses for an AS-T in Mathematics at Golden West College, the student will gain a practical and theoretical understanding for future studies in mathematics. Students satisfying requirements for the Associate in Science in Mathematics for Transfer are guaranteed transfer into a bachelor’s program in mathematics at a California State University campus. Students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the California State University system should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree to verify that a particular college acknowledges and accepts the AS-T in Mathematics conferred by Golden West College.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • State and interpret the definition of derivatives, and compute the derivatives of basic and transcendental functions of one or more variables. (Math 180, Math 185, Math 280)
  • Apply concepts of differential and integral calculus of one or more variables to solve problems involving rates, area, volume, and lengths of arcs. (Math 180, Math 185, Math 280)
  • State and interpret the definition of integrals, and calculate definite and indefinite integrals involving basic and transcendental functions. (Math 180, Math 185)
  • Graph equations in the rectangular, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems, curves defined parametrically, conic sections, vectors, and vector valued functions. (Math 280)
  • Solve first-order differential equations and compute partial derivatives. (Math 185, Math 280, Math 282)
  • Perform matrix operations, eigenvalue and eigenvector computations and applications. (Math 235)

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Mathematics for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core
Mathematics G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units
Mathematics G185 – Calculus 2 – 5 units
Mathematics G280 – Calculus 3 – 5 units

List A: Select one course from the following

Mathematics G282 – Ordinary Differential Equations – 4 units
Mathematics G235 – Linear Algebra – 4 units
Mathematics G285 – Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations – 5 units

List B: Select one additional course from the following
Mathematics G282 or Mathematics G235 if not selected above
Physics G185 – Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics – 4 units
Computer Science G175 C++ Programming – 4 units
Mathematics G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units

Total units: 23-24


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Science Degree In Mathematics For Transfer

Semester 1
Math G180 (Core) – Calculus 1 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Math G185 (Core) – Calculus 2 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Math G280 (Core) – Calculus 3 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
One courses from: (List A)
Math G282 (Fall Only) – Ordinary Differential Equations – 4 units
Math G235 (Spring Only) – Applied Linear Algebra – 4 units
Math G285 – Intro to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations – 5 units

One course from: (List B)
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
Physics G185 – Calculus based Physics: Mechanics – 4 units
Computer Science G175 – C++ Programming – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Major total: 23-24 units
CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 6 units
Transferable Electives  (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 3-9 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AST.


Mathematics Associate In Arts Degree In Mathematics

Program Level Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • State and interpret the definition of derivatives, and compute the derivatives of basic and transcendental functions of one or more variables.
  • Apply concepts of differential and integral calculus of one or more variables to solve problems involving rates, area, volume, and lengths of arcs.
  • State and interpret the definition of integrals, and calculate definite and indefinite integrals involving basic and transcendental functions.
  • Graph equations in the rectangular, polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems, curves defined parametrically, conic sections, vectors, and vector valued functions.
  • Solve first-order differential equations and compute partial derivatives.
  • Perform matrix operations, eigenvalue and eigenvector computations and applications.
Required courses

Mathematics G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units
Mathematics G185 – Calculus 2 – 5 units
Mathematics G280 – Calculus 3 – 5 units

Select one of the following:
Mathematics G235 – Applied Linear Algebra – 4 units
Mathematics G282 – Ordinary Differential Equations – 4 units
Mathematics G285 – Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations – 5 units

Total units: 19 – 20


Semester at a Glance – Mathematics Associate In Arts Degree In Mathematics

Semester 1
Math G180 – Calculus 1 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Math G185 – Calculus 2 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Math G280 – Calculus 3 – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
One course from:
Math G282 (Fall Only) – Ordinary Differential Equations – 4 units
Math G235 (Spring Only) – Applied Linear Algebra – 4 units
Math G285 – Intro to Linear Algebra and Differential Equation – 5 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19-20 units
GWC GE, CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 21-39 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units<

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MATHEMATICS G009 – 1 Unit
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Medication Calculations for Nurses
This course presents a review of decimals, fractions and percents as utilized by medical professionals to calculate drug dosages. Dosage calculations are presented using ‘dimensional analysis.’ Additional applications include conversion between the metric, apothecary and household systems, dosage calculations based upon body weight, intravenous calculations, and preparation of dilutions. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

