Mission The mission of the Department of Mathematics of Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College is to provide for our multicultural student population, a majority of whom are female, minorities and from non-traditional backgrounds, a supportive learning environment, a strong foundation of basic knowledge in mathematics, and to prepare them for a variety of careers in mathematics and related fields. To advance this mission, the Department of Mathematics emphasizes for all its students a conceptual understanding of mathematics together with problem solving and higher order analytic skills. The department strives to develop students' ability to think precisely, creatively and critically, to speak clearly and persuasively, and to be aware of the intellectual power and significance of mathematical reasoning in today's technological society. The Department of Mathematics is committed to the highest standards of excellence in teaching and service. Goals To provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills they need to pursue careers in Computer Information Systems, the Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematics, Allied Health, Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, Health and Human Services, Paralegal, and Office Administration and Technology. To provide students in the liberal arts programs with a broader understanding of the foundation of mathematics, permeating different topics and transcending mere computation, with emphasis on logic and systematic constructions leading to more sophisticated mathematical models. The mathematics curriculum provides a variety of offerings that survey the meaning of mathematics as a logical system. The particular models chosen to exemplify these logical principles will vary from time to time depending on the current interests of our students and faculty. As such models are meant to be illustrations only, the choice can be selective without any change of purpose. Although the language of instruction is English, a few sections of some courses in the Mathematics Department are offered in Spanish, depending upon student needs. Language-enhanced materials are used in all developmental courses to support students' linguistic needs. Effective Fall 2003, no student may be placed in a college-level Mathematics course who has not passed or been exempted from the CUNY Mathematics Skills Test. Students planning to continue study in mathematics or mathematics related areas are advised to consult with the Mathematics Department Chairperson.