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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Mathematics

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Mathematics provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution and earn a bachelor`s degree in mathematics, actuarial science, statistics, computational mathematical science, or related fields. With a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a number of careers including actuary, statistical assistant, and business intelligence analyst. With a graduate degree, students may pursue employment as a mathematician or statistician, which may include teaching at institutions of higher education, or as an analyst in a number of fields including finance, data science, cryptography, and scientific computing.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Mathematics (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate knowledge of proportional relationships, spatial reasoning, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. (MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (CRE))
  • Demonstrate the interconnectedness of mathematical ideas and how they build on one another. (MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (CRE))
  • Use patterns and relationships to make generalizations and predictions. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Present information accurately in various ways (graphically, numerically, symbolically, and verbally). (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Apply appropriate mathematical strategies and reasoning to solve problems. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (CRE), [FYC], [L], [SG], [SQ])
  • Justify mathematical processes and results. (MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (CRE), [FYC], [L])
  • Use technology to assist in learning and investigating mathematical ideas. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, [SG], [SQ])
  • Determine and apply appropriate technologies to solve problems efficiently. (CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, [FYC])
  • Critically evaluate information for relevance, usefulness, and applicability. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Communicate mathematics both orally and in writing using appropriate terminology and notation. (CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, CSC110AB, CSC120, CSC200, CSC200AA, CSC200AB, CSC205, CSC205++, CSC/EEE220, CSC240, CSC240AA, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [L], [SB])
  • Collaborate effectively and appropriately in a diverse, multicultural setting to solve problems. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, LANG, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
  • Critique the reasoning of others. (AST111, AST112, AST113, AST114, BIO181++, BIO182++, BIO201++, BIO202, CHM150, CHM150AA, CHM151, CHM151AA, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152AA, CHM152LL, GLG101, GLG101IN, GLG102, GLG102IN, GLG103, GLG104, MAT206, MAT220, MAT221, MAT227, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, MAT276, MAT277, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [L], [SB], [SG], [SQ])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:11-14
CSC100Introduction to Computer Science (C++) (3) OR
CSC100AAIntroduction to Computer Science (C++) (3) OR
CSC110Introduction to Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC110AAIntroduction to Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC110ABIntroduction to Computer Science (Java) (4)3-4
For all ASU Tempe and West BS degrees, choose CSC110 OR CSC110AA OR CSC110AB.
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-29
Complete requirements in the transfer option that best aligns with your academic and professional goals. If your intended transfer institution is not listed, then select a combination of courses from the transfer options listed in order to meet the minimum credits required in the Restricted Electives section. Consult with an academic, faculty, or program advisor to prevent exceeding your university transfer program`s maximum transferable credits (typically 64). Courses in the Restricted Electives area may be used to fulfill AGEC requirements simultaneously.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205++Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3-4)3-4
MAT227Discrete Mathematical Structures3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Mathematics (Statistics)
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205++Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3-4)3-4
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Transfer Plan 3: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Computational Mathematical Sciences
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205++Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3-4)3-4
CSC240Introduction to Different Programming Languages (3) OR
CSC240AAIntroduction to Different Programming Languages (4)3-4
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
Lecture/Lab Science Credits:8-10
Complete a two-semester sequence lecture/lab combination from the options below. The same prefix must be selected for both Natural Science requirements.
Option 1: Astronomy
AST111Introduction to Solar System Astronomy3
AST113Introduction to Solar System Astronomy Laboratory1
AST112Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology3
AST114Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, & Cosmology Laboratory1
Option 2: Biology
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
Option 3: Chemistry
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
Option 4: Geology
GLG101Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture (3) AND
GLG103Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab (1) OR
GLG101INIntroduction to Geology I - Physical (4)4
GLG102Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lecture (3) AND
GLG104Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab (1) OR
GLG102INIntroduction to Geology II - Historical (4)4
Option 5: Physics
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Transfer Plan 4: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 5: Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts), Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics
MAT227Discrete Mathematical Structures3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
Natural Sciences Credits:8-10
Complete eight to ten (8-10) credits of General Biology (Majors), General Chemistry, or University Physics from the options below. The same prefix must be selected for both Natural Science requirements.
Option 1: General Biology
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
Option 2: General Chemistry
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
Option 3: University Physics
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Transfer Plan 6: Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics
CSC200Principles of Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC200AAPrinciples of Computer Science (Java) (3) OR
CSC200ABPrinciples of Computer Science (Java) (4) OR
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205++Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3-4)3-4
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
Transfer Plan 7: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
CSC/EEE120Digital Design Fundamentals4
CSC205Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3) OR
CSC205++Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures (3-4)3-4
CSC/EEE220Programming for Computer Engineering3
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
MAT227Discrete Mathematical Structures3
MAT276Modern Differential Equations (4) OR
MAT277Modern Differential Equations (3)3-4
Transfer Plan 8: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (Any Emphasis)
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 9: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Mathematics (Any Emphasis)
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Mathematics Supporting Laboratory Science Credits:4-10
Complete one of the options below
Option 1: Chemistry
CHM150General Chemistry I (4) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1) OR
CHM150AAGeneral Chemistry I (5) OR
CHM151AAGeneral Chemistry I (4) OR
CHM151General Chemistry I (3) AND
CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory (1)4-5
CHM152General Chemistry II (3) AND
CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory (1) OR
CHM152AAGeneral Chemistry II (4)4
Option 2: Geosciences
GLG101Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lecture (3) AND
GLG103Introduction to Geology I - Physical Lab (1) OR
GLG101INIntroduction to Geology I - Physical (4)4
Option 3: Biology
BIO181++General Biology (Majors) I4
BIO182++General Biology (Majors) II4
Option 4: Physiology
BIO201++Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO202Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Option 5: Physics
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 25-40
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)4-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by CSC100, CSC100AA, CSC110, CSC110AA, or CSC110AB in the Required Courses area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.6
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0-8
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area (4) AND
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area (4).8
May be met by courses in the Restricted Electives area.
Recommend PHY115 and PHY116 for students intending to transfer to U of A to earn a BA or BS in Mathematics.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-6
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0-3
Any approved general education course with the Historical [H] or Global [G] awareness area designation.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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