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Mathematics Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


MTH 085 - Basic Mathematics (2, 2)

This course is designed for students whose background is insufficient for General Mathematics. A major focus of the course is to develop number sense; therefore, calculators are not permitted. Topics include basic operations with whole numbers, place value and rounding, order of operations, prime and composite numbers, prime factorization, and applications.

MTH 091 - General Mathematics (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MTH 085 with a grade of "C" or above, or qualifying score on the Placement test

This course is designed for students with little background in mathematics. A major focus of the course is to develop number sense; therefore, calculators are not permitted. Topics include a review of whole number arithmetic, fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, and percent. An introduction to statistics will be covered if time permits. Solving word problems is emphasized.

MTH 093 - Pre-Algebra (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MTH 091 with a grade of "C" or above, or qualifying score on the Placement test

Since a deep understanding of arithmetic is required to prepare students for algebra, calculators are not permitted. Topics include signed numbers, arithmetic and algebraic fractions, decimals, percents, exponents, polynomials, linear equations and an introduction to graphing.

MTH 095 - Elementary Algebra (4, 4)

Prerequisite: MTH 093 with a grade of "C" or above, or qualifying score on the Placement test

Elementary concepts of algebra will be covered, including linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and linear systems; operations and polynomials; factoring; graphing linear equations; slope; introduction to unctions; appropriate word problems. This course is available online.

MTH 096 - Elementary Geometry (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MTH 093 with a grade of "C" or above, or a qualifying score with Placement into MTH 095 or better

An introductory course in geometry. Topics covered include Euclidean axioms and theorems, proofs, points and lines, quadrilaterals and other polygons, circles, area and perimeter, and similarity

MTH 097 - Essential Intermediate Algebra (4, 4)

Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra and qualifying score on the Placement Test, OR one year of high school algebra and a grade of A in MTH 093, OR MTH 095 with a grade of C or above.

This course will provide students with the algebraic background necessary for MTH 115 or MTH 126. Qualifying students should have no other math requirements for their degree or major. This course is not a prerequisite for MTH 165 or MTH 145. Topics include fundamental algebraic properties; expressions, equations, and inequalities; linear, quadratic, radical, rational, and exponential functions; set theory; 2x2 linear systems; applications. Scientific calculator required.

MTH 100 - Intermediate Algebra (4, 4)

Not intended as a college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra and qualifying score on the Placement test or MTH 095 with a grade of C or above

This course is a continuation of elementary algebra. Topics include functions and graphs, rational expressions, radicals, quadratic equations and functions, complex numbers, inequalities, and appropriate applications. This course is available online.

MTH 103 - Fundamentals of Mathematics (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MTH 095 with a grade of "C" or above, or a qualifying score on the Placement test

Topics include numeration systems, sets, the real number system, variables, graphing, logic, probability, descriptive statistics, and geometry.

MTH 106 - Technical Mathematics I, Algebra and Trigonometry (5, 5)

Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the Placement test, or MTH 096 and MTH 100 with grades of "C" or above

Applications to technologies stressed. Review of algebra and geometry; linear equations; graphs; exponents and radicals; exponential and logarithmic functions; study of trigonometry, including trigonometric functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, triangle solutions and vectors. A graphing calculator is required, model TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 111 - Technical Mathematics II, Analytic Geometry and Calculus (5, 5)

Prerequisite: MTH 106 or MTH 165 and MTH 167 with grades of "C" or above

Theory and development of higher degree equations, determinants, sequences and series; analytic geometry; basic statistics; introduction to calculus; emphasis on applications. A graphing calculator is required.

MTH 115 - General Education Mathematics  (IAI: M1904) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or MTH 097 with a C or above or qualifying score on the Placement test, and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096

This course, for non-science majors, is designed to provide a strong background and an appreciation for advanced mathematics. Four of the following topics (geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic/set theory, mathematics of finance, game theory, linear programming, and statistics) will be studied in depth. Problem solving skills will be developed; a scientific calculator will be required. This course is available online.

MTH 126 - Fundamentals of Statistics  (IAI: M1902) (3, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 100 or MTH 097 with a grade of C or above or qualifying score on the Placement test, and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096

An introductory course designed to provide students with an understanding of reasoning involved in a statisticians approach to a wide variety of problems. The student will be given hands-on experience with data collection and analysis. This course is intended as a general education mathematics course, and is not intended for business and mathematics majors. Graphing calculator is required, model TI-83 or 84 preferred. This course is available online.

MTH 145 - Math Concepts and Structures I (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 100 with a grade of C or above or a qualifying score on the Placement test and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096

An introductory content-oriented course for elementary school teachers: NOT a methods course. Topics include problem solving, set theory, numeration systems, number theory, ratio and proportion, integers, rational numbers and the real number system, functions and their graphs. The understanding of algorithms is emphasized. A scientific calculator is required.

