Mathematics

Overview

The Mathematics Department offers college preparatory and college-level mathematics courses designed to prepare students for higher level mathematics and for liberals arts, STEM, and professional/technical pursuits. 

Initial assignment into mathematics courses is determined by performance on the COMPASS placement test or ACT/SAT.  Students who wish to place as highly as possible in the college-prep/college-level mathematics sequence may use the following resources prior to taking or re-taking (students are allowed to take the COMPASS test twice prior to enrollment) the placement test:

College Preparatory Mathematics

The college-preparatory course offerings are Pre-Algebra (MATH 015), Beginning Algebra (MATH 025), and Intermediate Algebra (MATH 108).  While these courses do not fulfill the general education mathematics requirement for an Associate’s degree, they do provide a student with the set of foundational skills needed for college-level mathematics courses.  The faculty affiliated with these classes is dedicated to providing an encouraging learning environment and using technology to enhance the delivery of material, and the guided practice for the student.

Transfer Mathematics

These transfer mathematics courses are designed to support the needs of a student’s preferred educational path.  Each class promotes the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills.  In addition, the faculty is dedicated to keeping current with the uses of technology to enhance instruction.  CWI offers mathematics courses that will smoothly transfer to other Idaho four-year institutions and beyond.

Mission

To provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can learn mathematical skills and gain a deeper understanding of how mathematics will strengthen their ability to think analytically in both professional and personal settings.

Why This Program

Mathematics courses provide a student not only with a set of mathematics skills but also a strengthened ability to think critically.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Become a critical thinker
  • Use quantitative reasoning
  • MATH 015 Pre-Algebra
  • MATH 025 Beginning Algebra
  • MATH 108 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 123 Math in Modern Society
  • MATH 130 Finite Math
  • MATH 143 College Algebra
  • MATH 144 Trigonometry
  • MATH 147 Precalculus
  • MATH 157 Math for Elementary Teachers 1
  • MATH 160 Brief Calculus
  • MATH 170 Calculus 1
  • MATH 175 Calculus 2
  • MATH 176 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 230 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  • MATH 253 Elementary Statistics
  • MATH 257 Math for Elementary Teachers 2
  • MATH 275 Calculus 3

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts - IDoTeach Mathematics Focus

AA

24

Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Registration Open April 13 April 13 November 9
Financial Aid Priority Date May 11 July 13 November 23
Admission Deadline May 15 August 7 December 21
Last Day to Register May 29 August 21 January 8
Tuition and Fees Due May 29 August 21 January 8
Classes Begin June 1* August 24 January 11
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Initial assignment into mathematics courses is determined by performance on the COMPASS placement test or ACT/SAT.  Students who wish to place as highly as possible in the college-prep/college-level mathematics sequence may use the following resources prior to taking or re-taking (students are allowed to take the COMPASS test twice prior to enrollment) the placement test:

CWI Math Progression Chart MATH 015 123 025 108 130 147 143 144 160 170  157 175 257 275 253

Career Info

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

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5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

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1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

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2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

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6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building

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6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

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5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687

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News and Blogs

Blog by Steve Lysne
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00am
Tyrell Styhl, a sophomore natural resources major at the College of Western Idaho (CWI), claimed Best Paper Presentation for an Undergraduate Student at the 57th Annual Meeting & Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering last month in Boise. He won for his paper titled Entrainment of Freshwater Mollusks: A Bioenergetic Sink for Primary Consumers which was result of two years of faculty-mentored research at CWI. The full text of Ty’s abstract is below.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 9:45am
Math anxiety affects about 50 percent of the U.S. population and more women than men.[1] 
Blog by Steve Lysne
Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:45am
On March 20, several CWI faculty and students will present on various topics at the 57th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering. Life Sciences Department Chair, Nicole Frank, will be joined by Assistant Professors Steven Lysne and Brian McClain during the STEM Education plenary session.
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 3:45pm
The link below has several modules and courses aimed at teaching earth sciences at the university/college level.  Topics range from climate change to mineral resources to natural hazards!  I worked with a team to develop the "Map Your Hazards! – Assessing Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk" module.  When we piloted the module in our courses (including courses at CWI), we found that the majority of students were both more excited and more engaged in the subject matter.  Check it out!

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