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Placement Information for Incoming Freshman Students

1. Math Placement General Information for Incoming Freshmen

1.1. Math Placement Scores and General Information

Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement. The schedule you receive at orientation will have the correct math course for your major and placement level. Some students will have no math course on their schedules. This is also correct for your major at this time.

At orientation, you will have time to talk to your advisor about your courses. You can find out about Math courses  and what scores are required here:

https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=21


What scores do I need for a particular math course? 

https://www.math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/courses  



1.2. Do my test scores expire?

Test scores expire after one year. This means that if you do not take a math course your first year, or change majors and later find that you need a math course, you may need to take or retake the PPL Assessment.  Your math placement  is only for your freshman fall and spring semesters.

1.3. What SAT I MSS, ACT MATH , or PPL score do I need to register for a MATH course?

SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or PPL recent scores are used for placement into courses at or below the level of Calculus I (Math 122A/B, 125).
For entry into Calculus II (Math 129) or higher, prerequisites are used. 

Check the course entrance requirements here: https://www.math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/courses

You can find out more about UA Math courses here https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=21 )


1.4. I have an ACT / SAT score that is not showing in Next Steps.

Incoming Freshman can use ACT Math and SAT 1 MSS scores for placement. Scores must be from 8/1/2018 through  2020. 


If you have an SAT or ACT score that is not showing in your Next Steps Math Placement area, please contact the Math Placement office http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new  with a copy of your scores.   Send a pdf or screenshot that includes your name, test name, date, and score. Include your student ID number (8 digits) and orientation date in the email. This score will be processed as an MPLF score in your Next Step Center and ACT Math scores are converted to SAT I MSS scores.  



1.5. My ACT or SAT math score is just barely too old. Why can’t I can’t use it for math placement?

In general, test scores expire after one year.  Allowing SAT and ACT scores from 8/1/2018 already extends that. More recent scores are more accurate. If your score is out of date, any student can take the PPL Math Placement Assessment.



1.6. Can I use my High School Math Course for Placement into a UA Math Course?


High school course work varies greatly, so is not used for placement into UA Math courses.

UA Math Placement is based on PPL (Placement Test), SAT I MSS, ACT Math or college credits. If you have or expect college math credit, click  here  for more information https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=24 .


1.7. My advisor says I need a different MATH course. What should I do?

In order to enroll in a UA Math course, you must meet the course registration requirements.  

For some courses like Math 106, 107, 108, 112, you need a sufficient test score. 


For others, like Math 113, 116, 120R, 119A, 122A/B, 125, you need a recent prerequisite or a sufficient test score.  


You can find out about Math courses , how to qualify,  and what scores are required here https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=21


What scores do I need for a particular math course https://www.math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/courses 



1.8. I would like to place into a higher course. What should I do?

The Math Department has strict entrance requirements for our courses and does not waive them for any student.  You must qualify in order to take a Math course.  


Math Placement Levels have been created based on years of extensive student success/failure data. If you have a recent placement score (SAT, ACT, or PPL), this is likely the math level you are ready to succeed in. We do not recommend that students try to “cram and retest” to artificially place into a higher level. This can create a frustrating struggle, and possible failure, for your first year in college.


Take or retake the PPL Assessment:

If you feel that your scores truly do not reflect your current math knowledge, you can take, or retake, the Math Placement Assessment Test through your Next Steps Center, Math Placement area. Click here access to testing information and instructions.  https://www.math.arizona.edu/placement/freshman


Take a Summer Math course:

Some students take a summer math course to place higher for fall.  Consult your academic advisor if you are considering this option.  You can check to make sure you are taking the correct courses through our transfer guides or pre-approval form available here  https://www.math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/credits



2. Schedule For Success, Math 100 and SAS 100AX

2.1. What is Math 100?


The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a university-level math class and place into their major’s required math courses. Successful completion of Math 100 provides students with the skills and placement level needed for their next math course. Approximately 70-80% of Math 100 students place into a university-level math course at the end of the course.

For part of the course, students work in an online, individualized program called ALEKS. Using this program, students create their own paths through the course content and tackle problems when they are truly ready to master them.


2.2. Why did I place into Math 100 and SAS 100AX?

Math 100 and SAS 100AX were designed to help students prepare for their next UA Math course (Math 106, 107, 108, or 112) and fill in any gaps from high school.  

Students who did not progress to high school precalculus generally place into Math 100. Students who took high school statistics senior year, or did not take math their senior year or last semester, generally place into Math 100.  

If you have taken a high school precalculus course, you may be able to place higher through the PPL Assessment.  



