Associate in Science in Mathematics
Division of Mathematics & Physics — Curriculum Code: 0604
A Dual Admissions Program with Rutgers-Newark, Kean University, and New Jersey City University
Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Mathematics?
Mathematics encompasses logic and methodology of reasoning and provides the tools for critical thinking and decision making. The program is designed for students who intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, or a related field and emphasizes methodical problem-solving techniques. The program develops fundamental knowledge in proof and theory, applications, and algorithms. Developing an appreciation for and proficiency in using graphic utilities and other technological devices prepares you for success in mathematically rich courses.
If I major in Mathematics, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?
You may choose to participate in the Dual Admissions program with Rutgers University-Newark, Kean University, or New Jersey City University. Essex County College’s transfer/articulation agreements with other area four-year colleges provide a smooth transfer for A.S. graduates.
Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?
Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. Students are strongly recommended to take pre-calculus in their senior year of high school or during the summer before beginning the Mathematics Program at ECC; a solid foundation in all aspects of precalculus mathematics is essential for success in advanced mathematics courses. In addition, knowledge of college algebra, trigonometry, and geometry fundamentals is necessary.
How long will it take for me to complete this degree?
If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the time by taking courses in the summer sessions.
Where should I direct specific questions about this program?
Call the Division at (973) 877-3302/3303.
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental concepts of theories from calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics;
Utilize various problem-solving and critical thinking techniques to set up and solve applied problems in engineering, sciences, business, and technology fields;
Communicate accurate mathematical terminology and notation in written and/or oral form in order to explain strategies to solve problems as well as to interpret found solutions; and
Use appropriate technology, such as graphing calculators and computer software effectively, as a tool to solve such problems as those described above.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 and ENG 102 (two 3-credit courses)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)
MTH 121 (one 4-credit course)
Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)
PHY 103 and PHY 104 (two 4-credit courses)
Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
ECO 101 (one 3-credit course)
Choose one of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
And choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)
MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
(19 – 22 credits)
MTH 136* Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
*Note: Honors students or students who wish to purse mathematics education may subsitute a research-based course, such as Rutgers’ STS:307 Education Research and Evaluation (3 credits) or a similar Capstone research course, if approved by a Mathematics Department academic advisor (faculty member).
**Note: Required Major elective courses, based on which branch of mathematics a student wishes to pursue, are as follows:
ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
CSC 121 Computer Science I (4 credits)
Total Credits Required for Degree: 64 – 67
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.