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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.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

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 of Two-Year Colleges.

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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9065 Mathematics Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Mathematics

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

Area A:

  • Required course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry (3) or MATH 1113 Precalculus (3) or higher level MATH course.

Area D:

  • Required course: MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4) (or a higher-level mathematics course)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Carry over from Areas A and/or D (1-2):
    • 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):
  3. Select additional elective courses to complete 18 hours in Area F:
  • 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.


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