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

Programs

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AA in Mathematics

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office.

Program Requirements Based on Fall/Spring rotation  (AGEC-S certificate also included)

Prior to First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 150183
or
MAT 151 & 183
or
MAT 187 *
College Algebra w/ ReviewPlane Trigonometry
or
College Algebra: Standard & Plane Trigonometry
or
Precalculus *
5+2
or
4+2
or
5
Pre-requisite for MAT 220 
(counts towards elective credits)
  * MAT 187 has a pre-requisite of MAT 121 or MAT 150 or MAT 151 5-7  

First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 220 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry 5 Major Requirement
ENG 101 
or
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I 3 GE-Composition
CSC 127A Introduction to Computer Science 1 (recommended) 4 General Elective
PHI 103 Introduction to Logic (recommended) 3 GE-Humanities
 
15  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 230 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry 5 Major Requirement
ENG 102 
or
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II 3 GE-Composition
CSC 127B Introduction to Computer Science 2 (recommended) 4 General Elective
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1 (recommended) 3 GE-Arts
    15  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 241 Calculus III with Analytic Geometry 4 Major Requirement
MAT 270 Applied Statistics (recommended) 4 General Elective
PHY 121 University Physics I (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (WI)
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/101 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additonal Courses
    19  

Milestones:

  • If transferring, apply to universities

Co-Curricular Requirements:

Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
MAT 262 Differential Equations 3 GE-Additional Course
PHY 131 University Physics II (recommended) 4 GE-Physical & Biological Sciences
SOC Choose one Writing Intensive course from Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 GE-Social & Behavioral Sciences (WI)
Second Language Choose a course from Second Language/102 level (recommended)
(or take a CLEP exam)
4 GE-Additonal Courses
    14  

Milestones:

Co-Curricular Requirements:

  • Attend Etiquette Lunch
  • Meet with Career Services
  • Apply for university scholarship opportunities  

Transfer Paths and Requirements

UNIVERSITY DEGREE MAJOR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Arizona State University BS, BA Mathematics (multiple program options) BS: none
BA: 4th Semester Proficiency
Northern Arizona University BS Mathematics (multiple program options) None
University of Arizona  BS, BA Mathematics (multiple program options) 2nd or 4th Semester Proficiency (depends on program)

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.  

Career Overview & Job 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

Contact Information

Mathematics and Engineering Division Staff

Joann Chang
Associate Dean
(928) 344-7665
Office: AS 117
Alexis Gorman
Administrative Secretary
(928) 344-7598
Office: AS 116
 

Mathematics Faculty

*Full-time Faculty only. Associate Faculty can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@azwestern.edu (example: john.doe@azwestern.edu)

Sotero Alvarado
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7715
Office: SC 111
Nicole Bethurum
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7544
Office: GY 111
Rita Brown
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7782
Office: EB 116
Crystal Rust
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7793
Office: LR 230
Lauryn Geritz
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 317-6062
Office: SC 108
Robert Anderson
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7753
Office: EB 114
Josue Juarez
Professor of Engineering
(928) 317-6328
Office: EB 117
Renee Macaluso
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7675
Office: SC 112
Greg McGuire
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7732
Office: EB 115
Peggy Locklear
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 317-6251
Office: LR 229
Brett Peterson
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 314-9456
Office: EB 113
Whitney (Ila) Peterson
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 344-7587
Office: EB 118
Elena Zieba
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 317-6283
Office: SC 107
Kweiman Yang
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 314-7792
Office: LR 248
Rebecca Kessler
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 314-9453
Office: San Luis Learning Center
Aaron Koopmann
Professor of Mathematics
(928) 314-9462
Office: San Luis Learning Center