Department of Mathematics

Instructor helping a math student

The mathematics department prides itself on meeting students where they are in terms of math ability and helping them achieve their educational goals. These goals can vary from needing basic arithmetic/algebra skills to needing courses such as statistics, calculus, computer science, and others. Many of these courses are designed specifically for transfer, enabling students to complete their first two years of coursework leading to a Bachelor’s degree in virtually any field of study at a four year college or university.

The mathematics department offers varied methods of instruction:

  • Traditional/face-to-face courses
  • Web-enhanced courses
  • Online courses
  • Hybrid/blended courses

The math department also offers mentoring and tutoring through the Math 1:40 Club led by full-time instructors. SSC is active in the American Mathematical Association for Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) and the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC).


The mission of the mathematics department is to:

  • assist in the placement of students into the highest math class in which they can be successful,
  • nurture students in developing critical thinking skills,
  • bolster students’ capacity to become clear thinkers and good decision makers, and
  • encourage students to apply logical thinking skills used in their math courses into the study of other subjects.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


  • Students will perform operations on whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, and percents and use these computational skills to solve applications.
  • Students will transition from arithmetic to algebra.
  • Students will use critical thinking to solve problems and distinguish between families of functions and sets of numbers.
  • Students will develop algebraic skills needed to transition to college level mathematics.


  • Students will demonstrate quantitative, analytic, and problem-solving skills.
  • Students will develop a knowledge of the relationship between mathematics and other fields of endeavor.
  • Students will use technology appropriately.


  • Students will analyze mathematical problems in order to formulate a correct problem-solving approach.
  • Students will integrate algebraic methodology with technology to analyze and verify results.
  • Students will develop a knowledge of the relationship between mathematics and other fields of endeavor.

Additional Information

The math department uses the ALEKS placement system to determine the highest math class for which a student is prepared. Students can use the ALEKS system to improve their placement by using the online modules to refresh their skills. In addition, a mathematics department blog that stores a number of additional resources for students is available at the Math Dept. website.

Recommended AS Transfer Curriculum for Mathematics

For students interested in mathematical analysis and applications, spatial relations, data analysis, or mathematics education. Combinations of math degrees with other fields (engineering, business, elementary education) can open many doors. Math and science teachers at all levels of education are in great demand.

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credit hours in transfer to fulfill requirements in mathematics. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and program. Peruse the offerings in the Department of Mathematics.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Minimum General Education (44-45)

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 3
ENG 102 3
SPE 108 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
Select from Group II 3
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
ECO 201 (Recommended) 3
ECO 202 (Recommended) 3
Select from Group III 9
Mathematics (5)
MTH 190 5
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
Select from Group V (Must include one lab.) 7-8
Area of Concentration/Electives
MTH 203 5
MTH 204 5
MTH 205 3
Select from Group VII – [AS Degree Approved Course on page 40] (9-10)
Minimum for AS Degree 62