Mathematics is among the most fascinating of all intellectual disciplines, the purest of all art forms, and the most challenging of games. The study of mathematics is not only exciting, but important: mathematicians have an opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems in such diverse fields as medicine, management, economics, government, computer science, physics, psychology, engineering, and social science.

A bachelor's degree in mathematics will prepare you for fascinating jobs in statistics, actuarial sciences, mathematical modeling, and cryptography; for teaching; as well as for graduate school leading to a research career in mathematics or statistics. A strong background in mathematics is also necessary for research in many areas of computer science, social science, and engineering.

  • Mathematics is often done in conjunction with another field: biology, physics, economics, or a host of others.
  • Mathematical modeling is used to solve real problems in a variety of fields.
  • Statistics is a growing field, particularly in those fields dealing with human behavior.
  • Many topics in "pure math" have important applications in computer science.
  • There is a national shortage of teachers in all the mathematical sciences (pure math, applied math, statistics, and computer science) at all levels, so any of these fields goes well with teaching and/or research.

Mathematics is a field with a surprising variety of specialties which have different "feels" to them. You probably won't like all of them equally, any more than most musicians feel the same about rock and classical music, or most English majors like all authors and periods equally. So if you come across a math course that isn't your favorite, but there are others that you really like, it just means that you are getting to know math better and your taste is becoming more refined.

Pearl River Community College offers at least six different courses with which a student may begin the study of mathematics, depending on his or her achievement level. Eighteen semester hours of credit in mathematics can be earned above the level of College Algebra and Trigonometry that can be applied toward a bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or another science at a university.

General guidelines for students can be found on the following pages.

  • Placement in mathematics for new students is determined by high school achievement and mathematics subtest score on the ACT.
  • Students in developmental courses should be aware of school policies for those courses.
  • Mathematics is a core requirement for graduation from Pearl River and any four-year school.
  • Education majors are required to complete courses dealing with the teaching of mathematics.
  • Mathematics and science majors need to be aware of the prerequisite requirements for the numerous mathematics courses in their curriculum.

Students are also encouraged to speak to their academic advisor for further information.