Mathematics

Mathematics

Count on Us for a Great Start in Math

When it comes to numbers, Kirkwood's Mathematics interest area adds up to unlimited opportunities in preparing students for an exciting and lucrative career. If problem solving is in your DNA and you love challenging yourself, it's easy to calculate the reasons why Kirkwood is right for you.

As a Liberal Arts student, you will take core humanities requirements while choosing exciting electives in specialized areas of math. Kirkwood has special transfer agreements with all three state universities and many other four-year institutions.

At Kirkwood, transferring and earning a degree in mathematics is attainable and affordable.

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Each year, many students successfully transfer their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees from Kirkwood to four-year institutions in Iowa and across the country. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year program, you will work very closely with advisors in our Advising and Transfer Center. They will make sure you have everything completed for a seamless transfer.

Our advisors help take away any guesswork and confusion, ensuring you meet Kirkwood’s graduation requirements, as well as the admission requirements and transferability of courses to your transfer school. By meeting with our advisors early and often, you’ll be better prepared for the next steps in continuing your education after Kirkwood.

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Use our STEM Advisor tool to create and view transfer plans with universities and colleges in Iowa.

All students must submit current ACT/SAT scores or take the ALEKS math placement test to determine the appropriate starting math class. The ALEKS math placement test is free of charge for Kirkwood students and is available at all of our testing centers.


To Take The ALEKS

  • Log in to MyHub
    • Select the Math Assessment ALEKS button, located under the Student Links Section.
    • Under the Assessments section, select Standard Math Placement [unproctored], FY 2020 / Higher Education Math Placement.
    • Complete the entire ALEKS tutorial before getting started.

 

  • After your initial assessment, check the Placement Testing Course Recommendations Table to see which courses you are eligible to enroll. Please talk with an Academic Advisor to discuss which math course is required for your program of study.

 

  • If you did not earn the proficiency score you think you should, you can utilize the prep and learning modules to review and retake the assessment up to four additional times.

 

  • If you earned the placement result needed to enroll in a particular course, you are still eligible and encouraged to utilize the ALEKS learning modules for twelve-months to review and prepare for your math course.


    For more instructions and tips on how to take the ALEKS assessment, refer to the ALEKS Testing Instructionsor view the ALEKS instructional video

    If you have additional questions about how to take the ALEKS assessment, please visit ALEKS Support.

Most professions and majors require a math background, but the analytical thinking and problem solving skills students learn with an emphasis in math can apply to all disciplines.

  • Teaching
  • Finance
  • Actuarial science
  • Research
  • Business
  • Statistics
  • Economics

Kirkwood can help you explore your career options by providing exciting experiences in and out of the classroom.

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Scholarships

Explore your share of more than $3 million in scholarship opportunities. At Kirkwood, we make it incredibly easy — you only need to apply once, even if you are eligible for more than one scholarship.

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Scholarships for Math Students

  • Preference given to students with strong and demonstrated record of academic achievement.
  • Must be pursuing an A.A. or A.S. degree with career interest in Science (Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics); Technology (Computer Science, Computer Software Development); Engineering, or Mathematics.
  • Preference given to students representing broadly diverse backgrounds, such as: economic, diversity, including single parents; diversity of experience, including international, multicultural, LGBT, and other diverse backgrounds; disability, ethnic diversity; and diversity of culture and thought.
  • Recipients must participate in at least one volunteer activity during the year on behalf of ACT.
  • Recipients must reapply for second year of funding.
  • Must be attending classes at the Linn County Regional Center.
  • Must have completed the College Prep courses and enrolled in developmental course work including basic writing, essential reading, basic math, and academic prep.
  • Available to students with an income level that is at least 80% below the median household income.
  • Must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average.
  • Must be pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in mathematics, biology, chemistry, or physics.
  • Must indicate how your interest in math or science developed, reasons for majoring in math or science, and your career goals.
  • Must be pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in math or science.
  • Must indicate your career interest in math or science related fields.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and an ACT score of at least 22.
  • Must be pursuing an A.S. degree with career interest in engineering with the intention of completing a four-year degree.
  • Must demonstrate a passion for engineering and show participation in activities such as advanced mathematics, FIRST Robotics, Engineering Career Academy, or Project Lead the Way classes.
  • Preference given to a resident of Iowa.
  • Must perform two hours of volunteer work per week during each semester at the Four Oaks Bridge Achievement Academy (tutoring/mentoring).
  • Preference given to a graduate of Cedar Rapids Metro High School.
  • Must be a full-time student who has completed one year in one of the following areas and be pursuing an A.A. or A.S. degree with career interest in Science (Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics); Technology (Computer Science, Computer Information Systems; Engineering, or Mathematics.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Preference given to Iowa students who are pursuing a teaching career in math.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers.
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.
  • Must have the intention of completing a four-year degree in education with the goal of teaching in either special education or math.