2.3. Should I take the PPL Assessment?

If you have taken a high school Precalculus course, then the PPL Assessment is recommended. If your highest Algebra-based math course is Algebra II, then your placement into Math 100 is correct. Statistics courses are not Algebra-based, so if your last class was high school Statistics and you did not take Precalculus, Math 100 is the correct placement.



2.4. I want to try to qualify for a higher Math course. What should I do?

Any student can take the PPL Assessment to try to qualify for a higher level math course. Scores are processed overnight and will appear in your Next Steps Center. Please note that if you have not taken a high school Precalculus course, then Math 100 is the correct placement.  

If you take the PPL Assessment and place out of Math 100 and SAS 100AX, you will need to contact the Math Placement Office http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new  to drop these courses.  Please include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email.  



2.5. My SAT or ACT Math score is not showing in my Next Steps Center:

Check for your SAT and ACT scores in your Next Steps Center. The date range for these scores is 08/01/2018 to present. If you have a test score in this date range that is not showing in your Next Steps Center, please email an unofficial copy of your scores to  the Math Placement Office http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new Make sure to include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email and include your orientation date. 

Note:

  • You need at least a score of SAT I MSS 530 or ACT MATH 21 for placement into Math 106/107 (only required for restricted majors, not prerequisites to most other math courses).

  • You need at least a score of SAT I MSS 560 or ACT MATH 24 for placement into Math 108/112.


2.6. What if I have college math credit?

You may qualify for a different math course, depending on the credit you have.  Please contact the Math Placement Office http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new about your credit.  If it is not already in the UA system (how to check UAccess), then you will need to provide an unofficial college level transcript or test credit report. http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new



2.7. I placed out of Math 100 and SAS 100AX. How do I drop these courses?

Please contact the Math Placement Office  http://placement.math.arizona.edu/support/tickets/new to drop these courses.  Please include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email.



3. ALEKS PPL Assessment for Incoming Freshmen

3.1. I did not take the PPL Assessment. Can you mark the Math Placement section of my Next Steps Center as complete?

If the PPL Assessment is recommended, the Math Placement section of your Next Steps Center will show as incomplete until you take the PPL Assessment.  It is not required, but recommended, particularly if you have completed a high school precalculus course. If you choose not to test, that is fine.  The Math Placement section of your Next Steps Center does not need to be complete in order for you to register for classes or participate in orientation.  



3.2. Should I take the PPL Assessment?

If your Next Steps Center Math message recommends testing, please take the Assessment (link to testing instructions).

Testing will be recommended if:

  • you currently have no placement level

  • your SAT/ACT scores place you below the level of your major math requirement

  • you have college level transfer credit, or credit by exam, below the level of Calculus


Testing cannot hurt your placement level. Your Math course will be based on your highest placement score.


Students should test at least one week prior to their orientation date, if possible.  However, tests completed prior to orientation will be processed in time for course registration. 


If you still have questions, email contact the Math Placement Office


If you have transfer credit, go to https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.chapter&id=24



3.3. Am I required to take the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test)?

Incoming freshman students are given an initial placement based on SAT I MSS or ACT Math scores if completed between 8/1/2018 through 2020.  If you are satisfied with that placement, then you are not required to take the PPL Assessment, but it may be recommended.  The PPL Assessment is recommended if your SAT/ACT placement is below the level of your foundation math requirement for your current UA major.  You should consider this recommendation, particularly if you took a high school Precalculus or Calculus course.

3.4. About the PPL Assessment

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based online assessment tool that zeros in on the individual strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge. The University of Arizona Department of Mathematics is currently using the ALEKS PPL Assessment tool for placement into all of its entry-level courses. Incoming students access the assessment through their Next Steps Center. It is proctored through Examity, an online proctoring service. 

 

How long is the test? The test is about 30 questions. Questions must be answered in order. You cannot go forward or backward to view or change answers. The test usually takes 60-90 minutes. There is a 3 hour time limit. If time expires, your current score is recorded.

 

Possible Topics - The ALEKS PPL Assessment covers a broad spectrum of pre-calculus material from first year high school algebra through precalculus. The ALEKS system is fully automated and the ALEKS Assessment is adaptive.  ALEKS chooses each question on the basis of a student's answers to all the previous questions. Each student, and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. The first questions asked will be drawn from across the curriculum, and may be too easy or too hard. As the assessment proceeds, your answers will be used to give the system an idea of your knowledge, and it will gradually focus the questioning in an individually appropriate way. By the end of the assessment you should find the questions generally challenging but reasonable for your individual level of knowledge. By the time the student has completed the assessment, ALEKS has developed a precise picture of her knowledge of the course, knowing which topics she has mastered and which topics she hasn't out of all of the possible topics. An overview of how ALEKS works is available.


