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Mathematics Courses at Worcester State University


If you select appropriate mathematics courses, then you are much more likely to do well. It is difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in a mathematics course if you do not have the right foundation. This information is provided to help you select the most appropriate mathematics course.

Specific Courses:

1. Developmental Math: Arithmetic (MA 098) is a class-based review of Arithmetic.

Math Code 1 or higher is required.

2. Developmental Math: Elementary Algebra 
(MA 099) is a classroom-based review of Elementary Algebra. Math Code 1 or higher is required.

3. Survey of Mathematics (MA 105) addresses a variety of mathematics topics and is appropriate for students who do not have specific math requirements in their majors. The topics chosen rely less on a knowledge of Algebra. Math Code 3 or higher is required.
 

4. College Algebra (MA 110) is required by various majors. It provides you with the background needed for Pre-calculus and Business Calculus. Math Code 5 or higher is required.

5. Mathematical Concepts I; Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Teachers; and Mathematical Concepts II
(MA 130, 131 and 132) have been designed for Education majors, but any student may enroll. This does not mean that grade-school math is taught. Teaching is a challenging profession and these courses seek to provide you with the theoretical background to understand and teach a wide array of mathematical topics. Math Code 5 or higher is required.

6. Statistics
(MA 150) teaches you to make sense of data. This begins with a discussion of how to organize, summarize, analyze, and present data. Most of the course focuses on using data derived from samples to make inferences about populations. The concepts and procedures studied are applicable in such fields as Biology, Sociology, Psychology, Business and Economics. This course is required for several majors. Math Code 4 or higher is required.

7. Pre-calculus
(MA 190) provides you with the background needed for Calculus I. You must take College Algebra first or have a Math Code 6 or higher.

 

8. First-Year Seminar (MA 193) if chosen by a first-year student, a Math Code 5 or higher is required.

  

9. Calculus I (MA 200) is required for Mathematics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biology and Computer Science majors. It is a rigorous course that requires a strong mathematics background. Math Code 7 is required.

10. Business Calculus
(MA 202) requires a strong background in algebra. Calculus begins by addressing the issue of a rate of change. This can be anything from the rate of inflation to the rate at which an epidemic spreads. Since this course is required for Business majors, applications focus primarily on business and economics issues. You must take College Algebra first or have a Math Code 6 or higher.

11. Discrete Mathematics
(MA 220) is required for Computer Science majors. It is a rigorous course that requires a strong mathematics background. Math Code 7 is required.

Accuplacer and Developmental Mathematics
The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education requires testing of all state college and university students using the Accuplacer exam. You must either pass the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test, pass Developmental Mathematics: Elementary Algebra (MA 099), before enrolling in any mathematics course. The Accuplacer exam is taken before building your college schedule.

MA 098 and MA 099 are typically offered each semester (including intersession and summer.)


Many students do not want to take MA 098 or MA 099 because the credits do not count towards graduation. Often they will take a course that they are not prepared for at another institution and fail once, twice or even three times. With the necessary math background under their belts, they will be better prepared to succeed in their first college level math course.

If you are not confident in your mathematical ability, you will most likely delay taking your math requirements. This also makes things more difficult, since your background becomes weaker if you have not practiced your math skills in years.  Every student must complete a Math course within the first 60 credits.  Don't delay!
 

Math Scores and Codes
On the Arithmetic Test (AR) and Elementary Algebra Test (EA):
          Code 1: AR 0-74 & EA 0-81
          Code 2: AR 75-120 & EA 0-71
          Code 3: AR 75-81 & EA 72-81
          Code 4: AR 82-120 & EA 72-81
          Code 5: EA 82-120

On the College Level Math Test (CLM):
          Code 6: CLM 52-88
          Code 7: CLM 89-120

Math Codes and Math Classes
 

Code

Available Courses

Credits

Comments

1

MA 098:
Developmental Math: Arithmetic

3 remedial credits 

MA 098: Does not carry college credit towards graduation

MA 098: Does count towards full time student status

MA 098: A classroom-based course covering Arithmetic

2

MA 099:
Developmental Math: Elementary Algebra

 

3 remedial credits 

MA 099: Does not carry college credit towards graduation

MA 099: Does count towards full time student status

MA 099: A classroom-based course covering

Elementary Algebra

3

MA 105:
Survey of Math

3 college credits

If higher level math is required then

MA 099 must be taken

4

MA 150:
Statistics I

or

MA 105:
Survey of Math

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

If higher level math is required then

MA 099 must be taken

5

MA 110:
College Algebra

or

MA 130:
Math Concepts I

or

MA 150:
Statistics I

or

MA 105:
Survey of Math

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

If higher level math is required then

MA 110 is needed first.

6

MA 190:
Pre-calculus

or

MA 202:
Business Calculus

or

MA 110:
College Algebra

or

MA 130:
Math Concepts I

or

MA 150:
Statistics I

or

MA 105:
Survey of Math

4 college credits

 

4 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

If higher level math is required then

MA 190 is needed first.

7

MA 200:
Calculus I

or

MA 220:
Discrete Math I

or

MA 190:
Pre-calculus

or

 MA 202:
Business Calculus

or

MA 110:
College Algebra

or

MA 130:
Math Concepts I

or

MA 150:
Statistics I

or

MA 105:
Survey of Math

4 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

4 college credits

 

4 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

 

3 college credits

If higher level math is required then MA 200 is needed first.

 

 *Note: Completing and passing any option above must be done before enrolling into a college-level mathematics course at Worcester State University.

 
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