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Mathematics is ​the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right (pure mathematics), or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics). Algebra, arithmetic, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry are branches of mathematics.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in mathematics include: accountant, investment analyst, teacher, research scientist, computer programmer, animator, game designer, and robotics engineer.

​​Student Voice

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Tiffany Pan Tiffany Pan

​​Tiffany Pan is an alumnus of Norco College who is currently a software engineer on the Android Platform team at Square.

“During my time at Norco College from 2014 to 2016, I had been a part of the STEM program, tutored in several math and science courses,” said Pan. “Then I transferred to UC San Diego as a Math Computer Science major, where I tutored for lower division computer science classes. After graduating from UCSD in 2019, I moved to San Francisco and started working at Square in August 2019.”

Academic Programs in Mathematics

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Math & Science - CSU Pathway

​​Math for Transfer (ADT) - Pathways for Transfer to a CSU or UC School

​Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Mathematics)​​​
​​Moving Through Math Chart
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

Data Science Associate Degree

What is a Data Scientist?

Data Scientists are problem solvers tasked with finding data driven solutions to challenges companies face. Data scientists use statistics and computer science to understand and solve the problems companies face.

Associate Degree in Data Science at Norco College

Norco College is now offering an associate degree in Data Science. See below for a sample pathway for an associate degree in Data Science.

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​Semester 2​

Course Title

Units Course Title Units
CIS-1A Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3 MAT-70B Statistics for STEM ​4
MAT- 70A/CSC- 70A Foundations of Data Science 3 MAT-1A Calculus I​ ​4
CIS/CSC – 6 Introduction to Database Theory 3 CIS/CSC-603 Introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL) ​3
CIS-30A Introduction to Python Programming 3 General Ed Course

Semester 3​

​Semester 4​​

​​​Course Title
Course Title
MAT-1B Calculus II
4 MAT-1C Calculus III ​4
CIS-30E Advanced Python Programming 3 MAT-3 Linear Algebra
General Ed Courses

General Ed Course
Elective Course
3 General Ed Course


What a Data Scientist Does

​A Day in the Life of a Data Scientist​ provides information on what a data scientist does daily. To get a quick idea, below is a short video on the life of a data scientist.

​Data Science Employment

The data science industry is growing at a rapid pace.  Data scientist jobs are predicted to experience 36 percent growth between 2021- 2030.1  As technology and data evolve the demand for data scientists continues to increase.  Information security analyst, software developer, data scientist, and statistician ranked among the top 25 (out of 100) jobs in 2023.2  The USA alone needs over 1.5 million more data scientists, analysts and data-literate managers.3

Data scientists can be found in almost any industry.  Financial services, information technology, healthcare, retail, and media and entertainment industries hire the most data scientists currently.4


Where do Data Scientists​ Work?

Data scientists can be found in almost any industry from business to technology to healthcare to retail. Financial services, information technology, healthcare, retail, and media and entertainment industries hire the most data scientists currently.  (Career Karma – Dream Employers for Data Scientists: What industries hire the most?)

Top Attractive Employers for Data Scientists

​Financial Services



​Job Title

CalPrivate Bank Remote Application Support Analyst
Cash App San Francisco Senior Machine Learning Modeler, Financial Crimes (Cash App)
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. New York Wealth Management, Data Intelligence Group (DIG), Data Scientist Team Lead (ED – New York OR London)
KPMG San Francisco Associate, Data Scientist – Financial Services Statistical Modeling
Moody's Analytics New York Data Scientist/Risk Modeler

​Information Technology



​Job Title

Google Mountain View, Sunnyvale, New York Data Scientist, Engineering
IBM San Jose Junior Data Scientist Apprentice
Intel Hillsboro Data Scientist
Microsoft Bellevue Data Scientist
Oracle Denver, Remote Data Scientist




​Job Title

Amino, Inc San Francisco Senior Data Scientist – Healthcare
Ascension Warren Data Scientist – Healthcare
CVS Health New York Data Scientist (Healthcare)
Landmark Health California, Remote Healthcare Data Scientist
TriHealth Inc. Montgomery Healthcare statistician




​Job Title

Amazon Seattle Applied Scientist II, Retail Pricing Science
Apple Cupertino Data Scientist, Natural Language Processing (NLP) – Apple Retail Online
Chewy Minneapolis Head of Machine Learning – Retail Forecasting
Nordstrom Seattle Data Scientist – Merchandising Analytics
Target Minneapolis Sr Project/Data Analyst Food and Bev Supply Chain

Media and Entertainment



​Job Title

Disney Streaming Seattle Analyst, Forecasting
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Los Angeles Business Intelligence Developer – Media & Entertainment
Netflix Remote People Analytics Partner
ViacomCBS New York Jr. Data Scientist
WarnerMedia New York Analyst, HBO Max Content Analysis


How much does a Data Scientists Make?

What Is the Average DATA Scientist Salary by State?    


Annual Salary

Monthly Pay

Hourly Wage

New York $132,877 $11,073 $63.88
Idaho $130,190 $10,849 $62.59
California $127,351 $10,612 $61.23
New Hampshire $123,445 $10,287 $59.35
Vermont $121,677 $10,139 $58.50

What is the average salary for a Data Scientist in Riverside, CA?


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