How Do I Access the PPL Assessment? Access to the test is through your Next Steps Center. 

 

Materials Allowed - Pen or pencil, Scratch Paper, Calculator

 

The “I Don’t Know” Button - It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to make an attempt and provide an answer. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you have never seen the topic, and this will be reflected in your results. Try your best to solve any problems that you think you might be able to solve. It is better to answer incorrectly on a topic that you have seen before, than to use the "I don't know" button and then skip related topics. 

 

Score - See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=128

 

Fees - For incoming Freshman and International students, there is no charge for the first test taken through the Next Steps Center. This fee is already included in new student fees. For any retest attempts, there is a fee of $26 per test.  





3.5. How do I access the PPL Assessment?

Incoming students test through the Next Steps Center, Math Placement area.

3.6. I am having trouble taking the PPL Assessment

Check these first

  • Use Firefox or Chrome as your browser

  • Turn off popup blockers

  • Follow the steps in the Examity Proctoring Quick Guide

  • Click the orange LIVE CHAT box on the bottom right of the Examity screen


If you are having connectivity issues, you may need to

  • Connect to the internet with an ethernet cord instead of using wifi

  • Test from a different location with better internet service


If you are disconnected from the test, YOU CAN KEEP TESTING

Your 3 hour time limit is still counting down! Complete the steps below immediately.

  • Go back to your Next Step Center, Math Placement area and click on Go To Examity

  • Follow the same steps you used to access the test

  • Resubmit the Password using the Password Box, as before

  • Continue testing

You can also  contact the Math Placement Office 



3.7. My Math PPL Assessment Score

How can I see my score? - After you submit your last question in the test, you will immediately see your score in a large circle. That score will be loaded into the Next Steps Center within 12 hours. 

 

What does my score mean? - Your ALEKS PPL (Placement Assessment) score is used to place you into Math and some other UA courses. In the Next Steps Center, Math Placement area, you will see which courses you have placed into below the placement score chart once your score has been processed into the UA system.  

 

For all scores and courses, click the Math Placement Chart here.

You can see Math course descriptions here (link to About Freshman Level Math Courses). 

If you have questions about the courses you placed into, please talk to your advisor at orientation.  After orientation, if you still have questions,  contact the Math Placement Office 

 

How is my score calculated? - There are over 300 individual topics that can be assessed on the ALEKS PPL. In a relatively short period of time (60-90 minutes), ALEKS assesses exactly which of the topics the student has mastered, and which they have not. The final score is the percentage of the student's current knowledge of all possible topics. 

 

There is no passing grade, or failing grade!! Incoming student scores vary greatly, depending on the student’s mathematical background. Your score is simply a guide to place you into appropriate classes where you can be successful.



3.8. I just took or retook the PPL Assessment. How soon can I register?

Scores are processed several times a day, at 8am, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.  Once you see your new score in your Next Steps Center, it means you can use it for registration. 

3.9. Can I take the test more than once?

Yes. You must wait at least 24 hours between tests. We recommend reviewing before retesting:   https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=131


Retesting cannot hurt your placement. We use your highest placement score.



3.10. Can I review / study for the test?

The Math Department recommends reviewing before testing. 


I am testing for the first time - There is no specific practice test. You should review the math topics you have learned in the past. Do not try to learn new material.

We have some free review options here.


I am retesting - Once you have taken the ALEKS PPL, you have access to a free, individualized review called ALEKS Prep and Learning. Access this through your Next Steps Center, at the bottom of the Math Placement area. Click the link that says “PPL Learning Module”.



3.11. Are there any accommodations available to me if I am registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)?

The Math Placement Assessment is a 60-90 minute test.  Extra time up to 3 hours is allowed for all students.

 

Students who require screen reading technology should contact Math Placement Office for assistance with access to the test.

If  you require other accommodations, contact your DRC counselor for assistance.

3.12. I took the PPL Assessment after orientation. How do I change my schedule?

If you place into a higher course, you will be able to see your new placement in your Next Steps Center as soon as your score has been processed (usually about 12 hours).  


If you are currently in Math 100 and SAS 100AX, you will need  contact Math Placement Office  to drop those courses.


For any other courses besides Math 100, any changes are done by you.  You can add, drop, and change your eligible courses through Uaccess Student.

4. AP, IB, and Other College Math Credit for Incoming Freshmen

4.1. I have college Math transfer credit but no SAT, ACT, or PPL scores. What do I need to do?

If you have college math credit below Calculus,  and no other placement score (SAT, ACT, PPL) : 

Sometimes high school dual enrollment courses do not adequately prepare students for the next UA Math course.  The PPL Assessment can help tell us what you are ready to do next, regardless of any credits that you have.  


