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Why Choose Math at PPCC?

An understanding of mathematics is necessary for the study of many disciplines and opens doors to many careers. We are dedicated to helping students obtain a solid foundation of academic rigor, excellence and performance.

What will I study?

While studying math at PPCC students will develop problem solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers and technical fields. Students will:

  • Learn to listen, write and speak using mathematic language and concepts.
  • Apply math to real world problems, come up with solutions and reflect on their results.
  • Consider use of technology in modern day mathematics.
  • Gain a broad understanding of technology, physics and engineering fields as they relate to math.

Math provides solid concepts that apply to multiple fields. Completing this degree guarantees transfer in the state of Colorado to any state university and gives students the foundation to further their understanding of math.

Example Classes I Might Take

Examine the truth about physical reality through reasoning, mathematics and experimentation. Covers kinematics, force, gravity, energy, momentum, torque, rotational dynamics, fluids, and waves. The concepts and theories presented in class are explored through demonstrations and hands-on experiments. This first semester calculus-based physics course is recommended for students entering engineering or one of the advanced sciences.
Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. Includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.
Focuses the traditional subject matter of multi-variable Calculus with an additional emphasis on word problems and problem solving. Topics include vectors, vector-valued functions, partial derivatives, analytic geometry, multiple integrals, line integrals, Stokes', Divergence Theorems and Green's Theorems, and applications.

Math for College Credit or the Degree?

All degrees have a math requirement and most certificates do as well. Courses that are college level will have a "1" or a "2" as their first number in the course number.  Some degrees will require multiple math classes. The Associate of Science Math requires students to take math courses up to Calculus, but can vary depending on each student's previous math experience.

Being Successful with Math

Mathematics is sequential, what you learned in the last class you will need for the next class. In order to be successful in math you must first have a solid foundation in basic math and algebra. PPCC offers many resources, such as the Learning Commons and other services to help you be successful in Math. 

Preparation for College Math

Many students must first take class(es) to prepare them for their college math requirement.  Preparatory classes will start  with a course number of  "0".  Visit placement testing for more information.  College Prep Math courses are considered to be: 

  • Non-credit EdReady for students who do not qualify for Mat 050
  • Math 050 for students on the Qualitative Track and CTE Track
  • MAT 055 for students on the Algebraic Track

For more information see College Prep Math.

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Career Options

The current data-driven market makes math skills increasingly valuable to employers.  A degree in Mathematics or a strong mathematical background opens doors to careers in:

  • ● Mathematician
  • ● Instructor
  • ● Analyst
  • ● Engineer
  • ● Operations Research

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