Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – Mathematics

Mathematics is a field of study which is known for its role in developing critical thinking. Students with strong mathematical backgrounds and understanding enjoy a wide range of career choices as well as exceptional employability.

If you are interested in completing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, consider taking your calculus course(s) at Hawkeye as part of your AA degree in Liberal Arts.

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services or a faculty advisor to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for or transfer to your future major.

The lowest-level math course which is counted towards a mathematics major or minor at a transfer institution is Calculus I. Hawkeye offers Calculus I, II, and III as well as a thorough list of prerequisite courses.

Mathematics Courses
MAT210 Calculus I
(Math ACT 27; COMPASS Trigonometry 51-100)
MAT216 Calculus II 4
MAT219 Calculus III 4

Calculus Preparation

If you do not meet the minimum ACT or COMPASS scores for Calculus I, you can take the following prerequisite courses to meet the minimum requirements. We strongly recommend you work with an advisor or program faculty to determine your appropriate placement.

Placement is based upon your ACT or COMPASS test scores; or the completion of prerequisite courses at other institutions.

Calculus preparation courses will not count as part of your mathematics major or minor at a transfer institution.

Calculus Preparation – Path 1
Recommended for students who have never taken trigonometry.
MAT102 Intermediate Algebra
(Math ACT 19; COMPASS Algebra 42-65)
MAT122 College Algebra
(Math ACT 24; COMPASS College Algebra 31-50)
MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry
(Math ACT 25; COMPASS Trigonometry 31-50)
Calculus Preparation – Path 2
MAT128 Precalculus
(Math ACT 25; COMPASS Trigonometry 31-50)

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in mathematics can lead to careers in:

  • government
  • business
  • secondary teaching
  • life science
  • physical science
  • actuarial science
  • public relations
  • banking
  • police science

Graduate study is advisable for some business and governmental positions and for college teaching or research.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Emily Oldfather
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Program Faculty

Karen Ernst
Grundy Hall 212
319-296-2329 ext.1552
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Jeremy Fry
Grundy Hall 213
319-296-2329 ext.1244
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Rod Holke-Farnam
Grundy Hall 205
319-296-2329 ext.1266
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John Neely
Grundy Hall 224
319-296-2329 ext.1571
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Gretchen Syhre
Grundy Hall 213
319-296-2329 ext.1384
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Student Services Advisors

Lisa Ciesielski
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1727
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Lacy Knipper
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1086
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Dean of Communications, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 224
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Dean of Math, Natural and Social Sciences

Cynthia Bottrell
Grundy Hall 207
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