If you have college math credit, but no other placement test score, the PPL assessment is highly recommended.  It will not lower your placement based on your transfer credit, but will tell you if you are ready.  Also, after you take the PPL Assessment, you have access to a Prep and Learning Module that you can use to fill in any gaps. 


Some students start with a college review course, even if they have college math credit.  It is better to be well prepared for your next math course.   


What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit ? See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=112



4.2. I have college Math transfer credit. What do I need to do?

If you have college math credit below Calculus : The PPL Assessment is recommended but not required. 

Sometimes high school dual enrollment courses do not adequately prepare students for the next UA Math course.  The PPL Assessment can help tell us what you are ready to do next, regardless of any credits that you have.  

What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit?    See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=112




4.3. I have College Math Credit, how can I add the Next UA Math course?

To get credit for your college Math class or your AP, IB, CLEP, or other credit,  please do BOTH of these things:


If we don’t know about your credit, you will be blocked from registering for the next course.  

  1. Make sure you have sent an official college level transcript to UA or have sent your official test scores to UA.  Your high school transcript cannot be used for college credit.  


  1. Next, check to see if your transfer credit is in UAccess   You can check this a week before your orientation. 

Many college courses transfer automatically to UArizona. If you see a UA Math course number listed under Equivalent Course(Like Math 112, Math 120R, etc.), you now have credit for that UA course.  If you see 1TR or 3TR as the Equivalent Course, then you need to have your Math course evaluated. If you have not already sent your Official Transcript to the UA Registrar, please request this through your previous college. This is not provided through your High School.


If your credits are not in the UA system one week prior to your orientation, email a copy of your college level unofficial transcript to the  Math Placement Office.   Include your Student ID number (8 digits) and Orientation date. If you have questions about your next math course, please include that in the email. 




4.4. How do I check if my Math credits are in the UA system?

Click on this link to see how to check if your credit is in Uaccess
Student 

4.5. I have college math credit. What course can I take next?

Note that high school dual enrollment credit does not guarantee you are ready for the next UA Math course. You should review the final exam study guides to make sure you are ready.  


UA Math credit


Next Course if recent credit
Recommended review
Math 107,  Understanding Data
SBS 200, Math 302A

Math 112, College Algebra

Courses listed above and 

Math 113, 116 (after MIS 111), 120R, 119A, 163

MCB 181L/R, CHEM 141/151, PHYS 102, other courses 


Review UA Math 112 https://math112.math.arizona.edu/
Math 120R, Precalculus
Courses listed above and Math 122A/B
Review UA Math 120R https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/math120r
Math 122B or Math 125, Calculus I
Math 129, 163, 263
Review UA Math 122B/125 https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math122b
Math 129, Calculus II
Math 223, Math 254, Math 313
Review UA Math 129 (https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/math129
Other Math credit
Consult your advisor



4.6. I already took an AP Calculus exam in a previous semester and have AP Calculus credit

To get credit for your AP Exam, please do BOTH of these things:


  1. Send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the College Board Advanced Placement Program site. This is not provided through your High School.


  1. Check if UA has processed your score:

Check to see if your transfer credit is in UAccess You can check this a week before your orientation. If UA has your score, we can use this for your fall schedule.  ( see if this link is in the new system)


If UA does not have your score:

Email a copy of your AP score report to the Math Placement Office one week before your orientation.  Include your Student ID number (8 digits) and Orientation date. If you have questions about your next math course, please include that in the email.

4.7. I took the AP Calculus exam (AB or BC) in May of this year and don’t have my score yet.

Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar.  If you did not designate the UA as a recipient of your score at the time of your exam, you may send your scores to the UA through the College Board Advanced Placement Program site.


Note that you will be able to add Math 129 (Calc II), Math 223 (Vector Calc), or Math 254 (Differential Equations) to your fall schedule based on your anticipated AP score.   If you expect a score of 4 or 5 on the AB exam, you can add Math 129.  If you expect a score of 4 or 5 on the BC exam, you can add Math 223 or 254.  Consult your academic advisor.  The Math Department will verify these prerequisites starting in August 1. If you find that you received a lower score, please refer to the information and recommendations (link to I have AP credit, how do I know if I am ready to take the “next” course?)


