Course Descriptions

General Information for Mathematics Courses

For course descriptions and prerequisites, see the catalog description of courses.

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 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), and passing the math placement test is required.

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.

Note: Non-technical majors who want to minor in business or science need to take a different math course depending on their minor.

MAT 1020 -- College Algebra

This course is designed for students who intend to take Business Calculus, but want to improve their algebra skills first. This course covers standard subjects in college algebra such as functions and expressions, linear, quadratic and rational expressions, and financial formulas. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed (with a brief review for students who haven't had those subjects in a while).  Passing the math placement test is required.

So who takes MAT 1020? Students majoring in business who want to brush up on their algebra skills and other non-science majors who want a more traditional course than MAT 1010.

MAT 1025 -- Pre-Calculus

This course is strictly for students who need to take calculus, but don't feel ready yet. 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. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed (with a brief review for students who haven't had those subjects in a while). Passing the math placement test is required.

So who takes  MAT 1025? Students who want an intensive algebra and trigonometry course to prepare them for majoring in astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, math, physics, and statistics. Some economics, geology, technology majors take MAT 1025 as well.

MAT 1030 -- Business Calculus

This course is strictly for students who are majoring in business, and is required for admission to the College of Business, covering mathematics needed in business such as functions and expressions, data fitting, and calculus, all as applied in business. Knowledge of high school algebra is assumed. Passing the math placement test is required.

So who takes  MAT 1030? Students who are majoring in business and feel confident that their algebra skills are good.

MAT 1110 -- Calculus I

This course is required for computer science, math, statistics and 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. Passing the math placement test or developmental math is required.

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.

One last note.

Students who do not pass the placement test must take MAT 0010 before they are eligible for any of the math courses listed above. MAT 0010 Developmental Math is a remedial course the credit for which cannot be applied to graduation. Students must also pass  MAT 0010 before taking any course listed as ND -- numerical data intensive. Many science courses are ND. Students are encouraged to take and pass  MAT 0010 as early as possible in their studies; postponing MAT 0010 delays graduation. 

CONTACT

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

Department Chairperson
Dr. Mark C. Ginn
ginnmc@appstate.edu

Assistant Chairperson
Dr. Rick Klima
klimare@appstate.edu

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