MTH 146 - Math Concepts & Structures II  (IAI: M1903) (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 145 with a grade of "C" or above and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096

A continuation of MTH 145. Topics include probability, statistics, informal geometry, measurement, congruency and similarity, Euclidean constructions, and coordinate geometry. A scientific calculator is required.

MTH 161 - Finite Mathematics  (IAI: M1906) (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 165 with a grade of "C" or above, or a qualifying score on the Placement test and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096.

Designed for students not majoring or minoring in mathematics, this course will present an introduction to mathematical topics with applications to business, economics, social science and biology. Functions and graphs, sets, matrix theory and operations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear programming, counting techniques, probability and mathematics of finance will be covered. Markov chains and game theory may be covered, time permitting. A graphing calculator is required, model TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 165 - College Algebra (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the Placement test or MTH 100 with a grade of C or above and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096. (Grade of B in MTH 100 is recommended.)

This course emphasizes a graphical approach to college algebra. Topics include linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices. Applications and data analysis will be emphasized. Graphing calculator required, TI-83 or 84 preferred. This course is available online.

MTH 167 - Plane Trigonometry (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the Placement test or MTH 165 with a grade of C or above or MTH 100 with a grade of B and successful completion of high school geometry or MTH 096, and concurrent enrollment in MTH 165

This course is designed to prepare students for work in fields requiring trigonometry. The trigonometric functions are developed both geometrically and analytically. Topics include triangle solutions, vectors, identities, graphing, trigonometric equations, polar coordinates, and complex numbers. Emphasis is placed on applications of the trigonometric function. A graphing calculator is required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 169 - Precalculus (5, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the Placement test or MTH 165 with a grade of "C" or above (grade of "B" or above in MTH 165 is recommended)

An intensive course designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include a review of function theory; trigonometry; conic sections; sequences and series; parametric equations; introduction to limits. Graphing calculator required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 170 - Discrete Mathematics  (IAI: CS915) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 161,165 or 169 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is an introduction to analysis of finite collections and mathematical foundations of sequential machines, computer system design, data structures and algorithms. Topics include sets, counting, recursion, graph theory, trees, nets, Boolean algebra, automata and formal grammars and languages.

MTH 180 - Calculus for Business and Social Science  (IAI: M1 900-B) (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 165 with a grade of "C" or above

This course is designed specifically for students in business and the social sciences with emphasis on applications of basic concepts rather than proof. Differentiation and integration of algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions, curve sketching, partial derivatives, Graphing calculator is required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 190 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  (IAI: M1 900-1 IAI: MTH 901) (5, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Qualifying score on the Placement test or MTH 169 with a grade of "C" or above required (Grade of "B" or above in MTH 169 recommended)

Basic terminology, limits, derivatives of algebraic and transcendental functions, antiderivatives, definite integrals, and applications. Graphing calculator required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 200 - Introduction to Linear Algebra (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 190 or MTH 180

Basic concepts of linear algebra and matrix theory. Emphasis on interpretation and development of computational tools. An introduction to abstract mathematical ideas. Topics include systems of linear equations, matrix operations, vectors and vector spaces, linear transformations, determinants and characteristic vectors. Graphing calculator required.

MTH 203 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  ((IAI: M1 900-2) (IAI: MTH 902)) (5, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 190 with a grade of "C" or above

More applications of the definite integral, derivatives and integrals involving exponential, logarithmic and inverse trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, infinite series, and conic sections. Graphing calculator is required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 204 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III  (IAI: M1 900-3 IAI: MTH 903) (5, 5)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 203 with a grade of "C" or above

Polar coordinates, two and three dimensional vectors, solid analytical geometry, partial differentiation, moments, multiple integration, vector analysis including Greens Theorem and Stokes Theorem. Graphing calculator is required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 205 - Differential Equations  (IAI: MTH 912) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 203 with a grade of "C" or above

Methods for classifying and solving differential equations and systems of differential equations. Applications relevant to physics, engineering and mathematics. This course provides a foundation for further work in mathematics. Graphing calculator required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.

MTH 211 - Introductory Statistics  (IAI: M1 902 IAI: BUS 901) (4, 4)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: MTH 165 or MTH 161 with grades of "C" or above, or a qualifying score on the Placement test

Methods of collection, presentation and interpretation of quantitative general, business and economic data. Other topics include averages, measures of variation, probability, sampling, interval estimation, tests of significance, linear regression and correlation and computer application for the analysis of data. A graphing calculator is required, TI-83 or 84 preferred.  Fee.

To assure the correct initial placement into the proper math course, new students are required to take the COMPASS test prior to registration.

An internet component may be required for some sections of math. Contact the Math Department for more information.

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