If you have additional questions about this after meeting with your academic advisor, contact the Math Placement Office 



4.8. How is AP Math credit awarded? What score do I need?

UA Math awards college level credit for the following AP exams:

Exam Name
Required Minimum Score
UA Math Credit
Units
Calculus AB
3, 4, or 5
Math 125, Calculus I
3 units
Calculus BC
3
Math 125, Calculus I
3 units
Calculus BC
4 or 5 Math 125 & Math 129, Calculus I & II
6 units
AB subscore on Calculus BC
3, 4, or 5
Math 125, Calculus I
3 units
Statistics
3 Math 163, Basic Statistics
3 units
Statistics
4 or 5 Math 263, Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics 
3 units

https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/advanced-placement-ap-program


4.9. I have credit for AP Statistics. What does this count for? What course can I take next?

See chart below. UA Math 163 and 263 are not prerequisites to UA Math or lab science courses (MCB 181L/R, CHEM 141/151, PHYS 102/181) other than Math 302A, which applies to some Education majors.



Exam Name

Required Minimum Score

UA Math Credit

Notes

Statistics

3

Math 163, Basic Statistics

Substitutes for Math 106, 107, SBS 200, PSY 230

Statistics

4 or 5

Math 263, Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics 

Substitutes for Math 106, 107, SBS 200, PSY 230


If your major requires Math 112 or higher  and you have statistics credit, you may still need to take Math 112 as it is needed as a prerequisite to other courses in your major.  Consult your academic advisor. 



4.10. I have AP or other Calculus credit, how do I know if I am ready to take the “next” course?

Not all AP students are ready to move to the next math course. Many students choose to begin their college math courses with the same level they just finished in high school. This way, students can fill gaps and reinforce necessary skills while getting used to college life.


To help determine what course you are ready for:

Visit our Calculus webpages(link to https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/  )You will find Final Exam study guides on each page.  If you find yourself very familiar with the content of a guide, you may be ready to move on to the next course. 


Our recommendations based on past student success. 

AP Exam

If you received a 

Recommendation if more calculus is required.

Calculus AB or AB subscore 

3

You might be ready to move on to Math 129, but work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure:  https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125

Many students who have a 3 on the AB exam and need Calculus II or higher take Math 125 before moving on to Calculus II, Math 129.  


4 or 5

You are likely ready to move on to Math 129.  Make sure you work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure:  https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125

Calculus BC

3

You are likely  ready to move on to Math 129, but work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure:  https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125


4 or 5

You are likely ready for Math 223, Vector Calculus or Math 254, Differential Equations. Make sure you work through the Math 129 final exam study guide to be sure:  https://calculus.math.https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/math129arizona.edu/calc1/math129

 We recommend 223 first, if possible. 


4.11. I have CLEP Math credit:

 

CLEP

UA Math awards college level credit for the following CLEP exams:


CLEP Exam Name

Required Minimum Score

UA Math credit

Next Course if recent credit

College Algebra

50

Math 112

Math 113, 116 (after MIS 111), 120R, 119A, 163

Precalculus

50

Math 120R

Math 113, 116, 122A/B, 119A, 163

Calculus with Elementary Functions

50

Math 125

Math 129, 163, 263


No credit is given for the College Mathematics CLEP Exam.

http://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/college-level-examination-program-clep 


What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit? See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=112

If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the College Board CLEP Program site. This is not provided through your High School.

4.12. I have Math credit for the Cambridge International Examination:

UA Math awards college level credit for the following Cambridge exams:


Cambridge Exam Name

Required Minimum Score

UA Math course 

Units

Mathematics AS-Level

E or better

Math 112

3 units

Mathematics A-Level

E or better

Math 120R & Math 113 

7 units

Mathematics Further A-Level

E or better

Math 163, 125, & 129

9 units


http://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/cambridge-international-examination-cie-program 


If you have credit below Calculus (AS-Level or A-Level credit), you must still have a Placement Score: Incoming Freshmen to UA must have a Math Placement score, even if they also have college credit.  Your placement into your first UA Math course will be based on your placement score.


If you do not have an SAT, ACT, or PPL (Math Placement Assessment) score, please take the PPL Placement Assessment 

If you have an ACT/SAT score and want to improve your placement, take the PPL Placement Assessment (link to assessment FAQ). 


What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit?  See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=112



If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the Cambridge International Examination Program site. This is not provided through your High School.

4.13. I have Math credit for International Baccalaureate - IB

UA Math awards college level credit for the following IB exams:


IB Exam Name

Required Minimum Score

UA Math course 

Units

New as of May 2021


Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches - HL Exam
5, 6, or 7

Math 120R & Math 125


6 units
Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches - SL Exam
5, 6, or 7
Math 1073 units
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations - HL  Exam
5, 6, or 7
Math 107
3 units
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations - SL  Exam
no credit awarded

Old Exams, ended 2020


Mathematics SL Exam

5, 6, or 7

Math 107

3 units

Mathematics HL Exam

5, 6, or 7

Math 120R & Math 125

6 units

Math Studies SL Examno credit awarded


See https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/international-baccalaureate-ib-program for other IB exam credits. 


