The mathematics transfer program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution where they can generally choose among several options. The pure mathematics option emphasizes mathematical analysis and is designed to prepare students for graduate study. A student who completes graduate study finds employment in research areas in government, education, and industry. The applied math option emphasizes applied mathematics and numerical techniques, statistics, and computer programming. Graduates find employment in business, industry, and government. The statistics option trains students to design and analyze studies, surveys, and experiments. They often find employment as statisticians with insurance companies, research and development departments, and government. The math education option prepares teachers at the secondary level.
In addition to courses required in their major areas of study, colleges and universities require students working toward baccalaureate degrees to complete certain general education requirements. Students should be able to complete the general education requirements of the Montana University System and earn an Associate of Science (AS) degree by following FVCC’s mathematics transfer track. Students intending to begin their work at FVCC toward a degree or a major in mathematics should carefully consult the current catalog of the college or university to which they anticipate transferring. Every program has specific degree requirements. Montana State University – Bozeman offers bachelor degrees in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics teaching option, and statistics. Montana Tech of The University of Montana offers bachelor programs in mathematics sciences with applied or statistics options available. The University of Montana – Missoula offers bachelor degrees in mathematical sciences, applied mathematics, combinatorics and optimization, mathematics education, pure mathematics, and statistics. MSU and UM also offer graduate study programs leading to the MS and PhD degrees.