Mathematics


Program Description


An Associate in Arts (AA) in Mathematics degree will prepare students to transfer to a university for future employment in actuarial sciences, statistics, education, cryptology, cartography, topology, and research.  Students should work closely with their academic advisor in their choice of courses as they consider which mathematics specialty best fits their career goals.

Graduates of these programs will successfully complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to present mathematical ideas to others in both oral and written form
  • Show proficiency with a broad range of mathematical concepts from arithmetic and algebra through calculus and differential equations
  • Use mathematical methods to analyze real-world problems and then use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions based on the interpretations of the results
  • Effectively apply appropriate technology to help solve mathematical problems
  • Work as individuals and as members of collaborative teams to apply analytical and quantitative tools to a variety of applications
  • Demonstrate an ability to investigate a mathematical problem through numerical, graphical, analytical, and contextual approaches

Degree(s) / Certificates(s)


Title Local Bachelor's
Mathematics - A.A. Transfer Degree -

Career Outlook


Successful completion of this program may lead to a variety of employment opportunities, most of which require continued higher education at the university level. Below are examples of related occupations and annual mean wages in Arizona according to a May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Survey Researchers 
Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.
$54,070
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 
Research, study, and prepare maps and other spatial data in digital or graphic form for one or more purposes, such as legal, social, political, educational, and design purposes. May work with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). May design and evaluate algorithms, data structures, and user interfaces for GIS and mapping systems. May collect, analyze, and interpret geographic information provided by geodetic surveys, aerial photographs, and satellite data.
$66,310
Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers 
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
$79,090
Operations Research Analysts 
Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision-making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, services, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.
$87,610
Statisticians
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as biostatistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
$88,820
Actuaries
Analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.
$105,220
Data Scientists 
Develop and implement a set of techniques or analytics applications to transform raw data into meaningful information using data-oriented programming languages and visualization software. Apply data mining, data modeling, natural language processing, and machine learning to extract and analyze information from large structured and unstructured datasets. Visualize, interpret, and report data findings.
$108,800
Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Check the above for additional information.

Contact Information


Department Contact(s)

Mathematics


Hours of Operation
Faculty/Staff Contact(s)
Name Title Phone Email
Joann Chang Associate Dean of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Physical Education, and Wellness (928) 344-7665 Joann.Chang@azwestern.edu
Sotero Alvarado Math Center Coordinator/Professor of Mathematics (928) 344-7715 Sotero.Alvarado@azwestern.edu
Nicole Bethurum Professor of Mathematics/Head Softball Coach (928) 344-7544 nicole.bethurum@azwestern.edu
Rita Brown Professor of Mathematics (928) 344-7782 Rita.Brown@azwestern.edu
Lauryn Geritz Professor of Mathematics (928) 317-6062 lauryn.geritz@azwestern.edu
Renee Macaluso Professor of Mathematics (928) 344-7657 Renee.Macaluso@azwestern.edu
Greg McGuire Professor of Mathematics (928) 344-7732 Greg.McGuire@azwestern.edu
Peggy Locklear Professor of Mathematics (928) 314-9570 peggy.locklear@azwestern.edu
Brett Peterson Professor of Mathematics (928) 314-9456 brett.peterson@azwestern.edu
Whitney Peterson Professor of Mathematics (928) 344-7587 ila.peterson@azwestern.edu
Elena Zieba Professor of Mathematics (928) 317-6283 Elena.Zieba@azwestern.edu
Kweiman Yang Professor of Mathematics (928) 314-7792 kweiman.yang@azwestern.edu
Rebecca Kessler Professor of Mathematics - South Yuma County (928) 314-9453 Rebecca.Kessler@azwestern.edu
Aaron Koopmann Professor of Mathematics - South Yuma County (928) 314-9462 Aaron.Koopmann@azwestern.edu