What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit? See this article:  https://ua-math-dept.helpspot.com/placement/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=112

If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar. This is not provided through your High School.

5. Freshman MATH Courses

5.1. Math 100

Math 100

Math 100 - Math Lab (3 credits)

Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a university-level math class. Successful completion of Math 100 provides students with the skills and placement level needed for their next math course.

Placement Level: No placement level or score required. Students who place below Math 106, 107, 108, or 112 (depending on major) take Math 100 and SAS 100AX.

Comments: Math 100 is a review course designed to prepare students for the next UA Math course. This course uses an artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what math topics a student knows, then instructs each student individually on the topics they are most ready to learn. Students in Math 100 are also enrolled in SAS 100AX and participate in Schedule For Success 

5.2. Math 106

Math 106 - Exploring and Understanding Patterns, Functions, and Modeling for Elementary Teachers (3 credits)


Description: This course explores algebraic thinking from early childhood through middle school, with a focus on the different conceptions of algebra, including generalized arithmetic; patterns and functions; and modeling. Students will examine the different topics in K-8 algebra from an advanced perspective. Examinations are proctored.


Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 30-100% , SAT I MSS 530-800, ACT MATH 21-36 required.  Test scores expire after one year.


If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 106


Comments: Majors within the College of Education can use this course to satisfy their math requirement. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses (except Math 302A for Elementary Education.) If you think you might change your major to one that does not allow Math 106, you should consider Math 107 or 112 instead.

5.3. Math 107

Math 107 - Exploring and Understanding Data (3 credits)


Description: This course helps students understand, interpret, and represent data in a useful way to prepare students for courses in statistics. The course will provide students with the knowledge of basic mathematical and software tools and concepts which they can utilize to interpret quantitative information they encounter in their daily life. With the knowledge they gain, students will be able to better understand and assess the validity of quantitative information they receive through the web, newspaper, television, etc. Course topics will include creating various data summaries and descriptive statistics, probability, normal distributions, linear and other regression models, applying techniques to real world data.


Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 30-100% , SAT I MSS 530-800, ACT MATH 21-36 required.  Test scores expire after one year.


If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 107


Comments: Not a prerequisite to other MATH courses. Prerequisite to SBS 200, ISTA 116. For the following majors: Care Health and Society, Communication, Criminal Justice, Family Studies and Human Development, Information Science and Arts, Political Science, Psychology BA, Public Management and Policy, Regional Development, Sociology. Generally a Spring course.

5.4. Math 108

Math 108 - Modeling with Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions (4 credits)

Description: Using algebraic and trigonometric functions to model real-life situations. Course topics include ratios and proportions, functions and graphs, linear and quadratic functions and equations, trigonometric functions and equations, sinusoidal curve-fitting, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, all with an emphasis on relevant applications.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 40-100% ,  SAT I MSS 560-800, ACT MATH 24-36  required.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 108

Comments: This course is designed for Architecture and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences majors only. Prerequisite to Math 113.



5.5. Math 112

MATH 112 -- College Algebra Concepts and Applications  (3 units)


Description:  Topics include properties of functions and graphs, linear and quadratic equations, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications. Students are expected to have a graphing calculator. 

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 40-100% ,  SAT I MSS 560-800, ACT MATH 24-36  required.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112

Comments: UA MATH 112 is a prerequisite to other UA Math courses: 113, 116, 119A, 120R. 



5.6. Math 113

Math 113 - Elements of Calculus (3 credits)   

Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus. 

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% , SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36, or UA Math 112 (grade of C or higher) or UA Math 108 (grade of C or higher) required for placement into this course.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112 or 108 (grade of C or higher), then Math 113


Comments: For Pre-pharmacy majors, Psychological Sciences,  Anthropology BS,  Economics, some majors within the College of Agriculture. Because this course is considered a survey of calculus, it cannot be used to satisfy the Math 122B/125 requirement and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B instead. 



5.7. Math 116

Math 116 – Calculus Concepts for Business Majors (3 credits)

Description:  Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus: particular emphasis on understanding the principal concepts and their applications to business. Graphing calculators are used for further understanding these concepts.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% , SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36, or UA Math 112 (grade of C or higher) required for placement into this course.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112 (grade of C or higher) (and MIS 111), then Math 116

Comments: This course is for all majors within Eller College and a few in Ag and Life Sciences.  Because this course is a survey of calculus for business related majors, it cannot be used to satisfy the Math 122B/125 requirement and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B instead. Generally available in Spring as students must also have completed MIS 111 or ABE 120 to be eligible.



