Options AFTER Placement Testing

Math

The appropriate math course is determined by the student’s math placement level and intended major. The math level (PLML 1-6) reflects the course(s) the student is currently eligible to take.

MAT050: Developmental Mathematics – Student with Math Level 1 (all programs) or Math Level 2 (students in calculus-required majors including Biology, Business (all majors), Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering (all types), Mathematics, Middle-Level Education majors, and Physics). Students in calculus-required majors and Psychology majors at Level 1 should take MAT050 in their first semester. Students in other majors should do so by the fall or spring of their second year. Students needing MAT050 have three options:

  1. Remediate prior to arrival to Shippensburg University by successful completion (with a “C grade or better) of a developmental math course. Equivalent courses are available through the Admissions website.
  2. Independently work through an online review system to prepare for a waiver exam to improve their placement level. Students interested in this option should email tesing@ship.edu (from their SU email account) requesting to be enrolled in the “Waiver Exam.”
  3. Take Developmental Mathematics (MAT 050) during the regular academic year at SU.

MAT140 A/B: College Algebra - prerequisite for MAT175: Precalculus and MAT 181: Applied Calculus. 140A (4 credit) & 140B (3 credit) are the same course taught at different paces.

  • Students who take MAT140A do not take 140B
  • Students in majors that do not require Algebra, Applied Calculus, or Calculus are encouraged NOT take MAT140A/B.

MAT211: Calculus – required programs All majors in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics require MAT211. In addition, Economics with Mathematics Concentration requires MAT211, and Middle-Level Education requires MAT175: Precalculus or MAT211. Any student (regardless of major) who is considering a minor in mathematics should also take MAT211. Students who are below Level 6 must take MAT175 as a prerequisite for MAT211. Students who are below Level 5 must take MAT140: College Algebra as a prerequisite for MAT175.

MAT181: Applied Calculus – required programs All majors in the College of Business and majors in Economics take MAT181. Students who are below Level 5 must take MAT140: College Algebra as prerequisite.

Other programs – Recommended for majors that do not require Algebra, Applied Calculus, or Calculus. Note that some programs recommend or specifically require MAT117: Applied Statistics.

2017 Math Flow Chart

Math Level 1 Information and Options

Math Level 2 Information and Options

Math Level 3 Information

Math Level 4 Information and Options

Math Level 5 Information and Options

Math Level 6 Information

If you are interested in completing a remedial course prior to your arrival at Shippensburg University, Please complete the

Intent to Complete Developmental Coursework Form

English

Your placement for English will be available to you on MyShip Portal as soon as your essay has been read and scored (1, 3, or 4)

(1) ENG113:Introduction to Academic Writing -This is an introductory writing course designed to increase students' writing proficiency to the level required in ENG114, a course that fulfills the General Education writing requirement. ENG113 focuses on the writing process and provides an introduction to the kinds of critical and analytical writing that will be required to ENG114. Students will read and respond to a variety of texts and strengthen their ability to develop a clear and focused argument. Particular attention is paid to essential writing skills, such as the ability to generate ideas, create a clear and focused argument, develop focused paragraphs, use sources and create error-free sentences. There will also be a sustained focus on grammar and usage so that students are better prepared for the rigor of ENG114.

(3) ENG114:Writing Intensive First-Year Seminar (WIFYS) - Introduces thought provoking texts and subjects. Assists students in developing four basic skills:writing, reading, discussion, and critical-thinking. Students learn to communicate more effectively as writers and learn to read, discuss, and think more deeply and successfully. Introduces some university resources, such as the library and the Learning Center. Assists in making the transition from high school to the university by providing a small, interactive writing intensive course. Students are assigned to ENG114 on the basis of their performance on the SATs, Placement Testing or after successful completion of ENG113.

(4) ENG115:Advanced Placement Writing - Provides well-prepared students with enhanced course work in writing effective essays in accordance with a process model of pre-writing, drafting, peer reviewing, revising, editing, and proofreading, as well as sophisticated rhetorical analysis of audience, form, and content. Students compose some writing from print, non-print and on-line sources, using such appropriate documentation formats as Modern Language Association (MLA) format for essays in the humanities. Students are assigned to ENG115 instead of ENG114 on the basis of their performance on the SAT or Placement Testing.

If you are interested in completing a remedial course prior to your arrival at Shippensburg University, Please complete the Completion of Developmental Coursework Form

Reading - Townsend College Preparatory Reading Test

Score 80 or above

You have PASSED the Townsend College Preparatory Reading Test and will not be required to take RDG050:Developmental Reading and Study Skills. In addition, you will not be restricted to 12 credit hours your first semester.

Score of 79 or below

RDG050: Developmental Reading Course

You scored at the developmental level on The Townsend College Preparatory Reading Test. Please note that developmental courses do not count toward graduation. Because reading is so important to college success, all students are encouraged to resolve this developmental placement before arriving on campus in August.

If you choose not to take a necessary Developmental Reading course before starting at Ship, you will be scheduled for RDG050: Developmental Reading and Study Skills your first semester. Your schedule may be restricted to 9 college level credits.

NOTE: Your first semester you will be a full-time student with 12 credits (3cr – RDG 050 plus 9cr college level) but ONLY the 9 college level credits will count towards graduation.

For many students, a developmental placement may be satisfied via coursework during the summer at their local community college. For a list of equivalent courses available at other colleges, please contact mcmurphy@ship.edu.

If you take a course at your local community college

  1. YOU MUST contact the Shippensburg University Placement/Testing Center office at (717) 477-1014 or mcmurphy@ship.edu for equivalent course at local college and prior approval.
  1. YOU MUST complete the course and earn a “C” or better

  2. YOU MUST have an official transcript sent to the Shippensburg University Admissions Office, at least, two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester.

If you are interested in completing a remedial course prior to your arrival at Shippensburg University, Please complete the

Intent to Complete Developmental Coursework Form