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Mathematics Major Education Option, A.S.

Program Description

The nation’s growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically skilled workers, has led to a shortfall in our national scientific and technical capabilities because U.S. colleges are not graduating enough scientific talent. Weaknesses in the K-12 education system contribute to challenges students face. In NJ, the shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers is severe.

This option will provide a solid subject matter foundation and appreciation for mathematics for students planning to teach in order to assure quality in mathematics education. Union College graduates will have the opportunity to matriculate at four-year colleges, pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education.

This program assumes the completion of all prerequisites for the mathematics courses or satisfactory performance on the College Level Mathematics exam. Contact the STEM Division for further information.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills;
  • Communicate mathematics effectively, applying its unique language and symbolic system;
  • Apply mathematical theorems to solve classical problems and real-world applications;
  • Formulate and evaluate possible solutions to problems, and select and defend the chosen solutions with mathematical proofs or by the scientific method as appropriate;
  • Translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations;
  • Construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions;
  • Use technology in analyzing and solving mathematical problems;
  • Address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information;
  • Examine the various issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the teaching of mathematics.

After Union College

Graduates can transfer to a four-year college or university as a junior with a solid subject matter foundation to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education and Mathematics Teaching Certification. Consult with the STEM Division for details.

Recommended Sequence

First Year

Fall Semester

Semester Total: 15

Spring Semester

Semester Total: 15

Second Year

Total Program Credits: 60

* The stated sequence of courses for the Mathematics Major - Education Option program assumes that the student is math-ready for calculus.

This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses, pre-requisites, co-requisites, and any other requirements as defined in the College Catalog.

Milestone Courses

The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information