Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

At the University of Mount Union, students must demonstrate a proficiency in mathematics in order to fulfill the graduation requirements. In order to be deemed proficient in mathematics, a student must have developed the mathematical skills and concepts that are needed to reason quantitatively and to solve problems analytically. A student should be able to read newspapers, magazines, and other literature geared to the general public with a full understanding of graphs, data interpretation, percents, ratios, and the like.

A student proficient in mathematics will have a demonstrated aptitude in the general areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. These areas coincide with the areas of emphasis in the quantitative reasoning measure established by the Educational Testing Standards for the Graduate Record Exam.

All incoming students will be required to take the COMPASS test, a multiple choice exam developed by ACT that tests basic operations skills, knowledge of proper applications of those skills, and conceptual understandings of mathematical principles. A student will be deemed proficient in mathematics if they either

  1. earn a satisfactory score, as determined by the Department of Mathematics, on the COMPASS test, or
  2. receive credit for any one of the following courses: MTH120 (Precalculus), MTH121 (Data Analysis), MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math), MTH 141 (Calculus I), or MTH 142 (Calculus II).
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