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Mathematics Department

Mathematics Department : FAQ


What is the difference between the Calculus-prep pathways (245/240 vs. 240/260) and which will better prepare me for Calculus?


Both Calculus pathways require Math 240 (Trigonometry). However the student has the choice between either taking Math 245 (College Algebra) or Math 260 (Pre-Calculus) to complete the pathway.

Math 245 is an extension of Intermediate Algebra and contains many of the algebra techniques that will be needed for Calculus. Math 245 is only three units and many students are able to take Math 240/245 together in the same semester. This pathway is especially good for the student that needs more algebra practice.

Math 260 contains the same algebra content as Math 245, however Math 260 also covers trigonometry which means that the algebra part is usually faster paced. Math 260 is five units and (though possible) it typically is not recommended for students to take Math 240 and 260 at the same time. However, Math 260 looks ahead to the specific types of problems students will encounter in Calculus. This pathway is especially good for the student who is confident with their algebra skills.


Which courses do I need to prepare for Statistics?

In order to take Statistics, you must first pass either Math 125 (Intermediate Algebra) or Math 137 (Algebra for Statistics). However, if you pass Math 137 you may only take Math 227. If you pass Math 125 you can take a variety of courses, including Statistics. It is recommended that STEM majors take Math 125 first and non-STEM major take Math 137 before taking Statistics.


How many times can I retake a course?

New district rules only allow you to take a course up to three times. Once a student has three failing grades (Ds or Fs), Ws, or incompletes, the system will block that student from taking the same course again.


What textbook do I need for my course?


A list of classes and textbooks is available at

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