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Mathematics (AS)

Why Choose Mathematics?

Mathematics is an essential tool for understanding other disciplines and the world around us. This program will help students develop logical reasoning and problem solving skills forming a basis for success in their careers and future studies.

Skills Acquired


Here is a list of skills you will gain when you study mathematics:

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functional analysis
  • Number theory

Careers in Mathematics

Projected Job Growth

Here is the projected job growth in the state of Minnesota for a variety of professions that use skills from mathematics (according to

Employment of actuaries is projected to grow 30.8% through 2020, much faster than the average occupation
Employment of mathematicians is projected to grow 16.1% through 2020
Employment of operations research analysts is projected to grow 10.8% through 2020
Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 20% through 2020.


Types of Jobs


Individuals who study Mathematics typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Actuaries
  • College Mathematical Science Teachers
  • High School Teachers
  • Mathematicians
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Statisticians


Average State Pay

According to, the median annual pay in the state of Minnesota for the following positions in mathematics is:

Actuaries - $93,808 ($45.10 per hour)
Mathematicians - $103,355 ($49.69 per hour)
Operations Research Analyst - $82,555 ($39.69 per hour)
Statisticians - $83,012 ($39.91 per hour).




Mathematics programs teach people how to use math to solve problems.

Degrees in Mathematics

The Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Math is designed to certify that students have completed the requirements through the sophomore level for a baccalaureate degree in mathematics at most 4-year institutions. These courses also provide a solid foundation for most science and technical programs.

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This course of study will provide the student with a sound foundation in courses which are commonly the core of baccalaureate programs in applied mathematics, and will enable the student to transfer to the Bachelor in Applied Mathematics degree program at Metropolitan State University. Completion of this degree is dependent upon a grade of C or higher for each of the following courses.

Core Curriculum - 37 credits

Code Title Credits
MATH 1080 Introduction to Statistics 4
MATH 1500 Pre-Calculus 5
MATH 1510 Calculus 1 5
MATH 1520 Calculus 2 5
MATH 2510 Calculus 3: Multivariable Calculus 5
MATH 2520 Calculus 4: Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5
MATH 2400 Probability and Statistics with Calculus 4
CSCI 1101 Introduction to Computing and Problem Solving 4

General Education Requirements - 23 credits

Code Title Credits
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
COMM 1100 Introduction to Human Communication 3
or COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
or COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication - Honors 3
PHYS 1121 Physics 1 for Scientists and Engineers 5

MNTC Electives: 11 credits

The remaining 11 credits must be taken from within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Students must select a non-physics science course to satisfy Goal 3 and additional courses to satisfy 3 of the following goal: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Students should check their transfer institution for specific requirements.