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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 6:00pm

Information on College-Level Math at NVC

NVC offers college math courses to meet each individuals math requirements.  Most courses are designed to transfer to senior-level institutions.  Check your advisor to make sure courses will transfer.


College Algebra
NVC offers two courses in college algebra.  MATH 1314 is taken by students who are enrolled in a degree program which requires college algebra as the only math course or of which MATH 1314 is the direct prerequisite, such as those pursuing Education degrees.  For those students who need to take courses in precalculus and calculus, MATH 1414 is the course they would sign up for.  MATH 1414 provides the prerequisite material designed to meet the rigors of the precal/calculus sequence.  Both MATH 1314 and MATH 1414 are generally accepted for transfer at most institutions in the state of Texas as they are standard math curriculum.

Business Finite Math and Business Calculus
NVC offers two courses in the business math curriculum.  Instead of taking MATH 1314, to satisfy the college algebra portion of their degree, MATH 1324 is required of business majors.  MATH 1324 provides material similar to that of MATH 1314 but with a business emphasis and prepares students to take business calculus, MATH 1325.  MATH 1325 expands on where the previous course left off and will continue into business applications involving calculus.

Liberal Arts Mathematics
NVC offers a course for liberal arts majors who would like to take a math course that is better tailored to them.  Instead of MATH 1314, liberal arts majors may elect to take MATH 1332 instead.  MATH 1332 does not essentially deal with college algebra topics but instead covers other relevant material suitable for majors who will not see heavy math in their careers.

Mathematics for Teachers
NVC offers two courses for the education curriculum.  MATH 1350 and MATH 1351 teach students the necessary topics to make them competent teachers in mathematics by showing them various methods of integrating math in their curriculum as well as getting them to thinking critically, understand mathematical concepts, and become better problem solvers.  The skills acquired in these courses will help make them effective teachers when dealing with math in their future classrooms.

NVC offers a course in statistics.  MATH 1442 is taken by those whose degree plans require a course covering elementary statistical methods.  In some degree plans statistics may be substituted for college algebra.  The course covers topics relevant to statistical methods and relevant data analysis.

Precalculus Mathematics
NVC offers a course in precalculus mathematics.  MATH 2412 picks up where MATH 1414 leaves off.  It covers relevant topics necessary to prepare students for the calculus sequence.  The course deals with a variety of topics in analytic geometry and trigonometry, both of which are necessary to understand their use in future calculus courses.

NVC offers three courses in the calculus curriculum.  Students taking these courses generally fall under STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and math).  MATH 2413 starts the calculus sequence with topics in limits and derivatives (Differential Calculus).  MATH 2414 continues the sequence with the use of integrals and their applications (Integral Calculus).  The first two courses bring about the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which links the two branches.  MATH 2415 completes the sequence by covering topics in vector calculus and multivariate calculus.

Linear Algebra
NVC offers a course in Linear Algebra for those students who wish to take an upper-division math course dealing with vectors spaces and linear mappings between them.  MATH 2318 is usually taken by students who are majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).  This course specifically helps these students attempt to think more critically about the mathematics they have studied thus far and is sometimes considered a "gateway course" into advanced mathematics as it may involve mathematical proofs.  This course is offered infrequently. 

Differential Equations
NVC offers a course on Differential Equations for those students wishing to take an upper-division math course dealing with relating functions and their derivatives of different orders.  MATH 2320 is usually taken by students who are majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).  This course is only offered at the discretion of the department.

MIM Program

MIM (Math Intensive Major) Courses
NVC offers a specialized track of college math courses that provide a more in-depth approach to traditional mathematics.  Designated for students pursuing majors in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math), these courses qualify students to handle a deeper complexity math sequence.  The purpose of the MIMS project is to build and maintain the rigorous algebra and trigonometry skills needed for higher levels of mathematics and having students to manipulate and solve difficult and challenging problems manually and through the use of technology.  This grant is to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM).  More information can be found at the
MIM Home Page. 

Math and Engineering Contacts

Mathematics and Engineering Department 
Phone: 210-486-4231
Office: JH-213

Yalitza P. Guerra
Administrative Service Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4235
Office: JH-213

Hector Trevino
Mathematics Faculty/Coordinator
Phone: 210-486-4349
Office: JH-213D

Qiaoying Zhou
Department Chair
Phone: 210-486-4383
Office: JH-213E