5.8. Math 119A

Math 119A - Mathematics of Biological Systems: A Calculus Based Approach (4 credits)

Description:  This course uses real world examples drawn from biology, ecology, and physiology to develop and study models of biological dynamical systems using concepts from calculus. 

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% , SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36, or UA Math 112 required for placement into this course.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 119A

Comments: This course is for majors within Physiology, Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.  Because this course is considered a survey of calculus, it cannot be used to satisfy the Math 122B/125 requirement and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B. Math 119A is not a prerequisite to Math 129, Calculus II. 



5.9. Math 163

Math 163- Basic Statistics (3 credits)

Description: Organizing data: displaying distributions, measures of center, measures of spread, scatterplots, correlation, regression, and their interpretation. Design of experiments: simple random samples and their sampling distribution, models from probability, normal distributions, and normal approximations. Statistical inference: confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, t procedures and chi-square tests. Not intended for those who plan further studies in statistics.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% , SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36, or UA Math 112 required for placement into this course.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 163

Comments: Not a prerequisite for any math courses.  Students in nursing, nutritional sciences should take this instead of Math 263. Recommended as a second semester course.



5.10. Math 263

MATH 263- Introduction to Statistics and BioStatistics (3 credits)

Description: Organizing data; distributions, measures of center and spread, scatterplots, nonlinear models and transformations, correlation, regression. Design of experiments: models from probability, discrete and continuous random variables, normal distributions, sampling distributions, the central limit theorem. Statistical inference; confidence intervals and test of significance, t procedures, inference for count data, two-way tables and chi-square procedures, inference for regression, analysis of variance.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% , SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36, or UA Math 112, 120R, 122B, or 125 required for placement into this course.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level:  Math 100, then Math 112, although students should first complete their foundation math requirement before taking Math 263. 

Comments: Math 263 is not a prerequisite to other math courses.  This course is a more thorough treatment of statistics for majors in the College of Science, Physiology, and a few other majors. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any math courses. Recommended as a second semester course or later, after foundation math requirement has been completed.   



5.11. Math 120R

Math 120R - Calculus Preparation  (4 units) 

Description: Reviews algebra and trigonometry; study of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric. Graphing calculators are required in this course. 

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100%,  SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36  required.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level:  Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R


Comments: This course is intended to prepare students for Math 122A/B. Students who need to take Math 122A/B but do not place into it, should take Math 120R first (C or higher required).



5.12. Math 122A

MATH 122A –Functions for Calculus (1 unit) 

Description: Elementary functions, their properties, and uses in modeling. This is a 3.5 week course where students will work with applying prerequisite concepts to the standard transcendental functions, pulling them into the mechanics, approach, and conceptual understanding of what is required for Calculus. A graphing calculator is required for this course. 

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 75-100% ,  SAT I MSS 660-800, ACT MATH 28-36 , or UA Math 120R (grade of C or higher) required.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level:  Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher), then Math 122A

Comments: Enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester.  Students must complete this course with a grade of C or higher to continue on to Math 122B.  Students who do not successfully complete Math 122A with a C or higher after the first 3.5 weeks enrolled in Math 122A will be administratively switched to Math 120R.



5.13. Math 122B

MATH 122B – First-Semester Calculus (4 units) 

Description: An introduction to first-semester calculus for engineering, science and math students, from rates of change to integration, with an emphasis on understanding, problem solving, and modeling. Topics covered include key concepts of derivative and definite integral, techniques of differentiation, and applications, using algebraic and transcendental functions. Examinations are proctored. Except as per University policy on repeating a course, credit will not be given for this course if the student has credit in a higher level math course. Such students may be dropped from the course. 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 122A 

If I did not take Math 122A or placed below Math 122A:   Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , then Math 122B.

Comments: Enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester. This course begins during the 4th week of classes.  Math 122B gives students a solid foundation needed to continue on to other courses such as Math 129. Any colleges listing Math 125 as their math requirement will accept Math 122B.

5.14. Math 125

MATH 125 - Calculus I (3 units)

Description: An accelerated version of Math 122B. See description of Math 122B.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 92-100% , SAT I MSS 730-800, ACT MATH 32-36 or AP Calculus credit required. Test scores expire after one year.

Comments: Placement for this course is at a higher level than Math 122A/B due to its accelerated format. Any major indicating Math 125 as its math requirement will accept Math 122B. This course uses the same text and syllabus as Math 122B. This course is for independent and highly motivated students. More work is done by the student outside of class than in Math 122A/B. This course is intended for students who have had prior experience with calculus. Math 122A/B is the recommended sequence for first semester calculus students.

