Advising Students: Entry Level Mathematics Course
Department of Mathematics
Last updated February 1, 2012
Each student must complete 3 hours in Area A2. The following courses will satisfy this requirement:
MATH 1001 Quantitative Skills and Reasoning: This course is an alternative in Area A of the Core Curriculum and is not intended to supply sufficient algebraic background for students who intend to take Precalculus or the calculus sequences for mathematics and science majors. This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representatives, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined.
MATH 1101 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling: Prerequisite: Four years of high school mathematics. Students who have completed a course in calculus in high school with a grade of B or better may not enroll for credit in this course without permission of the chair of the Department of Mathematics. This course is an introduction to mathematical modeling using graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal techniques to describe and explore real world phenomena. Emphasis is on the use of elementary functions to investigate and analyze applied problems and questions, supported by the use of appropriate technology, and on effective communication of quantitative concepts and results.
MATH 1111 College Algebra: This course is a symbolically intensive, functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Appropriate applications will be included. Please visit the following two links for more information about this course:
MATH 1113 Precalculus: Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in MATH 1111 or equivalent. This course is designed to prepare students for calculus, physics, and related technical subjects. Topics include an intensive study of algebraic and transcendental functions accompanied by analytic geometry.
MATH 1114 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry: Prerequisite: Four years of high school mathematics. Topics covered will include the basic trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, triangles, the law of sines and the law of cosines. Also covered are the conic sections and their graphs. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 1113 and MATH 1114.
MATH 1261 Calculus I: Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 1113 or MATH 1114 or an average of B or better in four years of high school mathematics including a course in trigonometry or permission of the instructor. This course introduces the fundamental concepts of calculus: limits, continuity, differentiation, transcendental functions, and Riemann Integration. Applications of these topics are included.
Please follow the guidelines below with regard to the choice of one of these courses. These guidelines represent general guidance from the Department of Mathematics with regard to placing students into Area A math courses. A few departments might have some guidelines which differ from these recommendations. In such cases, we recommend contacting your POUNCE advisor for clarification.
I. Students Whose Major Requires MATH 1261 Calculus I or MATH 1113 Precalculus
Recommended Area A course: MATH 1261 Calculus I, MATH 1113 Precalculus, or MATH 1111 College Algebra*. See the bullet points below to determine which of these courses is appropriate:
Students who have taken calculus should take MATH 1261 Calculus I. If you took AP Calculus and received a score of 4 or higher on the Calculus AB Advanced Placement Exam, then you might want to consider taking MATH 1262 Calculus II
Students who have not taken calculus but who have completed any of the following courses [Algebra III, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Math 4, Accelerated Math 3] with a grade of B or higher should take MATH 1261 Calculus I. If your grade was C or lower, then you should take MATH 1113 Precalculus
Students who have not taken any of the following courses: [Algebra III, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Math 4] but who have completed [Algebra II or Math 3] with a grade of B or higher should take MATH 1113 Precalculus. If your grade was C or lower, then you should take MATH 1111 College Algebra*
*According to USG policy, the following majors: [Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science] require MATH 1113 Precalculus or higher in Area A, and so for these majors, MATH 1111 College Algebra will not satisfy the Area A requirement. Therefore, MATH 1111 College Algebra should be taken only if the student is not ready for MATH 1113 Precalculus.
II. Students Whose Major Does Not Require MATH 1261 Calculus I or MATH 1113 Precalculus, but which does require MATH 2600 Probability and Statistics
Recommended Area A course: Any Area A course. If you think that, at some point, you might switch to a major which falls into category I above, then you might wish to consider the guidelines discussed in that category.
III. Students Whose Major Does Not Require Any Additional Math Beyond the Core
Recommended Area A course: Any Area A course
Recommended Area D course: MATH 2400 Introduction to Mathematical Thought
If you think that, at some point, you might switch to a major which falls into either category I or II above, then you might wish to consider the guidelines discussed in those categories.