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Mathematics Proficiency

A graduate of the University of Mount Union must demonstrate a proficiency in mathematics. 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 he or she either

  • earns a satisfactory score, as determined by the Department of Mathematics, on the COMPASS test, or
  • receives 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). 

Mathematics Placement
The COMPASS test will place the student into one of four levels.  The following course sequences will be required to meet the mathematics proficiency component of general education for levels 1, 2, and 3.  Students testing into Level 4 will already have met the mathematics proficiency requirement. 

  1. Level 1 Students:  MTH 100 (Intermediate Algebra) and then one of the following options:
    1. MTH 121 (Data Analysis), or
    2. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 120 (Precalculus), or
    3. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    4. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)

  2. Level 2 Students:  Must complete one of the four options:
    1. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 120 (Precalculus), or
    2. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), or
    3. MTH 105 (College Algebra) and MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math), or
    4. MTH 121 (Data Analysis).

  3. Level 3 Students:  Must complete any one of the following options:
    1. MTH 120 (Precalculus)
    2. MTH 121 (Data Analysis)
    3. MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    4. MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)

  4. Level 4 Students:  Mathematics Proficiency Requirement completed.  If further mathematics courses are required or desired, then any of the following courses may be taken:  MTH 120 (Precalculus), MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics), MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math),  MTH 141 (Calculus I), MTH 142* (Calculus II), or MTH 241* (Calculus III).

*Students who already have earned credit for Calculus I and/or Calculus II only, or permission of the Department of Mathematics.