5.15. Math 129

MATH 129 -- Calculus II (3 units)

Description: Continuation of MATH 122B or MATH 125. Techniques of symbolic and numerical integration, applications of the definite integral to geometry, physics, economics, and probability; differential equations from a numerical, graphical, and algebraic point of view; modeling using differential equations, approximations by Taylor series.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 122B or Math 125 or AP AB score of 3 or higher or AP BC score of 3.
Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , then Math 129.

Are you ready for Math 129: Go to the Math 122B or 125 final exam study guide  https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.

5.16. Math 223

MATH 223 -- Vector Calculus (4 units)

Description: The course covers differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables. Topics include vector valued and scalar functions, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, chain rule, local optimization, double and triple integrals, the line integral, Green's theorem, Stokes' theorem and the Divergence theorem. Examinations are proctored.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 129, or AP BC score of 4 or 5.
Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , Math 129 (grade of C or higher) , then Math 223.

Are you ready for Math 223: Go to the Math 129 final exam study guide https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math129 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.

5.17. Math 254

MATH 254 -- Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3 units)


Description: Solution methods for ordinary differential equations, qualitative techniques; includes matrix methods approach to systems of linear equations and series solutions.


Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 129 or AP BC score of 4 or 5.

Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , Math 129 (grade of C or higher) , then Math 254.


Are you ready for Math 254: Go to the Math 129 final exam study guide https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math129 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.

5.18. Math 302A - Understanding Elementary Mathematics A (3 credits)

Description: Development of a basis for understanding the common processes in elementary mathematics related to whole numbers, fractions, integers, and probability. This course is for elementary education majors only.

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% required. Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 106, then Math 302A

Comments:  For majors within the College of Education only. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses (except Math 302B for Elementary Education.)

5.19. Math 302B - Understanding Elementary Mathematics B (3 credits)

Description: Development of a basis for understanding the common processes in elementary mathematics related to estimation, graphing of functions, measurement, geometry, and data analysis. This course is for elementary education majors only.

Placement Level: Cannot place directly into this course. Students must take Math 302A first.

Comments:  For majors within the College of Education only. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses.

5.20. Phil 110 - Logic and Critical Thinking (3 credits)

Description: Students will develop rational thinking skills through a combination of theory and practice. They will discuss good and bad thinking habits, learning to apply the former and to avoid the latter. This class includes an introduction to truth-tables and rules of inference in symbolic logic. The aim is to improve students' capacity for rational reasoning, question widely held beliefs, resist empty rhetoric and propaganda, distinguish relevant from irrelevant considerations, and construct sound arguments. PHIL 110 satisfies the math requirement for some majors.

Placement Level: No placement level or score required. 

Comments: Can only be used for certain majors with a General Strand Math foundation requirement. If a student places into Math 100 and their major requires only a General Strand Math, they should take this or Ling 123. This course is not a prerequisite to any UA Math course.

5.21. Ling 123 - Introduction to Mathematical Approaches to Language (3 credits)

Description: This introductory course will work through concepts like set theory, basic logic, and formal language theory from the ground up to help explore and understand differences like these, which occur in our language (and any other) every day. The notions we will use are very rich and powerful, but are really intuitive and easy to work with. The course is an excellent opportunity to explore powerful tools that have mathematical power and precision (but with virtually no numbers!) to model accessible and intriguing data in the language domain. LING 123 satisfies the math requirement for some majors.

Placement Level: No placement level or score required. 

Comments: Can only be used for  certain majors with a General Strand Math foundation requirement. If a student places into Math 100 and their major requires only a General Strand Math, they should take this or Phil 110.This course is not a prerequisite to any UA Math course. 

5.22. SBS 200 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 credits)

Description: An introductory course in the fundamentals of modern statistics with applications and examples in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: methods for describing and summarizing data, probability, random sampling, estimating population parameters, significance tests, contingency tables, simple linear regression, and correlation

Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60-100%,  SAT I MSS 640-800, ACT MATH 26-36  required.  Test scores expire after one year.

If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 107 or Math 112, then SBS 200

Comments: If a student who needs this class places directly into it, then it may count as the math foundation requirement depending on the major. Students should always verify this with their major advisor. If they did not test at this level, then Math 107 should be completed beforehand. 

6. Handouts

6.1. Find out about about Calculus courses and prerequisites

Math Information for Students who Plan on Taking UA Calculus 

Click here for Handout. (PDF)

6.2. Review for calculus

https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/

6.3. Find out about the Math Minor requirements

Click below for the Math Minor Requirements Handout (PDF)

https://www.math.arizona.edu/files/academics/MathMinor.pdf

6.4. Find out about the Statistics and Data Science Minor requirements

Click below for the Statistics and Data Science Minor Requirements handout (PDF)

https://www.math.arizona.edu/files/academics/StatsMinor.pdf