Mathematics Department

Basic Skills Program

The Basic Skills Program consists of Pre-algebra, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and Geometry. Intermediate Algebra, and sometimes Geometry, are prerequisites to all of our transfer-level courses. At least one Intermediate Algebra section is offered as an online course each semester. 


Transfer Program (General, Education, or Business majors)

Transfer-level math courses include Math for General Education, Math for Elementary Education, Finite Math, and Statistics. These courses are designed for students who are majoring in business, education, or the liberal arts. Elementary Statistics is offered in the traditional classroom setting as well as online. 


Transfer Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math majors)

This program is designed for students on the advanced math track and includes Pre-Calculus Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Calculus for Business and Social Science, Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, and Linear Algebra. Pre-calculus, Algebra and Trigonometry may also be taken online. Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations are offered alternate semesters at Leland High School. Graphing calculators are required for all listed courses. Some courses may also incorporate the Maple mathematical software package.

Transfer Program

In addition to AA and AS degrees, Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T and AS-T) are offered for students who intend to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a California State University.


AMATYC Mathematics Contest

San Jose City College students participate in a national mathematics contest sponsored by the American Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Each of the two rounds consists of 20 problems to be solved within a one-hour time period with the aid of a graphing calculator. Problems may include material up to pre-calculus mathematics, including some probability and trigonometry problems. The national winner receives a $3,000 scholarship. The mathematics department also awards prizes to San Jose City College students with the top five scores for our school. Any San Jose City College student may participate. (Only non-college degree holding students count for the national contest.) Over 100 students participated in Round One of 2013.

Tutoring Center and Homework Software Links

The Tutoring Center supports SJCC students by providing free one-on-one and group tutoring in most academic subjects offered on campus. For more details, see the On-Campus Resources under Current Students.

Assistance to Online Learners:

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Tutors will answer questions Monday thru Friday.

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Peer-Led Learning

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a small-group collaborative approach to learning, studying, and orally communicating chemistry, biology, math and physics. Click on the first link to find out our current semester schedule of PLTL workshops. Students who become peer leaders earn a modest stipend and are offered opportunities to participate in local and national conferences, internships, and more.


SJCC is pleased to offer a new Accelerated Mathematics Pathway (AMP),  a cohort-based learning community seeking to increase the number of students in engineering and computer science.  It is open students who are eligible for Math 13 (Intermediate Algebra), and Women, Veterans, and Minorities are especially encouraged to apply.   Students in the program will be guaranteed admission into a 2-semester mathematics sequence consisting of Math 13, Math 14 (Geometry), and Math 25 (Precalculus), and will compete for high-quality engineering and computer science internships at places like NASA Ames and Lawrence Livermore Lab upon completion.  Other benefits include enhanced academic and professional support through supplemental instruction and career development workshops, exposure to engineering applications, field trips to Silicon Valley businesses, and free textbook rentals.  Students must commit to the following class and workshop schedule: Monday&Wednesday 9:15am-12:05pm, Tuesday&Thursday 9:15am-11:40am, and Friday 9:15am-10:45am.  For more information, please contact Kevin McCandless (, 408-298-2181 x3033) or Tam Nguyen (


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