In many disciplines, mathematics is used to help make sense of phenomenaobserved in the world. Math also can help us develop critical thinking and reasoning skills that can be used to solve problems in a variety of applications. Pierce College offers two sequences of math courses, pre-college and college-level, to meet the needs of the individual student and his or her goals.
Initial placement in a sequence of courses depends on COMPASS placement test scores. The choices and the number of courses a student takes depend on their chosen field of study and other factors. See a faculty advisor for help.
The Mathematics department offers a sequence of introductory courses that build the basic quantitative and symbolic reasoning skills needed in almost all fields of study and professional/technical training.
These pre-college mathematics classes accommodate students entering the college with a variety of math backgrounds. These courses are offered in the Math lab, online, and in traditional classrooms.
The Pierce College Math Labs try to meet different learning styles by providing pre-college level mathematics courses to students in a web-based format. Students take most of the responsibility for their own learning. Attendance is mandatory. There is a minimum pace requirement for the class but students may work ahead. Students who work ahead can be registered for the next class for NO additional costs (during the same quarter at the discretion of the instructor provided that the student has shown sufficient mastery by the 7th week). Class time is spent working exercises online, reading the book online, watching videos online and taking tests online. All tests and the final exam must be taken in the lab. An instructor or tutor will always be available to assist students.
The Fort Steilacoom Math Lab uses the web-based program ALEKS. The Puyallup Math Lab uses the web-based program MyMathLab.
Courses offered through the Math Lab:
When the lab is not being used for a class it is available for drop-in Math Lab student use. There will be a tutor available to assist students.
Pierce College also provides a sequence of college-level math courses for students transferring to four-year colleges or pursuing technical vocational programs. These courses satisfy the math requirements for majors in mathematics, as well as business, accounting, economics, statistics, actuarial science, math education, engineering, and the sciences. These college-level courses include the math needed for the Associate in Science degree from Pierce College.
College-level mathematics courses include the studyof contemporary math, elementary math education, finite math, statistics, pre-calculus, differential and integral calculus, and more advanced courses in multivariate calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations.
Each course includes examples of applications taken from many fields of study. Most of these courses require the use of graphing calculators, which may be rented for a nominal fee through the libraries.
The courses listed below satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Skill (QS) requirement. The prerequisite for all these QS courses can be satisfied by MATH 098 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or placement above MATH 098 on the COMPASS placement test. MATH 095 with a grade of 2.0 or higher will serve as a prerequisite to MATH 107& and MATH& 146. Students unsure of their intended major are urged to take MATH 098 to allow for more options.
The following courses should be taken,in addition to courses required for the AA degree:
Courses in statistics and computer science are highly recommended for math majors. Math majors should also take one of the sequences of science courses such as physics or chemistry. See your advisor for specific recommendations.
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