Discrete mathematics comprises a number of branches of mathematics including, for example, combinatorics, graph theory, and coding theory. These areas are relatively new fields of mathematics that have, over the last half century, become critically important in applications to modern science, engineering,and technology. Prospective students must be proficient at the grade seven of the California math standards; it would be helpful (but not necessary) to have some knowledge of or to have begun studying the Algebra I level skills as well. Core skills and knowledge required include fluency in integer and rational arithmetic, the use of variables, exponents,and expressions, multiplying and factoring linear and quadratic polynomials, and the solving linear equations in one or two variables.Furthermore, prospective students must have an interest in and an aptitude for mathematics. |

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