Associate Degree in Mathematics: Program Information

An associate's degree in mathematics prepares students for bachelor's degree programs in mathematics or a related field. Learn about the common coursework and continuing education opportunities.

Essential Information

An associate degree program in mathematics is typically a 2-year transfer program for students who plan to go on to pursue a bachelor's degree in such majors as actuarial science, engineering or accounting. Typically, only a high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission. Problem-solving skills are a must for students entering this associate's degree program.

Associate's Degree in Mathematics

The coursework in a mathematics associate degree program includes studies in statistics, finite mathematics and geometry. Areas of focus in the program often include:

  • Functions
  • Polynomials
  • Equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Integers
  • Probability

Continuing Education Information

Transfer degree options for associate's degree program graduates include a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with concentration areas like computer science and statistics. Degree options for students who plan to become math teachers at the elementary or secondary level include a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Single-Subject Teaching, Secondary Mathematics or Education.

An associate's degree program in mathematics can also be a springboard for a bachelor's degree program in actuarial science, an academic major that combines the study of business and mathematics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), actuaries earned a mean annual salary of $110,560 in May of 2015 ( The BLS also reports that mathematicians earned a mean annual salary of $112,560 in the same year.

Most students who earn an associate's degree in mathematics go on to pursue a bachelor's degree in a related field. Graduates of the bachelor's degree programs may work as actuaries, mathematicians or math teachers.

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