Math

The appropriate math course is determined by the student’s math placement level and intended major. The math level (PLML 0-6) reflects the course(s) the student is currently eligible to take.

  • Level 0: Students at level 0 have not completed placement testing and must work with the Placement Testing Office before they will be able to schedule any Math courses.
  • Level 1: Students at Level 1 can take either MAT105 – Math for Liberal Studies or MAT117A – Applied Statistics with Co-Requisite Support to satisfy their Quantitative General Education requirement. Students in majors that eventually require calculus should take MAT117A.
  • Level 2: Students at Level 2 can take MAT 105 – Math for Liberal Studies, MAT 107 – Mathematical Models Applied to Money, MAT 110 – Fundamentals of Mathematics I, or MAT 117A – Applied Statistics with Co-Requisite Support. Students should consult their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.
  • Level 3: Students at Level 3 can take MAT 105 – Math for Liberal Studies, MAT 107 – Mathematical Models Applied to Money, MAT 110 – Fundamentals of Mathematics I, MAT 117B – Applied Statistics B, or MAT140A – College Algebra (4 credits). Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.
  • Level 4: Students at Level 4 can take any of the Level 3 courses (except for MAT140A), or MAT140B – College Algebra (3 credits). Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.
  • Level 5: Students at Level 5 can take any of the Level 3 courses (except for College Algebra). Students at this level can also take MAT175 – Precalculus, MAT181 – Applied Calculus, or MAT217 – Statistics I. Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.
  • Level 6: Students at Level 6 can take any of the Level 5 courses (except for Precalculus). Students at this level can also take MAT211 – Calculus I. Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

Students with higher college testing scores (SAT-M and ACT) will be assigned a placement level between Level 4 and Level 6. If a student feels prepared for a higher level course, they can ask to be enrolled in the MyMathTest system to challenge their placement through the Office of Placement Testing (testing@ship.edu). This is a free, online option which focuses on review, as well as testing for placement.