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Mathematics Major - Education Option

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The nation’s growing need for scientists, engineers, and other technically skilled workers, has led to a shortfall in our national scientific and technical capabilities because U.S. colleges are not graduating enough scientific talent. Weaknesses in the K-12
education system contribute to challenges students face. In NJ, the shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers is severe.

This option will provide a solid subject matter foundation and appreciation for mathematics for students planning to teach in order to assure quality in mathematics education. Union County College graduates will have the opportunity to matriculate at four-year colleges, pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education.

This program assumes the completion of all prerequisites for the mathematics courses or satisfactory performance on the College Level Mathematics exam. Contact the Mathematics Department for further information.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills;
  • Communicate mathematics effectively, applying its unique language and symbolic system;
  • Apply mathematical theorems to solve classical problems and real-world applications;
  • Formulate and evaluate possible solutions to problems, and select and defend the chosen solutions with mathematical proofs or by the scientific method as appropriate;
  • Translate quantifiable problems into mathematical terms and solve these problems using mathematical or statistical operations;
  • Construct graphs and charts, interpret them, and draw appropriate conclusions;
  • Use technology in analyzing and solving mathematical problems;
  • Address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.
Search for courses in the online course catalog.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Composition I
MAT 171 - Unified Calculus
PHY 101 - General Physics I WITH
PHYL 111 - Mechanics Laboratory 
CSC 100 - Computer Programming Fundamentals

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Composition II
MAT 172 - Unified Calculus II
PHY 102 - General Physics II WITH
PHYL 102 - General Physics II Lab
CSC 101 - Computer Algorithms
HIS 101 - Intro to Western Civilization I

Second Year

First Semester

ENG - 200 Level Literature Course
MAT 271 - Unified Calculus III
MAT 265 - Linear Algebra
PSY 101 - General Psychology
HIS 101 - Introduction to Western Civilization II*

Second Semester

MAT 272 - Differential Equations
MAT 267 - Discrete Mathematics
PSY 206 - Adolescent Psychology
MAT 266 - Survey of Modern Mathematics
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology

*In order to be substituted with an alternate Humanities course to fulfill specific transfer needs, the student must secure written permission from the program coordinator or department chairperson.

This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses, prerequisites, co-requisites, and any other requirements (including UCC101) as defined in the College Catalog.

Career Options

Graduates can transfer to a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements Union County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer advisor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Science Degree

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