Mathematics Liberal Arts Emphasis

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.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in mathematics can lead to careers in:

  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Actuarial science
  • Computer science
  • Biomathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Finance

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

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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.

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)

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.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

General education course.
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

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Mathematics Courses
MAT-210 Calculus I Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details.
(Math ACT 27; COMPASS Trigonometry 51-100)
4 General education course $711.00
MAT-216 Calculus II Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details. 4 General education course $711.00
MAT-219 Calculus III Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details. 4 General education course $711.00

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.
MAT-102 Intermediate Algebra Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details.
(Math ACT 19; COMPASS Algebra 42-65)
4 General education course $711.00
MAT-122 College Algebra Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details.
(Math ACT 24; COMPASS College Algebra 31-50)
5 General education course $888.75
MAT-134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details.
(Math ACT 25; COMPASS Trigonometry 31-50)
3 General education course $533.25

Calculus Preparation – Path 2
MAT-128 Precalculus Prerequisite and/or corequisite required. See course description for more details.
(Math ACT 25; COMPASS Trigonometry 31-50)
4 General education course $711.00

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

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