MATHEMATICS G010 – 4 Units
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Elementary Algebra
Properties of real numbers; simplifying polynomial, rational, and radical expressions; solving linear, quadratic, rational, and radical equations in one variable; the rectangular coordinate system; graphing linear equations in two variables; and solving systems of linear equations in two variables. Applications of mathematical concepts. Equivalent to a first-year high school algebra course. Taught in a combined large lecture and laboratory format. Software used requires access to a computer with Windows operating system. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

MATHEMATICS G030 – 4 Units
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Intermediate Algebra
Prerequisites: Mathematics G010 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This course is equivalent to a second-year high school algebra course. Topics include absolute value, rational exponents, radicals, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations and inequalities, functional notation, linear and quadratic functions, conic sections, logarithms, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear systems in two and three variables, sequences, and series. Lecture. Letter grade only.

MATHEMATICS G100 – 3 Units
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Liberal Arts Mathematics
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Using and expanding upon the skills gained from intermediate algebra, this course offers the liberal arts student an applications-oriented, problem-solving exploration into a variety of mathematical fields including geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and business mathematics. This course is designed not only to meet college general education requirements but to help generate a positive attitude toward and an interest in mathematics. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G104 – 3 Units
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Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
(Formerly known as: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Topics include problem solving skills, structure and arithmetic of the real number system, other numeration systems, set theory, and manipulatives. This course is designed for students planning to be elementary teachers. Student should complete Mathematics G020 (high school geometry) before taking the CBEST test, or the second math course for elementary teachers at a four-year school. UC Credit Limitations: Math G103, G104 and G106 combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G115 – 4 Units
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College Algebra
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This course is designed for students needing to improve algebra skills necessary for success in Math G140 and Math G180. Topics include linear and quadratic functions and their graphs, polynomial and rational functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions and their graphs, conic sections, sequence and series, solving systems of equations, matrices and determinants, counting and probability. UC Credit Limitations: Math G115 and G170 combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G120 – 3 Units
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Trigonometry
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Advisories: Mathematics G020
This course is a study of the circular and trigonometric functions. The topics include inverses, graphs, solutions of triangles, conditional equations, identities, vectors, complex numbers, polar coordinates, parametric equations, and applications of these concepts. A scientific calculator is recommended. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

MATHEMATICS G140 – 4 Units
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Business Calculus
(Formerly known as: Mathematics 130)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G115 or G170 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This course is designed for students of business, management, and social science who need only one semester of calculus that covers a variety of topics that usually span parts of three semesters of calculus. Topics include functions, limits and continuity, differentiation, integration, graphing, the calculus of two variables and applications of the derivative and integral. This course does not prepare a student to enter Mathematics G180 or G185. UC Credit Limitations: Math G140, G180 and G180H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID MATH 140 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G160 – 4 Units
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Introduction to Statistics
Prerequisites: Mathematics G030 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
Topics include concepts and procedures of descriptive and inferential statistics; collecting, classifying, tabulating, graphing univariate and bivariate data; measures of central tendencies, variation, percentiles, probability, binomial, normal, T, Chi-square and F distributions; making inferences, decisions and predictions. This course develops statistical thinking through the study of and applications to data sets in the social and behavioral sciences, business, and other disciplines. The use of a graphing calculator and/or statistical analysis computer programs is integrated into the course. UC Credit Limitations: Math G160 and G160H combined—maximum credit, one course. UC credit limitations. See counselor. C-ID MATH 110 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G170 – 5 Units
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Precalculus
Prerequisites: Mathematics G120 or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This course will cover topics required for studying calculus. Particular emphasis will be placed on the analysis of polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric and inverse functions. Other topics include vectors, analytic geometry, linear systems, matrices, elementary theory of equations, polar coordinates, sequences, series, and complex numbers. This course is essential for those students planning to study Mathematics G180 (Calculus 1). UC Credit Limitations: Math G115 and G170 combined—maximum credit, one course. Math G170 (maximum credit, 4 units.) Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G180 – 5 Units
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Calculus 1
Prerequisites: Mathematics G170 or G115 and G120, or Mathematics Placement Assessment
This is the first course in a three-course sequence designed for mathematics, science and engineering majors. The topics covered in this course include limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, applications of derivatives, indefinite integrals, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and applications of integration. UC credit limitations. See counselor. C-ID MATH 211 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G185 – 5 Units
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Calculus 2
Prerequisites: Mathematics G180 or G180H
This is the second course in a three-course sequence designed for mathematics, science and engineering majors. The topics covered in this course include methods of integration, applications of the definite integral, polar and parametric functions, improper integrals, convergence and divergence of sequences and series including power series, and conic sections. (The student should plan to complete the first three semesters of calculus at Golden West College to maintain continuity.) C-ID MATH 221 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G235 – 4 Units
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Applied Linear Algebra
(Formerly known as: Mathematics 290)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G185
Introduction to linear algebra, classical linear algebra problems, and applications to computer science and related technologies including matrices, determinants, linear spaces, linear transformations, and eigenvalues. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. Offered spring semester only.

