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Mathematics - AS

Does a difficult math problem excite you? Do you view complex equations as fun challenges? From the stock market to space travel to computer programming, math is a driving force in our economy and in our world. A Mathematics program will give you the knowledge and skills to advance your talent with numbers and pursue professional opportunities in many fields, including business, science, engineering and technology.

An associate program in Mathematics can be a building block toward a sought-after career as an economist, accountant, physicist, or software engineer. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

Students should work closely with their advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of a Mathematics program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of crossing the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts & Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences. 

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of mathematical concepts will grow and deepen. Coursework may include Calculus-Based Physics, Calculus with Engineering Applications, and Computer Science. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Mathematics - AS (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (39 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics 5 MAT 201/2410 Calculus I
Arts & Humanities  9 Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities course (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences

5 PHY 211/2111 Physics: Calculus-based I w/lab
5 PHY 212/2112 Physics: Calculus-based II w/lab
*Additional Required Courses & Electives (16-17 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3   COM 115/1150 Public Speaking  OR COM 125/1250 Interpersonal Communications
MAT 202/2420 Calculus II
4-5 MAT 203/2430 Calculus III OR MAT 204/2431 Calculus III with Engineering Applications
CSC 160/1060** Computer Science I 
Electives - 4-5 credit hours

*Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit toward graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.
**CSU-Ft. Collins requires a different computer science course than the community college course. Students should seek advising at CSU-Ft. Collins for information on the appropriate computer science course to take. 

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Mathematics AS degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.A. Mathematics]

Colorado Mesa University
[B.S. Mathematics; Mathematics, Secondary Education, or Statistics

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.S. Mathematics]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.A. Mathematics; B.S. Mathematics]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. Mathematics; Mathematics option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. Mathematics]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. Mathematics]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. Mathematics; B.S. Mathematics]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.S. Mathematics]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.S. Mathematics; Applied Mathematical Sciences or Liberal Arts emphases]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. Mathematics]