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Department Chair: Dr. R. Forsstrom
Department Secretary: Sandra Haan
Phone: (201) 447-7975
The mission of the mathematics department at Bergen Community College is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics by providing students with an awareness of the connections of mathematics to other subjects and to strengthen each student’s ability to apply mathematics to these subjects. By offering a broad selection of courses that are designed to meet diverse student needs, the mathematics department faculty promote critical thinking through course work that emphasizes problem solving and applications and introduces students to the effective uses of technology in mathematical problem solving. The department promotes scholarly activity among all of the mathematics faculty and students majoring in mathematics. The department encourages and supports faculty collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines to modify and develop mathematics courses that support other programs of study.
The Developmental Mathematics Program provides the opportunity for students to learn the skills and concepts needed to be successful in college by offering various courses to most efficiently meet students’ needs. The Developmental Mathematics Program provides the opportunity for the students to learn the skills needed to be successful in college level math. It helps the student improve important math concepts ranging from arithmetic to basic algebra. The Developmental Mathematics Department seeks to foster student success through cultivating students’ self-confidence, self-management, and by encouraging a positive attitude; as well as enhancing success through teaching and modeling study skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. The Developmental Mathematics Program works in close collaboration with the Henry and Edith Cerullo Learning Assistance Center and the Office of Testing Services to help struggling math students.
Based upon the results of the math portion of the basic skills assessment and placement test, a student may be placed in one of three entry-level math courses:
- Basic Mathematics MAT-011
- Accelerated Basic Mathematics MAT-012
- Algebra for Liberal Arts MAT-040 or Algebra MAT-048
The Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- Mathematics option is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers including teaching positions at all levels, research positions, or positions in industry in areas such as applied mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, operations research, econometrics, or market research. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in mathematics. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associate of Science degree (A.S.)- Mathematics option can transfer into majors, such as mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.