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Mission of the General Studies Program

The General Studies program will encourage the habits of mind of an educated person that promote life-long learning. Students will acquire the essential knowledge and develop the critical skills that are of fundamental significance in a free society.


Structure of the General Studies Program

The General Studies program is structured around the following three goals:

  • Develop intellectual and practical skills
  • Explore essential knowledge, perspectives, and methods in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Understand the global interconnectedness of diverse individuals, communities and societies

To complete their General Studies Program, students must take approved courses that fulfill the distribution and credit requirements:

 

The approved Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) courses are:


Description:

MTH 1080 covers a wide range of topics such as probability theory and mortgages, and does not require as strong an algebra background as College Algebra or Finite Mathematics. It does not prepare the student for any further study of mathematics. This course is often taken by Humanities, Social Science, & Public Service Majors.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 2.50 or higher

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19 or higher 

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 72 or higher

  • General Mathematics Placement SCORE: 72 or higher

  • QAS Accuplacer SCORE: 240 or higher

  

COURSES

  • MAT 050 OR MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher

  • MAT 090 OR MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher

 

Students who need MTH 1080 but do not meet any of the prerequisites may instead take MTH 1081 with the corequisite lab MTH 1082 (no prerequisites required). A passing grade in MTH 1081 is equivalent to a passing grade in MTH 1080 and satisfies the Quantitative Literacy requirement for General Studies. 

 

Description:

This College Algebra sequence is designed for those wishing to major in such areas as: Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Criminalistics (Forensics), Geology, Meteorolgy, Physics, or Surveying. A student who took trigonomentry, precalculus or calculus in high school may not need to start out in this sequence and should talk to an advisor in the Mathematics Department so as to not retake material previously learned. When followed by a Trigonometry course, the Stretch College Algebra sequence leads to the Calculus sequence. Some students may wish to take Precalculus or Calculus instead of College Algebra and Trigonometry. 

Entrance Requirements for MTH 1108:

This is the first course in the Stretch College Algebra Sequence

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19-21 

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460-499

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500-529

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 45 or higher **

  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 210-229

       

COURSE

  • MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher **

  • MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher **

 

** May require an override.  Please contact Academic Advising (SSB 170) or the M&CS Department office (SI 1022).

 

Entrance Requirements for MTH 1109:

This is the second course in the Stretch College Algebra Sequence and is meant for students needing to take Calculus I in the future.  Students must complete MTH 1109 to get Quantitative Literacy credit.

COURSE

  • MTH 1108 GRADE: C- or higher 

Description:

College Algebra for Calculus is designed for those wishing to major in such areas as: Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Criminalistics (Forensics), Geology, Meteorology, Physics, or Surveying. A student who took trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus in high school may not need to start out in this course and should talk to an advisor in the Mathematics Department so as to not retake material previously learned. When followed by a Trigonometry course, College Algebra for Calculus leads to the Calculus sequence. Some students may wish to take Pre-calculus or Calculus instead of College Algebra and Trigonometry. For more information, click on: Pre-calculus & Calculus

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 27 or higher
  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  590 or higher
  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 610 or higher
  • College Level Math Accuplacer SCORE: 45 or higher
  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 245 or higher

Description:

College Algebra for Calculus with Lab is designed for those wishing to major in such areas as: Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Criminalistics (Forensics), Geology, Meteorology, Physics, or Surveying. When followed by a Trigonometry course, College Algebra for Calculus with Lab leads to the Calculus sequence.  College Algebra for Calculus with lab is to be taken with the corequisite College Algebra Laboratory MTH 1101. A passing grade in MTH 1111 is equivalent to a passing grade in MTH 1112 and satisfies the Quantitative Literacy requirement for General Studies. Some students may wish to take Pre-calculus instead of College Algebra and Trigonometry. For more information, click on: Pre-calculus

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 22 or higher
  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  500 or higher
  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 530 or higher
  • College Level Math Accuplacer SCORE (CLM): 20-44
  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 90 or higher 
  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 230 or higher 

COURSES 

  • MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher 
  • MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher 

 

Description:

College Algebra Through Modeling is designed for those wishing to major in the sciences where Calculus will not be required (e.g. Biology or Aviation). Instead of preparing a student for calculus, this course covers the use of mathematics as applied to "real-world" problems. A student may take Trigonometry after MTH 1112 but will be required to take Precalculus (MTH 1400) before continuing on to Calculus I.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 24 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  560 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 580 or higher
  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 100 or higher
  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 235 or higher

 

Description:

College Algebra Through Modeling with Lab is designed for those wishing to major in the sciences where Calculus will not be required (e.g. Biology or Aviation). Instead of preparing a student for calculus, this course covers the use of mathematics as applied to "real-world" problems. College Algebra Through Modeling with Lab is to be taken with the corequisite College Algebra Through Modeling Laboratory MTH 1116. A passing grade in MTH 1115 is equivalent to a passing grade in MTH 1112 and satisfies the Quantitative Literacy requirement for General Studies. A student may take Trigonometry after MTH 1115 but will be required to take Precalculus (MTH 1400) before continuing on to Calculus I.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19-23 

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460-559

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500-579

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 85-99

  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 220-234

 

COURSES 

  • MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher**

  • MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher**

 

** Requires an override.  Please contact Academic Advising (SSB 170) or the M&CS Department office (SI 1022).

 

Description:

Introduction to Statistics teaches students about statistics and how to handle data. In this course the student learns to use computer software to perform statistical tests and to display statistical data. In addition, students create a small statistical project. Previously some students have done projects comparing the predicted temperature on TV to the actual temperature or have compared merchandise prices between different stores. This class is highly useful to those students who major in areas that make heavy use of statistics such as the social sciences and the biological sciences.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 3.00 or higher

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 72 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 45-71 AND Arithmetic Accuplacer SCORE:  75 or higher

  • General Mathematics Placement SCORE: 72 or higher

  • QAS Accuplacer SCORE: 240 or higher

 

COURSES 

  • MTH 1080 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1109 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1110 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1112 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1610 GRADE: C- or higher

  • MAT 090 OR MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher

  • MAT 050 OR MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher

 

Description:

Finite Math is designed for those wishing to major in such areas as: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, & Marketing. This course contains a potpouri of topics designed to prepare Business majors for the required courses they must take in the business area.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 24 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  560 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 580 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 100 or higher

  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 235 or higher

 

Description:

Finite Math is designed for those wishing to major in such areas as: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, & Marketing. This course contains a potpouri of topics designed to prepare Business majors for the required courses they must take in the business area. Finite Math with Lab is to be taken with corequisite Finite Math Laboratory MTH 1312. A passing grade in MTH 1311 is equivalent to a passing grade in MTH 1310 and satisfies the Quantitative Literacy requirement for General Studies.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS     Must have been completed within the last five years

  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19-23 

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460-559 

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500-579

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 85-99

  • AAF Accuplacer SCORE: 220-234

 

COURSES 

  • MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher**

  • MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher**

 

** Requires an override.  Please contact Academic Advising (SSB 170) or the M&CS Department office (SI 1022).

 

Description:

This Class was once known as Mathematics for the Elementary School Teacher. This class is taken not only by those who plan to teach elementary school, but also may be taken by those who plan to teach any subject in Middle School or in High School.

Entrance Requirements:

ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

PLACEMENT TESTS:  Must have been completed within the last five years

  • HIGH SCHOOL GPA: 2.5 or higher
  • ACT TEST SCORE: 19 or higher 

  • SAT TEST SCORE Prior to March 2016:  460 or higher

  • SAT TEST SCORE After March 2016: 500 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 72 or higher

  • Elementary Algebra Accuplacer SCORE: 45-71 AND Arithmetic Accuplacer SCORE:  75 or higher

  • QAS Accuplacer SCORE: 240 or higher

 

COURSES

  • MTH 1080 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1109 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1110 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1112 GRADE: C- or higher 

  • MTH 1210 GRADE: C- or higher

  • MAT 090 OR MAT 099 GRADE: C- or higher

  • MAT 050 OR MAT 055 GRADE: C- or higher

 

OR Documented acceptance into the Elementary Education Masters Program or a Post-Bac licensure program

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