General Education Course Descriptions

For course descriptions and prerequisites, see the Registrar's pages for the Bulletin Descriptions.

How to Choose a First Mathematics Course

Students should consult with their General Studies advisor when choosing a mathematics course. Be honest about what you are interested in when talking to your advisor. That way you'll get the best possible advice!

MAT 1010 -- Introduction to Math

This general education approved quantitative literacy course is designed for students NOT interested in science or business as majors, minors or career emphases. It covers applications of mathematics from algebra and geometry. Knowledge of high school algebra and geometry is assumed (with a little review for students who haven't had those subjects in a while).

So who takes 1010? Students majoring in art, communication, criminal justice, dance, elementary education, English, family and consumer science, foreign languages, health education, history, interdisciplinary studies, music, physical education, philosophy and religion, political science, psychology, sociology and social work, and theater.

Placement: Students must first pass the basic placement test or complete Developmental Mathematics (MAT 0010).

MAT 1020 -- College Algebra

This general education approved quantitative literacy course is designed for students who intend to major in a technical field other than math or science. This course covers linear, exponential, and power functions, right triangle trigonometry, and units and measurement -- skills needed in the technical fields. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed (with a brief review for students who haven't had those subjects in a while).

So who takes MAT 1020? Students majoring in technical fields such as exercise science, technology, industrial design, and nursing.

Placement: Students must first pass the basic placement test or complete Developmental Mathematics (MAT 0010).

MAT 1035 -- Business Mathematics with Calculus

This general education approved quantitative literacy course is strictly for students who are majoring in business, covering mathematics needed in business such as the algebra functions and expressions, data fitting, and calculus, all as applied in business.

So who takes MAT 1035? Students who are majoring in business.

Placement: Students must first pass the basic placement test or complete Developmental Mathematics (MAT 0010).

MAT 1110 -- Calculus I

This general education approved quantitative literacy course is required for computer science, math, statistics, and most biological and physical science majors. It covers functions and calculus with an emphasis on scientific applications. Knowledge of high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is assumed with minimal review. Students who feel that they need an extensive review in these areas are encouraged to take Math 1025 before calculus.

So who takes MAT 1110? Students who are majoring in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, and statistics. Some economics, geology, technology majors take MAT 1110 as well.

Placing into Calculus 1: Students who pass the placement test AND the calculus readiness test may enroll in MAT 1110. Students who do not do well on the calculus readiness test can choose to prep using the ALEKS website or enroll in MAT 1025 precalculus. For more information on ALEKS option, ask your general studies advisor or contact the Mathematical Sciences Department.