Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of Mathematics services students in many disciplines.
The department offers courses for students seeking careers in science,
mathematics, engineering and technology, in addition to basic courses that
satisfy Core Curriculum requirements.
If all you take from your course is a comfort with variables and formulas, an ability to interpret graphs and to think logically, and a willingness to use abstraction when you try to solve problems, then you have gained some incredibly useful life skills. These skills will open doors, give you options, and allow you to make your own informed choices.
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College-level mathematics classes prepare students for upper-division courses in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
- Actuarial Science
- Computer Network Administrators
Software Engineers and Computer Programmers
- Engineering Technicians
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists
- Financial Analysts
We currently offer two types of labs where students can receive help.
The main purpose of the Math Lab for Cooperative Learning, is for students who would like a place to work in a group or by themselves on math, and for students who occasionally need the assistance of a tutor for a few questions. One of the purposes of the Math Advocacy Center is for students who would like to receive a one-on-one tutoring session.
There are also Math Workshops covering a variety of topics that are available during the Fall and Spring semesters.
If you require math advising, please drop by the Advocacy Center in JH 308. The Advocacy Center provides advising for students who would like to find out about our math courses and which math course is appropriate for them.
Before you decide to drop a course, please come to the Math Advocacy Center in JH 308. During a counseling session, the math advocate can help determine if dropping the course is the best solution for you.
Even if you think there may be no way to avoid dropping, the math advocate may know of a way for you to still remain in the course, catch up with missed material, transfer to a different class, or provide you with an opportunity to finish the class successfully without having to retake it later.
For more general information about what courses are required for your
degree, visit the Northwest
Vista College catalog. For more information about the developmental math
courses, visit the DevEd Math
The offices of the instructors are located in either JH 111 or JH 213. You can find your instructor's office location and phone number by either logging into Canvas
and checking your course syllabus, or by going to the People
link and finding your instructor.
Math and Engineering Contacts
Mathematics and Engineering Department
Phone: (210) 486-4814
Yalitza P. Guerra
Administrative Service Specialist
Phone: (210) 486-4235
Phone: (210) 486-4277
Thomas Pressly, PhD
Phone: (210) 486-4841
Our mission is to help students do the following:
1) Appreciate the relevance of mathematics, its relationship to other disciplines, and its role, both in society and in their personal lives.
2) Develop the attitude, skills, and knowledge necessary to understand, analyze, and solve practical problems, with a special emphasis on critical-thinking and the application of mathematical techniques.
3) Understand the benefits of cooperative learning and how it can be balanced with independent learning to foster lifelong learning.