Course Descriptions

General Information for Mathematics Courses

For course descriptions and prerequisites, see the Registar'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 to major in a techical 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 1025 -- Pre-Calculus

This course is strictly for students who need to take calculus, but don't feel ready yet. It is NOT a general education approved course. This course is a fast paced review of algebra and trigonometry, and everything in the course is chosen specifically based on its usefulness in calculus. 

So who takes  MAT 1025? Students who want an intensive algebra and trigonometry course to prepare them for taking MAT 1110 Calculus 1.  If you do not need to take calculus 1, you should not take MAT 1025.

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 1030? 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 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.

CONTACT

Mathematical Sciences
342 Walker Hall
121 Bodenheimer Dr
Boone, NC 28608
828-262-3050
828-265-8617 fax

Department Chairperson
Dr. Eric Marland
marlandes@appstate.edu

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima
klimare@appstate.edu

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