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    Irvine Valley College
    Feb 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition 
2022-2023 Catalog: September 2022 Edition


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Dean: Lianna Zhao, MD
Academic Co-Chairs: Brent Monte, PhD; Lan Pham, PhD
Faculty: Nichole Carver; Carlo Chan, PhD; Terry Cheng; Joshua Danufsky; RJ Dolbin, PhD; Ilknur Erbas White; Sanjai Gupta, PhD; Kenn Huber, PhD; Leonard Lamp; Brent Monte, PhD; Lan Pham, PhD; Joel Sheldon; Deanna Valdez; Benjamin Vargas, PhD; Mohamad Youssef 


The Mathematics Department at Irvine Valley College offers a wide range of courses to meet the varied needs of students pursuing their academic and vocational goals. The department offers a comprehensive curriculum for students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In addition, the department offers developmental courses taught in a variety of formats. Students can enroll in these courses for personal enrichment and/or to get ready to take courses at the college level. The department offers support for all mathematics students in the Mathematics Center, a facility staffed by faculty and tutors. 


The completion of an Associate in Arts degree in mathematics or an Associate in Science degree in mathematics for transfer demonstrates commitment to the field and provides comprehensive preparation for upper-division courses in most professional careers related to mathematics.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the mathematics program, students will be able to

  • Perform arithmetic operations proficiently.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in algebra.
  • Solve application problems at the level of the course in which they are enrolled.
  • Interpret the solution of an application problem and provide an answer appropriate to the context of the problem.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the material of the course in which they are enrolled.
  • Use technology in the problem-solving process, when appropriate.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

A two-year degree in mathematics equips students with problem-solving skills that employers in many fields find attractive. Some of the jobs that a person with an AS in mathematics could obtain are:

  • Accounts payable or receivables clerk
  • Assistant to a certified public accountant
  • Auditing clerk
  • Bank teller
  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk in a brokerage firm
  • Computer technician
  • Insurance sales agent
  • Loan processor
  • New accounts clerk
  • Payroll clerks
  • Tutor

Additionally, an AS in mathematics will give students a strong background to continue their education in four-year colleges in any STEM field. Below is a list of some career paths that a student with an AS degree in mathematics could follow.

  • Astronomy
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economy
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Teaching


Graphical chart showing the mathematics course schematic. The chart shows the following: There are four developmental math courses. MSS 325, Basic Arithmetic Skills, and MATH 350, Math Modules, are standalone courses. MATH 351, Arithmetic Review and Pre-Algebra, leads to MATH 310, Pre-Statistics, which leads to MATH 10, Introduction to Statistics. MATH 351 also leads to MATH 353, Elementary Algebra, which leads to MATH 253, Intermediate Algebra. From MATH 253, students may take MATH 10; MATH 5, Mathematics for Liberal Arts Students; MATH 20, Math for Elementary Teachers. MATH 310, MATH 10, MATH 5 and MATH 20 are all liberal arts math courses. MATH 253 also leads to MATH 8, College Algebra, which leads to MATH 11, A Brief Course in Calculus. MATH 8 and MATH 11 are business math courses. MATH 253 also leads to MATH 124, Trigonometry. MATH 124 leads to MATH 2, Pre-Calculus, which leads to both MATH 30, Computer Discrete Mathematics 1, and MATH 31, Computer Discrete Mathematics 2. MATH 2 also leads to MATH 3A, Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1, which leads to MATH 3B, Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2. MATH 3B leads to MATH 4A, Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3, or to MATH 24, Elementary Differential Equations, or MATH 26, Introduction to Linear Algebra. MATH 124, MATH 2, MATH 30, MATH 31, MATH 3A, MATH 3B, MATH 4A, MATH 24 and MATH 26 are all STEM courses. MATH 253 may be used for AA degree credit. MATH 124 may be used for CSU transfer articulation. The following courses may be used for CSU and UC transfer articulation: MATH 4A, MATH 24, MATH 26, MATH 3B, MATH 3A, MATH 2, MATH 31, MATH 30, MATH 11, MATH 8, MATH 20, MATH 5, and MATH 10. Math courses needed for transfer vary by institution. See a counselor for more precise information.


    Associate in ScienceAssociate in Science for Transfer

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