Mathematics - Liberal Arts

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 Math Diagnostic test, ACT/SAT or Advanced Placement scores.  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 Math Diagnostic test twice prior to enrollment) the placement test:

College Preparatory Mathematics

Math 095: College Prep Math

The college-preparatory course offering is MATH 095, College Prep Math, offered through the Math Solutions Center (MSC) locations.  (There is an MSC in Boise and in Nampa.)  While this course does not fulfill the general education mathematics requirement for an Associate’s degree, it does provide a student with the set of foundational skills needed for college-level mathematics courses.  The faculty affiliated with this course are dedicated to providing an encouraging learning environment, using technology to enhance the delivery of material and 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This degree plan is to help students plan coursework with a focus on teaching mathematics in secondary schools. Upon graduation, your degree will be in Liberal Arts and will NOT have an Education - IDoTeach Mathematics focus officially denoted on your transcript and/or degree.

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 095 College Prep Mathematics
  • MATH 123 Math in Modern Society
  • MATH 130 Finite Math
  • MATH 143 College Algebra
  • MATH 144 Trigonometry
  • MATH 147 Precalculus
  • MATH 153 Elementary Statistics
  • 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 257 Math for Elementary Teachers 2
  • MATH 275 Calculus 3

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with IDoTeach Mathematics Focus

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Summer 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Registration Open April 11 April 11 November 14
Financial Aid Priority Date May 16 July 11 December 5
Admission Deadline May 20 August 5 December 30
Last Day to Register June 3 August 19 January 13
Tuition and Fees Due June 3 August 19 January 13
Classes Begin June 6* August 22* January 17*
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the 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 Math Diagnostic test, ACT/SAT or Advanced Placement scores.  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 Math Diagnostic test twice prior to enrollment) the placement test:

CWI Math Progression Chart MATH 095 123 130 153 147 143 144 160 170  157 175 257 275

Career Info

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions
5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

Directions
6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building

Directions
6042 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687

Nampa Campus Micron Center for Professional Technical Education

Directions
5725 E. Franklin Road, Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Program Department Chair

Instructors

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