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Why Are Math and Science So Important?
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If you have college plans, whether you are just graduating from high school or haven’t been in a classroom for a while, you need to take a moment to realistically assess your skills and knowledge in math and science. 

One purpose of the Health Careers Resource Center is to increase the number of qualified students who enter DCCCD health careers programs. A solid academic background with good grades, especially in math and science, will help you in being accepted to and succeeding in your study program.

Most health careers require science and math skills, and the majority of our credit health careers programs have prerequisites that include math and science classes. These courses are usually algebra, biology, and anatomy and physiology. While each program has different requirements, students with strong academic backgrounds are better prepared to meet the requirements of all programs.

A strong high school experience can help. And good grades in math and science are very important. You’ll need to earn at least a “B” in college-level math and science classes to succeed in a health careers program. The competitive programs give extra points to students who earn an “A,” increasing your chances of getting accepted into the programs.

It is important for you to earn good grades in all of the prerequisite courses, but it is especially important in math and science. Contact one of our advisors if you are having difficulty with math or if you need to take a refresher course. DCCCD offers plenty of options for you to take developmental courses or get tutoring to bring up your skills.

What if math and science just aren’t my strong suits?

Don’t worry! There are plenty of options for entering a health career, some with few math and science requirements. DCCCD also offers certificate programs and Continuing Education courses that provide short-term training and skills development so you can begin a career. 

In many cases, admission requirements are limited to a high school diploma or GED. These classes give you the opportunity to see if a health career is right for you — and if it is, then you can build up your skills and develop your personal career pathway. 

Call or stop by the Health Careers Resource Center and ask for our help!

The most common prerequisite courses for DCCCD health careers are:

  • BIOL 2401 (Anatomy and Physiology I) or SCIT 1407 (Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • MATH 1314 (three hours of College Algebra) or MATH 1414 (four hours of College Algebra)
  • ENGL 1301 (Composition I)
  • PSYC 2301 (Introduction to Psychology) or SOCI 1301 (Introduction to Sociology)
  • SPCH 1311 (Introduction to Speech Communication) or SPCH 1315 (Fundamentals of Public Speaking)

Article by Dr. Molly Boyd

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