MATHEMATICS G280 – 5 Units
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Calculus 3
Prerequisites: Mathematics G185
This is the third course in a three-course sequence, designed for mathematics, science and engineering majors. Topics include vectors in three-dimensional space, curves and surfaces, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, the gradient, the curl, the divergence, multiple integration, Green’s Theorem, Gauss’ (Divergence) Theorem and Stokes’ Theorem. The student should plan to complete the first three semesters of calculus at Golden West College to maintain continuity. C-ID MATH 230 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G282 – 4 Units
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Ordinary Differential Equations
Prerequisites: Mathematics G185
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory, techniques and applications of ordinary differential equations. The topics covered include first-order differential equations, higher-order differential equations, power series solutions, Laplace transforms, systems of differential equations and numerical methods. C-ID MATH 240 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

MATHEMATICS G285 – 5 Units
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Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
(Formerly known as: Ordinary Differential Equations)
Prerequisites: Mathematics G185
This course is designed to introduce students to the fields of Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. Topics include matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear systems of equations, inner product spaces, first and second order differential equations, systems of differential equations, and Laplace transforms. C-ID MATH 910S Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC. Offered fall semester only.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Mathematics will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

Some Popular Career Choices:

Teaching

The teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level is a high-demand field and the need is expected to grow in the future. The place to go for explicit career information is the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics homepage.

Actuarial Science

Actuarial science takes mathematics and statistics and applies them to finance and insurance. Actuarial science includes a number of interrelating disciplines, including probability and statistics, finance, and economics. Check out Be An Actuary.

Computer Science

Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. Mathematicians, with their training in logical and precise thinking, are highly prized in this field. See the student section of the Association for Computing Machinery for career advice.

Operations Research

Operations research is an interdisciplinary branch of mathematics which uses mathematical methods to arrive at optimal decisions to problems in maximizing or minimizing things like costs or profits. The eventual intention behind using Operations Research is to elicit a best possible solution to a problem mathematically, which improves or optimizes the performance of the system. The group INFORMS is the world’s largest society devoted to operations research/management science.

Biomathematics

Mathematical biology or biomathematics is an interdisciplinary field of study. It models natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques and tools. Results have been applied to areas such as cellular neurobiology, epidemic modelling, and population genetics. The education page of the Society for Mathematical Biology links to schools offering biomath degrees along with a description of the coursework needed.

Cryptography

Cryptography is the practice and study of hiding information. Cryptography is considered to be a branch of both mathematics and computer science. Not just for spies anymore, cryptography applications include the security of ATM cards and computer passwords.

Finance

Finance is a field that studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects. Mathematicians can build models to help explain and predict the behavior of financial markets. Several schools offer Master’s degrees in Financial Mathematics. A quick web search will take you to their web pages.

Source: Mathematical Association of America www.maa.org/careers

Pete Bouzar
Associate Professor, Mathematics
B.A., M.A., California State University at Fullerton; further graduate study: Argosy University.

Antony Hoang
Professor, Mathematics
B.S., M.S., University of California at Irvine.

Lindsay Lewis
Instructor, Mathematics
B.A., M.A.,  California State University at Fullerton.