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.
Math Professors and Advisors
Bill Fiess bill.fiess@sw.edu Science – Math advisor
Lisa Henley lisa.henley@sw.edu Science – Math advisor
Ann Trivette ann.trivette@sw.edu Developmental Math
Danny Whited danny.whited@sw.edu Science – Math advisor
Courses
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.
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
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 sciencemath 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.
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 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/mathematicians.htm
*A teaching certificate with a BS degree is needed for teaching at the elementary school through high school levels.

