Preparatory Courses

The Preparatory courses described below will help you refresh your mathematics skills prior to taking an entry-level course.

The preparatory courses are self-support. You do not pay regular tuition for these courses; you only pay the fee noted in the schedule of classes. However, the credits for the preparatory course are added to your regular courses in determining full-time status for financial aid and other term-to-term purposes. These credits do not apply to the 180 minimum required to graduate, nor are these courses used in computing your cumulative SOU GPA.

These courses are:

Mth 60:
Appropriate for students who have been exposed to at least a semester of Algebra but, either due to time lapsed or difficulty with the subject matter, don't have a current mastery of the material.

Mth 65:
Appropriate for students who have a current mastery of the first year of Algebra and have been exposed to at least one semester of Geometry.

Mth 95:
Appropriate for students who have a current mastery of at least three semesters of Algebra and at least one semester of Geometry.

Transfer Students

Be sure to make an appointment with an academic advisor in the ACCESS Center. The advisor will evaluate your transfer courses and help you determine which general education courses you still need to complete.

General Education

If your primary reason for taking a mathematics course is to meet the quantitative general education requirement (or Strand D) then you should consider one of the following courses.

Mth 243 (Elementary Statistics):
An elementary survey of some mathematical techniques that are used throughout our society to interpret data and make decisions. This course is required for several majors and strongly recommended for some others.

EC 232 (Exploratory Data Analysis):
Learn how to deal with skewed data and how to apply them in real-world settings. Emphasizes the importance of understanding what is in the body of data before interpreting statistical summaries.

Elementary Education

Admission to the MAT program for early childhood/elementary or elementary/middle school authorizations will require you to complete the sequence: Mth 211, Mth 212, and Mth 213. This sequence covers the mathematical content underlying Elementary School Mathematics. Enroll in Math 211 after you successfully complete Math 95.

Completion of both Mth 211 and 212 will satisfy the quantitative general education requirement.

Scientific and Professional

If your interests or the programs you are considering involve more advanced Mathematics courses you should consider taking the precalculus sequence, Mth 111 and 112 or higher if you qualify.

Some specific programs requiring Mth 111, 112, or subsequent courses are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy (requires Mth 112)
  • PreDental and PreMed

You should also consider this track if you are interested in a graduate degree in fields such as Business, Geography, and Economics. Consult with your program advisor.

Most students in this category satisfy the quantitative general education requirement by taking either Mth 243 or Mth 251. Completion of Mth 111 and Mth 112 or appropriate placement score is required for admission to Mth 251.