Advising for General Mathematics
Mathematics Placement
Each incoming student is given a mathematics placement. This is based on test scores (ACT or SAT) and prior mathematics courses. For transfer students who have transfer credit for mathematics, placement is generally based on those courses.
Students may not register for a course in a level higher than that in which they placed. Students wishing to do so must pass the corresponding challenge exam to be administered by the mathematics faculty during Orientation week. Students may take courses at a lower level if it is necessary (such as MATH 207 for a student wanting or needing a statistics course, or MATH 221/223 for a student aspiring to teach elementary school).
Level  Mathematics Courses Eligible  Quant SAT or ACT  HS Math 

IV  227, 240 
AP Calculus AB Score or AB Subscore of 4 or 5 IB Mathematics HL score 5 or higher 

III  226  SAT 570 ACT 24  Three years w/ Trigonometry 
II  125, 207  SAT 530 ACT 21  Three years 
I  122, 165, 212, 221, 223  Any  Any 
Mathematics Core Requirement
Each student must pass with a C or higher one of
 Four semester hours of Mathematics numbered 165 or higher OR
 SOC 301 or PSY 350 (no longer offered)
Mathematics courses for Core
Course  Prerequisite  Intended Audience 

MATH 165  None  General 
MATH 207  MATH 122 or Place. II  Life sciences and social sciences 
MATH 212  Place. II  General 
MATH 221  None  Future elementary/middle school teachers 
MATH 223  None  Future elementary/middle school teachers 
MATH 226  MATH 125 or Place. III  Science, Math, Econ, PreMed, Other 
Math Placement/Prerequisite Flowchart
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General Advice on Core
 Students of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics or Economics and Premed students should complete at least MATH 226, Calculus I.
 Students who enter with credit for MATH 226 or 227 can register for MATH 240, which is prerequisite to most upperlevel mathematics courses.
 Students in Social Sciences, Biology, Environmental Science, Exercise Science or a related field and many prehealth professional students should complete MATH 207, General Elementary Statistics.
 Future K8 teachers should take both MATH 221 and MATH 223.
 Computer Science majors are required to complete MATH 240 (Discrete Mathematics), MATH 226 (Calculus I), and MATH 306 (Linear Algebra).
 Students not majoring in science or social science may be best served by completing MATH 165 (Modern Topics in Mathematics), or MATH 212 (Language and Logic).
 Students should take mathematics early so they do not forget their background in it.