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Mathematics Transfer AA

Last updated 6/30/2015

Associate in Arts Code 1033

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Peter Nodzenski, 309-796-5374,
East Campus
East Campus Advising, 309-854-1709

Students planning to major in and obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics at a four-year institution can follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. Completion of the course of study outlined below will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for a mathematics major, students should consult with a mathematics advisor and/or the Transfer Center at Black Hawk College for additional information. If the student has definite intentions of transferring to a particular college or university after completing his/her study at Black Hawk College, it would be wise to consult with an appropriate advisor at that college or university before beginning any college education.

Students who plan to major in mathematics at a four-year school should complete the calculus sequence (MATH 124, 225 and 226) while at Black Hawk. Students should also complete CS 121, PHYS 201, MATH 230 and MATH 235.

Mathematics Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1033
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
First Semester
1CS 105 — Computer Science Principles (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
2MATH 124 — Calculus I (4)
Humanities (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

Second Semester
1CS 121 — Intro to Computer Science (3)
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
MATH 225 — Calculus II (4)
Fine Arts (3)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

Third Semester
MATH 226 — Calculus III (5)
PHYS 201 — General Physicis I (5)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
Social and Behavioral Science (3)

Fourth Semester
MATH 230 — Linear Algebra (3)
MATH 235 — Differential Equations (3)
Life Science (4)
Non-Western Studies (3)
Humanities  or  Fine Arts (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1If CS 105 is waived as prerequisite for CS 121, then take CS 121 during the first semester and take either MATH 161 or MATH 228 during the second semester.
2The initial math course for some students may have to be Precalculus, MATH 118.

Courses for this program include: »

CS 105 Computer Science: Principles
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This course introduces students to the central ideas of computing and Computer Science, instills ideas and practices of computational thinking, and has students engage in activities that show how computing and Computer Science change the world. Students will learn that computing is both a creative and computational activity. Topics covered include abstraction, choosing computing tools to solve problems or express creativity, exploring patterns in “big data” in computer, developing algorithms to solve a problem and writing a program to implement an algorithm. This course is not programming-language specific. This course is an introductory course for both CS and non-CS-majors.

CS 121 Intro to Computer Science
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 086, 090, 091 “C” or better. Prerequisite: CS 105 or instructor consent. Recommended co-requisite: MATH 112, MATH 118, MATH 124 or MATH 131.
This course provides a disciplined approach to problem solving and algorithm development using a high level object-oriented language. Includes sequence, selection and repetition control structures; program design, coding, debugging, testing, and documentation; arrays, records, files and concepts in aile and test-driven development. IAI: CS 911

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

MATH 124 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or MATH 118 or MATH 112 and MATH 116 “C” or better.
First semester calculus including analytic geometry, with emphasis on functions, limits, continuity, derivative and some of its applications, differentials, antiderivatives, and the definite integral. IAI: M1 900-1, MTH 901

MATH 225 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 124 “C” or better.
Second semester calculus. Includes applications of the definite integral, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, sequences and series, polar coordinates and parametric equation. IAI: M1 900-2, MTH 902

MATH 226 Calculus III with Analytic Geometry
5 cr. hrs.;
5 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 225 “C” or better.
Includes vectors and vector-valued functions, surfaces in 3-space differential and integral calculus of multivariate functions, vector fields, line and surface integrals. IAI: M1 900-3, MTH 903

MATH 230 Linear Algebra
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 225 “C” or better.
Study of vector spaces with an emphasis on mathematical structure via definitions, theorems, and proofs. Topics include matrix representation of linear systems of equations, matrix equations and their solution space, linear transformations, inverses of matrices, dimensions and rank, vector spaces and subspaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and orthogonality. IAI: MTH 911

MATH 235 Differential Equations
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 225 “C” or better.
Study of ordinary differential equations, existence and uniqueness of solutions and related theorems. Topics include: linear equations of the first order, the general linear equation, linear equations with constant coefficients, variations of parameters, undetermined coefficients, linear independence, the Wronskian, exact equations, separation of variables, systems of linear differential equations, solution of Laplace transforms and applications. IAI: MTH 912

PHYS 201 General Physics
5 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 124 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 124.
For students preparing to major in engineering, physics, chemistry or mathematics. Analytical study of the theory of mechanics, heat and sound. Graduation credit will not be permitted for both PHYS 101 and 201. IAI: P2 900L; PHY 911

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900