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The Mathematics Department offers a wide range of courses, from developmental to advanced, that enable students to fulfill program requirements at Henry Ford College, to transfer with advanced standing into four-year degree programs, or to complete admission requirements for graduate degrees where the student’s undergraduate mathematical background is insufficient.

For students who come to Henry Ford without the adequate preparation and skills to be successful in college-level mathematics, the Mathematics Department has a series of developmental offerings - both traditional and modular, flexibly-paced - that prepares them for success in more advanced courses. MATH 081 prepares students for MATH 141-Introduction to Statistics and MATH 131-Mathematics in the Modern World. In addition, the Learning Laboratory provides support for students who are lacking in specific mathematics skills in their HFC courses.

If a student’s career objective is a technical degree or certificate, there is a structured two-course sequence in Technical Mathematics (MATH 100 and MATH 103) that is designed to meet the mathematical needs of these specific programs. Related problem-solving activities are integrated throughout this sequence. In addition, specialty courses are available to students in the Pharmacy Technician program (MATH 101) or the Culinary Arts program (MATH 104).

For students who plan eventually to transfer to a four-year program that has a strong mathematics component, the entire range of the traditional first two years of undergraduate mathematics courses is offered. Included is a three-course calculus sequence (MATH 180, MATH 183, MATH 280), in addition to specialty courses such as MATH 289-Differential Equations, MATH 283-Linear Algebra, and MATH 150-Finite Mathematics.

Future elementary education majors can satisfy their mathematics requirement at most institutions by completing MATH 121, MATH 221, and MATH 225. Students should consult the transfer guides to the four-year institutions of their choice for the appropriate courses.

Students preparing for an undergraduate degree in business or for entry into an MBA program can elect MATH 153-Calculus for Business, Life and Social Sciences, and MATH 141-Introduction to Statistics.

MATH 131-Mathematics in the Modern World provides students whose program or career goals do not require a specific mathematics course sequence the opportunity to develop quantitative literacy skills that will meet HFC requirements, and requirements at many four-year institutions. Students should consult their program requirements and transfer guides prior to electing this class.

The Mathematics Department emphasizes problem-solving techniques and the appropriate use of technology, both computer and graphing calculator-based, throughout its wide range of course offerings. Whether in science, engineering, statistics, business, health careers, education, or any other field that requires quantitative literacy, the mathematics offerings are designed to prepare students to become creative problem solvers.


Math and Science Division • (313) 845-9631 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-122
Scott Barnett • (313) 845-6496 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-120C