BCC's mission is to prepare students for graduation, transfer and careers; the Math Department's mission is to help students gain quantitative literacy, understand mathematical ideas, and use them to excel in their future work. We support degree programs of study, and students will find that the rigor and demands of the courses offered here are aligned with many four-year colleges and universities. The Math Department acknowledges the recommendations of professional mathematical societies such as AMATYC, 100% Math, and the NCTM standards.
BCC math courses range from arithmetic through calculus and many are offered in three formats: the traditional teacher-paced lecture format, the self-paced MAT 800 format through pre-calculus, or the online MAT 800 format.
In the MAT 800 series, students advance at their own rates and credits are earned individually. Self-motivated students can move quickly through their math credits, while those students who have not recently had math courses or who are lacking in confidence can move more slowly with the individualized faculty assistance needed to build solid foundations for long term success.
There are no lectures in this setting. Instead, students work with their texts, computers, teachers, and tutors, if desired, to learn the material. They decide when to take tests, and then are allowed to retest until they pass. Students may select MAT 800 for one or two credits, and then may choose to add more once these are completed. Each student works with his or her teacher to plan the pace at which the credits should be completed.
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Many students who take the Learning Skills Assessment place into Basic Math or Introductory Algebra. Our mission, as pre-college level math teachers, is to help each student master skills, learn techniques, and gain confidence in order to build a solid foundation for college-level math. Pre-college-level courses may be teacher-paced (MAT 018, MAT 028, MAT 029), the self-paced MAT 800 "modules" (MAT 011 through MAT 029C), or MAT 800 online. Course credits at this level do not transfer.
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Although specific programs may require more or less math, College Algebra, Elementary Statistics, and Math for Art and Nature fulfill the BCC general education graduation requirement. Of these three, College Algebra is the most widely transferable and prepares students for pre-calculus. It is available in the traditional teacher-paced format as well as the self-paced MAT 800 format. The Math Department offers courses that meet the requirements at institutions where the majority of BCC students expect to transfer. Degree and program requirements vary among institutions; the responsibility for a realistic plan belongs to each student.
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