The Mathematics Department offers a rich curriculum to meet the diverse needs of students at Laney College. Our course offerings include those transferable to four- year colleges/universities, those tailored for programs in career and technical education, along with those designed to help students strengthen their basic skills.


Department Chair, David Ross explains the two degrees in Mathematics offered at Laney:

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A math degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities across various industries. Some common career paths for individuals with a math degree include:

  1. Actuary: Actuaries analyze financial risks using mathematics, statistics, and financial theory. They work primarily in insurance companies, pension funds, and other financial institutions.
  2. Data Analyst/Data Scientist: Data analysts and data scientists use mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze large datasets and extract meaningful insights. They work in various industries such as technology, finance, healthcare, and marketing.
  3. Operations Research Analyst: Operations research analysts use mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations solve complex problems related to decision-making, resource allocation, and efficiency improvement.
  4. Statistician: Statisticians collect, analyze, and interpret numerical data to aid in decision-making processes. They work in fields such as government, healthcare, market research, and academia.
  5. Math Teacher/Professor: Math graduates can pursue careers in education, teaching mathematics at various levels, from elementary school to university level.
  6. Quantitative Analyst (Quant): Quants develop mathematical models and algorithms to analyze financial markets and make investment decisions. They typically work in investment banks, hedge funds, and asset management firms.
  7. Software Engineer/Developer: Math graduates with strong programming skills can work as software engineers or developers, especially in fields such as algorithm development, computational mathematics, and scientific computing.
  8. Cryptographer: Cryptographers use mathematical principles to design and analyze secure communication systems and cryptographic algorithms. They work in cybersecurity, government agencies, and research institutions.
  9. Market Research Analyst: Market research analysts use statistical techniques to analyze market trends, consumer behavior, and competitive landscapes to help companies make informed business decisions.
  10. Mathematical Modeller: Mathematical modelers create mathematical models to simulate real-world phenomena, such as climate patterns, population dynamics, and disease spread. They work in research institutions, government agencies, and consulting firms.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other career paths available to individuals with a math degree. The versatility of math skills allows graduates to adapt to various industries and roles, making it a valuable qualification in today's job market.

ASSIST is best used in combination with seeing a Laney College counselor. It is intended to help students and counselors work together to establish an appropriate path toward transferring from a public California community college to a public California university.