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 Northwest Vista College Library
1st Floor, Redbud Learning Center (RLC)
3535 N. Ellison Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251
Mon - Thur: 7:30am to 4:30pm
Fri: 7:30am to 4:00pm

What's Your Math Path?

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the mathematics discipline offer?

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.

Why do I need to take College Algebra or any other math course? It has nothing to do with my degree.

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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What can I do with this course of study?

College-level mathematics classes prepare students for upper-division courses in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

What job opportunities are available for mathematicians?

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biomathematics
  • Computer Network Administrators
  • Computer Software Engineers and Computer Programmers
  • Engineering Technicians
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Financial Advisors
  • Financial Analysts
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Physicists
  • Statistics
  • Teaching

I need some help in my math course. Where should I go?

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.

Where should I go for Math Advising?

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.

I'm thinking of dropping a math course. Where should I go?

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.

How much math do I need for my degree?



 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 page.

Will my math class transfer to another university?

To find out if a course will transfer to another university, go to the Texas Common Course Numbering System website. Select the Compare Institutions option to get started.

Where is my instructor's office? What is their office phone number?

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: 210-486-4231
Office: JH-213

Yalitza P. Guerra
Administrative Service Specialist
Phone: 210-486-4235
Office: JH-213

Hector Trevino
Mathematics Faculty/Coordinator
Phone: 210-486-4349
Office: JH-213D

Qiaoying Zhou
Department Chair
Phone: 210-486-4383
Office: JH-213E

Math Mission

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.