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SWCC Science & Math Department

Mathematics is a thrilling major and in demand!

A major in mathematics can lead to a variety of exciting professional careers. It all can start at SWCC with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science. After completion of the two year basic science degree, students transfer to a four year school. Students declare a math major their junior year. This is also the first year at a four year school. At the four year school students will have a number of different math courses to choose from to continue their studies. At the transfer institution students will be assigned an advisor that will guide them as to the course work needed to successfully complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.

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Math Professors and Advisors

Bill Fiess Science – Math advisor

Lisa Henley Science – Math advisor

Ann Trivette Developmental Math

Danny Whited Science – Math advisor


Course formats are varied – hybrid, in class and online.
See Math Course Descriptions

The Southwest Virginia Community College Mathematics Contest is held each year. Three divisions, representing 11 area high schools, compete in five subject areas: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, algebra III and trigonometry and calculus. Awards are given for the top three students in each of the subject areas. Information on Division winners can be found on Facebook.

math bullet Why major in Math?

Math is science of pattern and order.  Math is much more than calculations. Mathematics has a universal relevance. Besides learning mathematical skills you learn problem solving and analytical, investigative and communication skills. All science majors take math courses including calculus and statistics. The skills are valued by employers. Forbes list it as one of the most valuable college majors. Mamathematics majors are in demand from teaching at all levels to cryptography

html-scroller-bullets How to get started.

To get started on your degree in science at SWCC you must be ready to enroll in math 163 or a higher math. As a mathematics major the student should include more math classes than listed in the curriculum. The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science curriculum is adaptable to each student’s specific needs. To enroll in college math classes, previous math classes taken must be available to the college and your advisor. Math scores should also be available.

Review additional information and practice tests for  the VPT Math placement test.

Make an appointment with your advisor and keep the appointment. Students can contact science-math advisors by email (see Math Professors and Advisors above). Your advisor will make sure you are started on the right track. This is the most important step you can take in getting started.

html-scroller-bullets Career options in Mathematics and associated careers

As you review the list below you will see the prospects for careers in the mathematical sciences are very good. Mathematics teachers on all levels are in high demand. To find out the what, how and pay of careers listed below use the occupational Bureau of Labor Statistics Outlook Handbook

*A teaching certificate with a BS degree is needed for teaching at the elementary school through high school levels.

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Applications Programmer
  • Applied Researcher
  • Applied Science Technologist
  • Biometrician/Biostatistician
  • Computer Marketing Representative
  • Consumer Loan/Credit Officer
  • Cartographer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Cost Estimator/Analyst
  • Cryptographer/Cryptologist
  • Data Collection Analyst
  • Data Control Administrator
  • Data Processing Manager
  • Demographer
  • Development Specialist
  • Econometrician
  • EDP Auditor
  • Employee Relations Specialist
  • Estate Planner
  • External Auditor
  • Government Employee
  • Industrial/Institutional Buyer
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Scientist
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Mathematician
  • Mathematics Editor
  • Mortgage Researcher
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Physicist
  • Rate Analyst
  • Risk & Insurance Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Robotics Programmer
  • Statistician
  • Systems Analyst
  • Science/Math Teacher
  • Technical Support Representative
  • Technical Writer
  • Testing Specialist
  • Theoretical Researcher
  • Transportation Planner
  • Treasury Management Specialist
  • Underwriter