Recommended Tracks

Through College Algebra, Pre-calculus, and Calculus

There are several different programs on campus that require students to take a series of pre-calculus and calculus courses. Sometimes students switch programs midway through the typical course sequence and need to be advised how to finish. Here are some possible tracks to calculus for students who must start in one of the courses that precede calculus.  All course descriptions may be found together here.  Students must get a C or higher in each course in order to go on to the next course listed.

Routes to Math 1260, Basic Calculus

1300 - 1260 for students who have had trigonometry and place into Math 1300.

1280 - 1260 for students who have had trigonometry and place into Math 1280

1220 - 1260 for students who have not had trigonometry but have fairly good algebra skills

99 - 1220 - 1260 for students who need more time with basic algebra skills

99 - 1220 - 1260 for students with weak algebra backgrounds

Recommended routes to Math 1310 or (1340 and 1350),

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

1280 - 1310 for the well-prepared, motivated, and mature student (these are both five-hour courses)

1280 - 1340 - 1350 for the well-prepared student who needs a less intense calculus course spread over two semesters

1220 - 1300 - 1340 - 1350 for a student who does extremely well in 1220 and is anxious to make an agressive run through precalculus (Math 1300).

1220 - 1280 - 1340 - 1350 for the typical student who places into Math 1220.  Math 1280 is a five-hour course, but only three of those hours count toward graduation because of the overlap with 1220.  For most students in Math 1220, Math 1280 will be a better choice than Math 1300 because it covers roughly the same topics but meets two additional times per week.  It contributes the same number of hours toward graduation as 1300.

99 - 1220 - 1280 - 1340 - 1350 for students who place into Math 1210.  This is a long sequence of courses, but our experience has shown that skipping any course in the sequence works poorly.  Students who want to shorten this sequence of courses may choose to study independently or with a private tutor and re-take the placement test to try to skip over a course. 

99 - 1220 - 1280 - 1340 - 1350 for students who begin with weak algebra backgrounds.