math placement

Placement into mathematics courses is based on a student's intended major and his/her performance in math in high school. For the purpose of placement, students should be considered to have successfully completed a high school math course with a grade of B- or better. The following are guidelines for the minimal student placement into math courses. Advisers should recommend that students especially strong in math take a higher level than the minimal requirement.

Business Administration, Community and Environmental Studies, Nursing, or Psychology

  • Required: MAT 220 Introduction to Statistics or any 200 level mathematics course.

  • Students who have successfully completed at least 3 years of high school math should take MAT 220.

  • If not, students should take MAT 122 before taking MAT 220. (MAT 122 serves better as an introduction to the topics of MAT 220 than does MAT 123.)

Biology

  • Required: MAT 220 Introduction to Statistics, or MAT 221 Calculus I

  • Students who have successfully completed at least 3 years of high school math should have the necessary preparation for MAT 220. Students who have successfullycompleted at least 4 years of high school mathematics should have the necessary preparation for MAT 221.

  • Students who want to take MAT 220, but have not successfully completed at least 3 years of high school math, should take MAT 122 before taking MAT 220. (MAT 122 serves better as an introduction to the topics of MAT 220 than does MAT 123.)

  • Students who want to take MAT221, but have not successfully completed at least 4 years of high school math should take MAT 123 as preparation for MAT 221. (This will also allow students to prepare for Chemistry and Physics courses.

Exercise and Sport Sciences, Athletic Training or Exercise Science Programs

  • Required: MAT 123 College Algebra or a higher level mathematics course.

  • Students who have successfully completed at least 4 years of high school mathematics should register for either MAT 212 or MAT 221 (see MAT 221 guidelines below)

  • Students who have successfully completed at least 3 years of high school mathematics should take MAT 123 or MAT 220.

  • Students who have successfully completed less than 3 years of high school mathematics, or with especially weak mathematics skills should take MAT 122 before taking MAT 123.

Undeclared Majors

  • Required: Math 122 or a higher level math course

  • Students who have successfully completed less than 3 years of high school math should take MAT 122.

  • Students who have successfully completed three years of high school mathematics should take MAT 123 or MAT 220 according to their level of preparation and interests.

  • Students who have successfully completed 4 or more years of high school mathematics should take MAT 212 or MAT 221 according to their level of preparation and interests.

Students wishing to take MAT 221 Calculus

Students should be adequately prepared to take MAT 221 if they have successfully completed a calculus course in high school, or if they have completed a year-long pre-calculus course with a grade of B or better. Otherwise students should take MAT 212 before taking MAT 221.

Advisers should also take note of the following points:

  • This set of guidelines is just that, a set of guidelines. It is possible that a student may be better served by a different method than what is suggested above. If any special circumstances arise regarding the mathematics placement, please allow any full-time mathematics faculty members to assist you.

  • Students who have taken a calculus course in high school should be strongly encouraged not to take a Colby-Sawyer 100-level math course.

  • Students should be made aware that if they anticipate doing graduate work in Business Administration, Biology, or Exercise and Sport Sciences, a year of calculus may be required. In addition, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is being revised so that most students in these fields will take a GRE General Examination that requires one year of calculus.