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...if student has completed this

...and one of these.

MA101

  ACT Math Sub-score 0-20
No high school algebra

MA102

  MA101 with CR

Logical Systems
[MA118, MA123, MA134 and MA155]
and above
[MA133, MA138, MA139 and MA140]

*See individual courses below for additional requirements.

Three credits (years) high school mathematics that includes two years high school algebra.

ACT Math Sub-score of 21 or greater.

ACT Math Sub-score 0-20 and
Algebra Placement Exam placement score greater than or equal to14.

MA102 with CR

*Mathematics Courses in Logical Systems and Beyond

Course

Notes, additional requirements, prerequisites

MA118

It is strongly recommended that students complete one year of geometry and two years of algebra to prepare for this course. It is available only to students with a declared major in elementary education, early childhood education, exceptional child education, middle school education, or secondary mathematics education.

MA123

This course, a liberal arts approach to mathematics, is for students in degree programs for which MA134 is not required. Many majors are considering changing their mathematics requirements; do not assume MA134 is still required.

MA133

One year of high school geometry is strongly recommended, but not required.
This course does not meet the Logical Systems requirement.

MA155

This course, an introduction to statistical literacy, is for students in degree programs for which MA134 is not required. Many majors are considering changing their mathematics requirements; do not assume MA134 is still required.

MA138

MA134 with a grade of C or higher
OR
ACT Math Sub-score greater than or equal to 21 and at least 4 credits of high school mathematics that include 2 credits of algebra and 1 credit of pre-calculus mathematics (or equivalent).

MA139

MA134 with a grade of C or higher
OR
ACT Math Sub-score 24 or greater and at least 4 (preferably 5) credits of H. S. math that include 2 credits algebra, 1 credit geometry, and 1 credit of pre-calculus math (or equivalent).

Note: A student with an ACT Math sub-score from 21 to 23 may appeal to be placed into MA139 if he/she has completed 5 credits of high school mathematics (as above) with a high school GPA at least equivalent to a 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

MA140

MA134 and MA133 with grades of C or higher or MA135 with a grade of C or higher
OR
ACT Math Sub-score 24 or greater and at least 4 (preferably 5) credits of H. S. math that include 2 credits algebra, 1 credit geometry, and 1 credit of pre-calculus mathematics (which includes trigonometry).

Note: A student with an ACT Math sub-score from 21 to 23 may appeal to be placed into MA140 if he/she has completed 5 credits of high school mathematics (as above) with a high school GPA at least equivalent to a 3.5 on a 4-point scale.

MA145

MA140 with a grade of C or higher. Note that MA139 is not sufficient.

  • Note 1. Students who have college credit for MA134 or MA140 should be advised to take the next higher course and not repeat, since they will, in essence, lose their previous credit. If they desire a review before attempting the next course, they may opt to audit the course for which they have credit.
  • Note 2. In all courses in the Mathematics Department, it is required that students have a grade of C or better in the prerequisite course to enroll in the next course.
  • Note 3. A student should complete any required developmental courses (MA101 or MA102) within the first 60 semester hours of course work. MA090 and MA095 are no longer offered.
  • Note 4.The following mathematics courses meet the Logical Systems requirement: MA118, MA123, MA134, MA155, MA138, MA139, MA140, and MA145. In addition, PL120 (Symbolic Logic) will meet the Logical Systems requirement. Comments and comparisons follow:

    MA134 College Algebra includes significant coverage of specific algebraic skills and understandings needed in higher courses, and involves a certain amount of abstract thinking. MA134 is a prerequisite for several other mathematics courses and for some courses in other departments – e.g., Accounting 221, Economics 215, Physics 120.

    MA123 Survey of Mathematics is a liberal arts approach to mathematics.

    MA155 Statistical Reasoning is an introduction to statistical literacy. MA123 and MA155 are not prerequisites for any other course.

    MA118 Mathematics I is for certain education majors, and non-education majors are not admitted. PL120 Symbolic Logic I is taught in the Department of Philosophy.

    MA134 is not designed to be a terminal course, but rather to prepare students for other courses; by contrast, MA123 and MA155 are designed specifically as terminal courses, to provide students with more immediate applications, more directly relevant ideas and less abstraction than MA134. Students who are very sure that they will take only one more mathematics course would do well, in general, to take MA155 or MA123 instead of MA134. MA134 is still the best course for people who are considering more mathematics courses, for those unsure of their major, for those who might be transferring to another university, or for those who may consider graduate studies in the future. The Mathematics Department recommends to students that they check with their major advisors before choosing MA123 or MA155 over MA134.

    Finally, if a student places directly into MA138 Discrete Mathematics, MA139 Applied Calculus, MA140 Calculus I, or MA145 Calculus II, and earns a passing grade, that student has fulfilled the Logical Systems requirement.

    The descriptions from the Undergraduate Bulletin of the five courses satisfying the Logical Systems requirement:

    • MA134. College Algebra. Includes the study of functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and the binomial theorem.
    • MA155. Statistical Reasoning. Introduces statistical ideas to students, enabling student to deal critically with statistical arguments, and gain an understanding of the impact of statistical ideas on public policy and in other areas of academic study.
    • MA123. Survey of Mathematics. Provides a sampling of topics which mixes mathematics history, its mathematicians, and its problems with a variety of real-life applications.
    • MA118. Mathematics I. Provides an introduction to problem solving strategies, sets, whole numbers and their operations and properties, number theory, numeration systems, computer usage, informal geometry, and the historical significance and applications of these topics in the K-9 mathematics curriculum. For students who have declared an education major in elementary, early childhood, exceptional child, middle school, or secondary mathematics.
    • PL120. Symbolic Logic I. A formal study of argument and inference, emphasizing the application of symbolic techniques to ordinary language.

    Any questions about math placement issues should be directed to the Department of Mathematics at 651-2164.

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