Planning for the Core Curriculum
Congratulations on completing High School and starting this new phase of your education! The question we want to help you answer today is which math course you should take your first semester and how to know whether you are qualified to take it. Depending on which courses you need to take there are two basic sets of entry requirements as given below. Below is a list of majors and the first semester mathematics courses are required for them.
Math, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering:
- You must take Calculus I (Math 2413).
- In order to register for it, you must satisfy requirement 2 (see requirements). For most this will mean taking a 1 hour trigonometry placement test or completing MATH 1316 -- Trigonometry in order to qualify for Calculus I.
- A web site with more information about the trigomometry placement exam, sample tests and study guides can be found at here. A passing score is defined to be 70%, which is 13 out of 18 questions.
- It is assumed that all students enrolling in Calculus I are proficient in algebra. If you are a bit rusty and would like to brush up on your algebra skills, you are advised to enroll in MATH 1314: College Algebra and MATH 1316: Trigonometry prior to enrolling in Calculus I.
Liberal Arts Majors: Communication, Fine Arts, Humanities (English, History and Spanish), Social Sciences (Criminal Justice, Political Science and Sociology) and Health & Kinesiology:
- We recommend you take Contemporary Math I & II (Math 1332 & 1333) to satisfy your core. These courses are specifically designed with you in mind. That is, they are for majors which do not require any specific mathematical knowledge. As a result, the topics in these courses are chosen to be interesting and relevant, requiring only basic skills from High School mathematics courses.
- There are other options (discuss with your advisor), but the above courses are strongly recommended.
- In order to register for one of these you must satisfy requirement 1 (see requirements).
- If you are uncertain that you want one of the above majors, be aware that many other majors require specific math courses, and these two classes may not satisfy those requirements.
Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management, Computer Information Systems:
- You must take Mathematics for Business and Economics I (Math 1324). In order to register for it, you must satisfy requirement 1.
Technology, Nursing, Applied Arts and Sciences, Human Resource Development:
- You must take College Algebra (Math 1314). In order to register for it, you must satisfy requirement 1.
- In order to take MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, or 1332 -- You must meet at least one of the following prerequisites:
- Score of 270 on mathematics portion of THEA, or a score of 500 on the mathematics portion of the SAT, or a score of 21 on the mathematics portion of the ACT.
- Grade of C or above in Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0303). See #3 below.
- Passing score on the pre-Algebra test administered by the mathematics department at the time of your advising appointment. It is recommended that you study for this! Students who do not meet the previous two requirements will be required to take the pre-Algebra test. Students who fail the pre-Algebra test will be required to take Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0303). We have set up a web page which has sample tests here.
- In order to take MATH 2413 -- You must meet at least one of the following prerequisites:
- A grade of C or better in a college Trigonometry class (MATH 1316 or equivalent) or in a Mathematics Department approved college level pre-calculus course (this is MATH 2412 in Texas but is not offered at UTT).
- Pass a trigonometry placement test administered by the Department of Mathematics at the time of your advising appointment. It is suggested that you study for this test. We have set up a web page which has a sample test and study guides here.
- Score of 675 or higher on the SAT (quantitative section) or 27 or higher on the ACT (math section).
- In order to register for Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0303) students must meet the following prerequisites:
- Score of 230 on the mathematics portion of the THEA, score of 470 or higher on the mathematics portion of the SAT, or a score of 18 or higher on the mathematics portion of the ACT.
- Students not meeting these conditions are referred to the local junior college to take MATH 0301 and/or MATH 0302.