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Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range, Downtown Studio

Transferability: Transferable, Guaranteed Transfer (GT)

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Mathematics at PPSC

While studying math at PPSC you will develop problem solving skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers and technical fields. You will learn to listen, write and speak using mathematic language and concepts. Also, you will apply math to real world problems, come up with solutions and reflect on their results. In addition, you will consider use of technology in modern day mathematics. Finally, you will gain a broad understanding of technology, physics and engineering fields as they relate to math.

Why Choose Mathematics at PPSC?

An understanding of mathematics is necessary for the study of many disciplines and opens doors to many careers. We are dedicated to helping you obtain a solid foundation of academic rigor, excellence and performance. Math provides solid concepts that apply to multiple fields. Completing this degree guarantees transfer in the state of Colorado to any state university and gives you the foundation to further your understanding of math.

Upcoming Mathematics Event: The Spring 2024 Math Colloquium    

Date: Friday, April 12 

Time:  11:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Venue:  in person in room W-101/102, Rampart Range 

Keynote Presenter:  Dr. Greg Oman, UCCS Professor of Mathematics

Keynote Topic: What is Mathematics About?

Keynote Speaker Abstract: Mathematics is often viewed as a fairly dry discipline consisting primarily of rote application of formulas to solve computational problems. But is this all there is to it? One of the main goals of this talk is to challenge this viewpoint. Is all of mathematics known? What role (if any) does creativity play in the discipline? What do mathematicians actually do? We will discuss these questions and more, with a focus on illuminating some of the beauty found in mathematical thought.


Mathematics Degree at PPSC

Our Mathematics Associate of Science (AS) with Designation degree is a great foundation for many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

This degree can be completed in about a two year time frame with a full-time course load. The Associate of Science degree is guaranteed to transfer within the state of Colorado and will fulfill the Associate degree requirement to continue your education to a Bachelor's degree and beyond. We also have many internship possibilities so you can apply what you are learning.

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What kind of Salary Can You Expect?


2022 data from O*Net Online

Operations Research Analysts

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Financial Analysts

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2022 data from O*Net Online

Job Growth


Overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022

Degree Requirements


Exactly 50% of jobs for Mathematicians require a Doctoral degree, while only 8% require a Bachelor's degree.

Source: O*Net Online, 2022

Mathematics Classes You Might Take for an Mathematics, AS with Designation degree

The below classes are classes you might take while pursuing an Mathematics, AS with Designation degree.

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Reviews college algebra and college trigonometry intended for those planning to take calculus. Topics include algebraic manipulations, properties of algebraic and trigonometric functions and their graphs, trig identities and equations, conic sections, polar coordinates, and parametric equations.

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Introduces single variable calculus and analytic geometry. It includes limits, continuity, derivatives, and applications of derivatives as well as indefinite and definite integrals and some applications.

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Concentrates on formal logic, algorithms, induction proofs, equivalence relations and graphs. This course is designed for mathematics and computer science students.

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Looking for more outside of the class room? Check out our yearly Mathematics Colloquium.

Event Details 

Date: Friday, April 21, 2023

Time: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm 

Venue: In person, Rampart Range Campus, Room W-101

Keynote Presenter:Nate Wadman, Computer Networking/Cybersecurity Faculty 

Program Learning Outcomes

Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)

Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)

Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems

Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus

Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data

State a conclusion based on findings

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Sample 1st semester plan for a New Full-Time student

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Sample 1st semester plan for a New Full-Time student

Course Description: Includes a brief review of intermediate algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and their graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, selection of topics from among graphing of the conic sections, introduction to sequences and series, permutations and combinations, the binomial theorem, and theory of equations. A graphing calculator is required.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor. Starting Math and English classes will depend on placement

Course Description: Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor. Starting Math and English classes will depend on placement.

Introduces the interdisciplinary study of ideas that have defined cultures through a survey of the visual, performing, and literary arts, emphasizing connections among diverse cultures, including European and non-European, from the prehistoric to the early medieval era.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor. Starting Arts and Humanities classes will depend on English placement.

Explores the complex relationship between scientific and technological developments and western society and culture. It emphasizes the way social and cultural norms can impact scientific or technological progress, and vice-versa, especially in the period since the Scientific Revolution. This course focuses on developing, practicing, and strengthening skills historians use while constructing knowledge and studying a diverse set of narratives through perspectives such as gender, class, religion, and ethnicity.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor. The required History class will depend on English placement.

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MAT 2410 - Calculus I MA1 5 Credit Hour(s)


Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

MAT 2420 - Calculus II MA1 5 Credit Hour(s)

MAT 2430 - Calculus III MA1 4 Credit Hour(s)


MAT 2431 - Calculus III with Engineering Applications MA1 5 Credit Hour(s)

ENG 1021 - English Composition I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hour(s)


ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hours

ENG 2001 - English Composition III CO3 3 Credit Hour(s)


HIS 2765 - Writing About History CO3 3 Credit Hour(s)




All degrees have a math requirement and most certificates do as well. Some degrees will require multiple math classes. The Associate of Science Math requires students to take math courses up to Calculus, but can vary depending on each student's previous math experience. Working with your Academic Advisor will help you figure out what is best for you and your plan.

Mathematics is sequential, what you learned in the last class you will need for the next class. In order to be successful in math you must first have a solid foundation in basic math and algebra. PPSC offers many resources, such as the Learning Commons to help you be successful in Math. 

Students choosing careers with a strong mathematical component will require four year degrees and in some cases beyond.

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Contact Sharon McPherson, one of our Mathematics Department chairs at Sharon.McPherson@pikespeak.edu if you have more questions. 


Some of our 1000-level courses (the courses with "1" as their first number) are paired with lab or support courses that start with a "0". These "0" courses are to help supplement previous math skills you may not have had which you need to understand the material in the "1" portion of the course. These pairings include:

MAT 0240 (paired with MAT 1240)

MAT 0120 (paired with MAT 1120)

MAT 0260 (paired with MAT 1260)

MAT 0140 (paired with MAT 1140)

Your placement scores determine whether or not you will need a "0" course paired with your "1" course. If self-registering, and you have placed into the area needing a "0" and "1" class, remember to look for "0" and "1" course which share the same section number. However, if you are a new student, please work with your Academic Advisor to create your personalized semester schedule.

Pikes Peak State College requires that you take a college placement test to determine your readiness for college-level courses. The following tools are used to determine where you start in your math sequence:

  • Transcripts
  • ACT score
  • SAT score
  • ACCUPLACER score
  • CCPT score
  • High School GPA
  • EdReady

To learn more about which Mathematics courses you may need, please visit view our Mathematics Course Flow Chart and our Placement Options page.

The PPSC Mathematics Department is committed to helping our students move to the next step in their educational and career journey. That is why we have partnered to offer scholarships and internships to help our students be successful.

Craig & Jean Olsen Mathematics Scholarship for Women

$500 for tuition awarded for spring semester

Particularly for women majoring in mathematics education


Must be a declared math major
Completed MAT 201 with a C or better
Recommendation from non-family member
Please contact Sharon.McPherson@pikespeak.edu for more information.