# 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.

**Rick Hicks, Dean**

For more information contact:

The Division Office

MathSciOffice@gwc.cccd.edu**714-895-8990**

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CSU San Bernadino

CSU San Diego

CSU San Francisco

CSU San Jose

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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

**All instructors possess at minimum a Master’s Degree in Mathematics.*

**Gita Alemansour** – *Program Chair and Full-time Faculty*

B.S. in Engineering from UCI & M.A. in Mathematics from CSUF

Office: MS – 221; Ext. 51090

galemansour@gwc.cccd.edu

**Pete Bouzar** – *Professor*

B.A. & M.A. in Mathematics from CSUF

Office: MS – 226; Ext. 52247

pbouzar@gwc.cccd.edu

**Antony Hoang** – *Professor*

B.S. & M.S. in Mathematics from UCI

Office: MS – 225; Ext. 51042

ahoang@gwc.cccd.edu

**Maryam Khakbazan** – *Full-time Faculty*

M.S. & M.A. in Engineering and Mathematics from CSUF

Office: LRC – 326; Ext. 52296

mkhakbazan@gwc.cccd.edu

**Gary Kirby** – *Full-time Faculty*

B.A. & M.A. in Mathematics from UCSC

Office: MS – 223; Ext.51100

gkirbyjr@gwc.cccd.edu

**Natalie Koch** – *Full-time Faculty*

B.A. Mathematics from UCSB, M.S. Mathematics CSULB

Office: MS – 223; Ext. 51122

nkoch2@gwc.cccd.edu

**Lindsay Lewis** – *Full-time Faculty*

B.S. & M.S. in Mathematics from CSUF

Office: MS – 225; Ext. 51108

llewis@gwc.cccd.edu

**Annette Park** – *Full-time Faculty*

B.S. in Mathematics from UC Irvine; M.A. in Mathematics from CSUF

Office: MS – 222; Ext. 51068

apark52@gwc.cccd.edu