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The Mathematics interest area at Kirkwood is part of the Liberal Arts Program. You will work closely with the Advising and Transfer Center and math faculty when deciding on which classes to take.

Our math faculty is composed of incredibly experienced professionals who can also be a great resource when making transfer decisions and planning for your career in mathematics. They have years of dedicated experience studying and researching within the math field and working with students just like you.

Course requirements include specialized math classes, as well as foreign language, humanities, social sciences, and science. With many options to choose from, the advising process will also help you figure out a plan that fits you.

Sample classes in the Mathematics program include:

MAT-136 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (5)
Examines trigonometric functions, graphs, identities and applications. Includes conic sections, polar coordinates, parametric equations, vectors, planes, and surfaces. Credits: 5, Hours: (5/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-138; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-138 College Algebra with Limits (4)
Examines polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions and equation solutions. Includes matrices, sequences, series, and introduces limits. This course is intended for all students who will eventually take any calculus course. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-708; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-140 Finite Math (3)
Includes methods of solving linear equations and inequalities. Introduces linear programming, matrices, functions, graphs, counting techniques, probability, mathematics of finance, and applications. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-708 or MAT-707 through Module 10; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-149 Linear Algebra (3)
Includes matrix and vector arithmetic, using matrices to solve systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of matrices, and an introduction to subspaces of Euclidean space. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-210; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-150 Discrete Math (3)
Introduces concepts in discrete mathematics as applied to computer science. Includes logic, methods of proof, sets, functions, relations, counting techniques, discrete probability, permutations and combinations, graphs, and trees. Emphasizes connections between discrete math and programming concepts. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-708 or MAT-707 through Module 10; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-157 Statistics (4)
Focuses on descriptive statistics (mean, median, mode, standard deviation and variance) and introduces correlation and linear regression. Emphasizes inferential statistics and probability distributions as applied to confidence intervals, hypothesis testing of mean and standard deviation, and applications to business and other fields. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-102 or MAT-707 or MAT-115 or MAT-155; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-162 Business Statistics (4)
Introduces statistics, primarily for business majors. Investigates methods of collection, organization, presentation, analysis and interpretation of quantitative data as tools in effective business decision-making. Computer applications are used to assist in visualizing and analyzing data. Covers descriptive statistics, probability, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for one and two samples, regression, correlation, and chi-square. Additional topics may be covered, including ANOVA. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-138 or MAT-140 or MAT-155 or MAT-157; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-165 Business Calculus (3)
Studies the techniques of differential and integral calculus likely to be encountered in an undergraduate course in business economics. Applications are emphasized in these areas. Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-138; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-210 Calculus I (4)
Includes limits, derivative, differentiation, the differential elementary applications of calculus and introduction to integration. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-136; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-216 Calculus II (4)
Continues Calculus I and includes study of the integral, integration, application of integration, techniques of integration, and infinite series. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-210; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-219 Calculus III (4)
Continues Calculus II and includes study of vector functions, function of several variables, multiple integrals, and vector fields. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-216; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-227 Differential Equations With Laplace (4)
Studies exact equations, separable equations, linear equations, physical applications, series solutions, systems of linear differential equations, and methods of approximating the solutions to first-order equations. Laplace transforms are introduced and used to solve differential equations. Credits: 4, Hours: (4/0/0/0), Prereq: MAT-216; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

MAT-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

MAT-928 Independent Study (1)
Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of a staff member. Credits: 1, Hours: (0/4/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Requires permission of instructor and dean.

STEM Club
Joe Christopher and Andy Mills, advisors
The purpose of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) club is to stimulate and encourage a strong interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Members benefit from leadership, networking and community opportunities that apply their knowledge through STEM-related activities.

LSAMP IINSPIRE PROGRAM
Susan Harthun and Ted Weiland, advisors

The Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) project is part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. LSAMP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) alliance among sixteen two-year and four-year colleges and universities working together to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the Midwest.

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