What Is Mathematics?

Mathematics is the science and study of numbers, shapes and spaces and how they apply to the universe in which we live. Mathematics examines operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, abstractions, configurations, structure, measurement and transformations.

Why Study Mathematics?

Mathematicians have the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to society by helping to solve problems that affect our daily lives. Weather forecasters, software programmers and ecologists apply mathematical principles every day in very different ways.

Perimeter College prepares students to transfer to a four-year college and offers math clubs and initiatives such as STEM or MESA to help increase academic performance. Students can take advantage of opportunities for tutoring, scholarships and grants, There also are opportunities to compete in national tests sponsored by the American Mathematical Association.

Students need basic math skills in any job, but a degree in mathematics opens the door to a variety of career opportunities. Many areas require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Among the professions for which a math background is helpful are:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Astronomer
  • Auditor
  • Banker
  • Computer engineer
  • Insurance and risk manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Physicist
  • Research analyst
  • Robotics programmer
  • Software developer
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
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1965 Mathematics Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Mathematics

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Recommendations

Areas A:

  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3 Credit Hours) or MATH 1113 Precalculus (3 Credit Hours) or higher level MATH course.
Area D:
  • Required course: MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours) (or a higher-level mathematics course)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)

  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2 Credit Hours):
    • Students will carry one additional credit hour over to Area F for each four hour mathematics course taken in Area A and/or Area D.
  2. Required Courses (1-2 of the following should be taken in Area A and/or D) (10-14 Credit Hours):
    • MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2215 Multivariate Calculus (4 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2420 Discrete Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2641 Linear Algebra I (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • ACCT 2101 Principles of Accounting I (3 Credit Hours)
    • ACCT 2102 Principles of Accounting II (3 Credit Hours)
    • BIOL 2107 Principles of Biology I (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2107L Principles of Biology I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • BIOL 2108 Principles of Biology II (3 Credit Hours) and BIOL 2108L Principles of Biology II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry II (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CHEM 2400 Organic Chemistry I (3 Credit Hours) and CHEM 2400L Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • CIS 2010 Introduction to Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
    • CSC 1301 Principles of Computer Science I (4 Credit Hours)
    • CSC 1302 Principles of Computer Science II (4 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2652 Differential Equations (4 Credit Hours)
    • PHIL 1010 Critical Thinking (2 Credit Hours)
    • PHYS 2211 Principles of Physics I (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2211L Principles of Physics I Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • PHYS 2212 Principles of Physics II (3 Credit Hours) and PHYS 2212L Principles of Physics II Lab (1 Credit Hour)
    • [RSCH 1203] Research Strategies and Technology (1 Credit Hour)
    • World language at the 1002, 2001, or 2002 level (3 Credit Hours)
  • All separate lecture and lab course combinations (e.g., BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2107L; CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211K) are commonly offered as a combined course at Georgia State University-Atlanta (e.g., BIOL 2107K; CHEM 1211K. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.