Mathematics Department


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.

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.

A list of classes and textbooks is available at

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CMS 124


Bamdad Samii, Department Chair
Phone: (818) 833-3379

Margarita Padilla, Department Secretary
Phone: (818) 364-7894