Mathematics

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The Mathematics program at Bakersfield College is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in mathematics and its applications. This program covers a wide range of mathematical topics such as calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and statistics.

Students will gain problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities that are highly valued in the workforce. Additionally, this program offers a pathway to transfer to a four-year university for students who wish to pursue further education in mathematics or related fields. The Mathematics Associate in Science for Transfer Degree from Bakersfield College prepares students for various careers that require mathematical skills or advanced studies in mathematics.

What is Mathematics?

Mathematics is a field of study that deals with the concepts of numbers, quantities, shapes, and patterns. It is a systematic approach to understanding the world around us and involves the use of logical reasoning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Mathematics is an essential tool for various fields such as science, engineering, finance, and technology. It encompasses various subfields such as algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and probability, and has applications in everyday life, from calculating expenses to designing bridges and buildings. Mathematics is a universal language that allows us to communicate and solve problems in a precise and consistent manner.

Is it Mathematics Right for Me?

A Mathematics associate degree is beneficial for individuals who have an aptitude for logical reasoning and problem-solving and who enjoy working with numbers and abstract concepts. This associate in science for transfer degree program is ideal for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in a math-related field or who want to transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies in mathematics or a related field. A Mathematics associate degree also provides a solid foundation for individuals who plan to pursue further studies in fields such as physics, engineering, computer science, and economics.

There are several key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying Mathematics, including:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Logical reasoning
  • Attention to detail
  • Persistence
  • Creativity

Overall, a strong work ethic, a love for learning, and a passion for problem-solving are essential traits for those who wish to study Mathematics.

Math Degree

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The Associate of Science in Mathematics for Transfer is intended for all students who plan to complete an AS in Mathematics. This degree is especially valuable for those students planning on completing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at a CSU campus.
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Careers in Mathematics

A degree in Mathematics can lead to various careers in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and finance. Some career options for individuals with a Mathematics associate degree include:

  1. Actuary: Actuaries use statistical methods to analyze financial risks and help businesses and organizations make sound financial decisions.
  2. Data analyst: Data analysts use statistical methods to analyze and interpret data, helping organizations make data-driven decisions.
  3. Financial analyst: Financial analysts use mathematical and statistical methods to analyze financial data and provide insights on investment opportunities.
  4. Mathematician: Mathematicians conduct research and develop mathematical principles and theories in various fields, including science, engineering, and technology.
  5. Statistician: Statisticians use statistical methods to collect, analyze, and interpret data, helping businesses and organizations make data-driven decisions.
  6. Software developer: Software developers use mathematical principles to design and develop software applications, systems, and programs.
  7. Research assistant: Research assistants work in various fields, including science and engineering, and use mathematical methods to conduct research and analyze data.

Overall, a Mathematics associate degree can lead to various career opportunities that require analytical skills and mathematical knowledge. It also provides a foundation for further studies in mathematics or related fields. You can research more about what you can do with a math degree at these resources:

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Beyond BC

Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Math

Career & Learning Pathway: Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Pathway

Courses: Mathematics (MATH)


Useful Math Links & Documents

Non-Credit Learning Courses:

For students who need help with reviewing or relearning foundational mathematics skills, the Mathematics Department has started two new non-credit courses. You may take either of these courses while you are taking a credit math course, or you can sign up for only a non-credit class to get some structured math review, especially to improve algebra skills.

MATH B71NC - Math Jam - Review of Critical Intermediate Algebra Skills

MATH B99NC - Math Jam - Math Skill Building

Ask your math instructor, an educational advisor, or a counselor if these courses are right for you.

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