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Mathematics Proficiency

Mathematics Proficiency

At the University of Mount Union, a proficiency in mathematics is required to graduate. The proficiency requirement is designed to help to ensure that you are an educated consumer of information. The goal is for you to be able to understand, to interpret, and to make conclusions based on quantitative data that might be presented through the media or that might be needed for your career and life success.

 

In order to be deemed proficient in mathematics, a student will have a demonstrated aptitude in the general areas of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis. A student must have developed the mathematical skills and concepts needed to reason quantitatively and to solve problems analytically. You will 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. These areas coincide with the areas of emphasis in the quantitative reasoning measure established by the Educational Testing Standards for the Graduate Record Exam.

 

Mathematics Placement
All incoming students will be assigned a math placement level determined by their ACT math or SAT math scores. Students who have no ACT math or SAT math scores will take a math placement test.

The math placement process will place the student into one of five levels: A, B, C, D, or E.

The following course sequences will be required to meet the mathematics proficiency component of general education for levels A, B, C, and D. Students placed into Level E will already have met the mathematics proficiency requirement.

Math Placement Levels

  1. Level A Students

    Must complete MTH 100 (Intermediate Algebra) and then one of the following options:

    • MTH 121 (Data Analysis)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 140 (Precalculus)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
  2. Level B Students

    Must complete one of the following options:

    • MTH 121 (Data Analysis)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 140 (Precalculus)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 105 (College Algebra) and then MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
  3. Level C Students

    Must complete one of the following options:

    • MTH 121 (Data Analysis)
    • MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
    • MTH 140 (Precalculus)
  4. Level D Students

    Must Complete one of the following options:

    • MTH 121 (Data Analysis)
    • MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
    • MTH 140 (Precalculus)
    • MTH 130 (Calculus Lab) and MTH 141 (Calculus I), taken concurrently
  5. Level E Students

    Mathematics Proficiency Requirement complete. If further mathematics courses are required or desired, then any of the following courses may be taken:

    • MTH 123 (Elementary Statistics)
    • MTH 125 (Elementary Discrete Math)
    • MTH 140 (Precalculus)
    • MTH 141 (Calculus I)
    • MTH 142* (Calculus II)
    • MTH 241* (Calculus III) 

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