West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Department of Mathematics

About Us


Mathematics is a multifaceted subject of great beauty and application. The study of math explores some of the deepest questions and puzzles that have ever been encountered and equips the student with a universal language used to study quantities and relationships in all fields. Through the study of mathematics, the student develops both the ability to think logically and abstractly as well as the problem-solving and computational skills necessary for success in any field of study. The department of mathematics offers degrees in Mathematics Associate of Arts and Mathematics AA-T Associate Arts for Transfer.

The department believes that all people should have the opportunity to experience mathematics, not just as a series of apparently meaningless technical procedures but also as something beautiful.  The mathematics faculty hope to:

  • Provide our students with the mathematical power necessary for a productive and creative life.
  • Help our students master fundamental skills at a level sufficient to sustain our present technology-based society.
  • Influence the mathematical curricula in our country so that it is current and reflects present intellectual and technical needs, and the new findings in cognitive science.
  • Provide a vigorous intellectual center for the mathematical life of West Valley College.

The Mathematics Department at West Valley College offers a wide variety of courses that include pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, finite mathematics, discrete mathematics, mathematics for liberal arts, and mathematics for elementary school teachers. Many of the courses we offer are transferable to four-year schools.  The department operates its own resource center.  In the Mathematics Resource Center, located in SM -5, we offer free tutoring, a textbook and calculator library, and Macs and PC's for the students to work on their math homework.  It is staffed with student tutors and faculty. We have 14 full-time faculty, some who have just recently graduated with their master’s or PhD degrees, and some who have been here for 30 years.

Our faculty are very active in the mathematics education community. Most of us regularly attend conferences so as to keep up with current trends in teaching and learning. From time-to-time, several members give presentations on mathematics or teaching and learning at local, state, and nationwide conferences. Nearly all the mathematics faculty belong to at least one professional mathematics organization such as the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges, California Mathematics Council Community Colleges and the Mathematical Association of America.  We look forward to helping you along your pathways to reach your career and transfer goals.

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