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1. General Information

1.1. Math Office Location and Hours

Mathematics Building
617 N. Santa Rita Ave.
The Math Office is Room 108, on the first floor of the Math Building and is open from 8:00 AM to 4:55 PM, Monday through Friday.





1.2. Homework Drop-Off Basket

The Homework Drop-Off Basket is located on the counter of Room 108 in the Math Building. Homework is collected and distributed to instructors each day between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.


When turning in an assignment for yourself or a fellow student, please do the following:

  1. Make sure the student's name is on the homework.
  2. Make sure the instructor's name is on the homework. (This is how it gets sorted into the correct mailbox!)
  3. Log the work on the clipboard that sits on the Homework Drop-Off basket.  You will be asked to write on the yellow form under the instructions: Date, class and section number, instructor's name, student's name, time it was turned in.
  4. Place the homework in the basket, under the clipboard.


Please note that we take the basket in at 4:30pm to allow the instructors time to retrieve the work from their boxes before the office closes.


1.3. Common Final Exam Locations

Room assignments for Math common final exams (Math 107, 112, 116, 120R, 122A, 122B, 125, 129, 223, 263) can be found at http://math.arizona.edu/academics/courses/finals.

Room assignments are not posted until a week or two prior to the date of the exam.


Note that common final exam dates and times can be found by going to the Registrar's webpage at http://registrar.arizona.edu/schedules/finals.htm and selecting the appropriate semester, and clicking on Common Final Exam Schedule.


If your math class is not included in the list of classes with Common Final Exams, the university schedule of finals (linked above) for MWF or TR classes will dictate the time and date of the final.  The final exam will then be given in the normal room that your class has met in all semester.


1.4. Posting of Instructors

Instructors for Math Courses will be posted on UAccess and outside Room 108 of the Math Building typically during finals week. Upper level courses are usually posted on the window across from Room 108 approximately one month before finals.  UAccess will only show the instructor as "Staff" until after they are posted outside Room 108.


Please note that all postings of instructors are TENTATIVE until the class actually begins.  Therefore, you should be selecting your class based on time rather than by instructor.  There is never a guarantee that a specific instructor will teach a specific section, as emergencies can always spring up, forcing us to rearrange the teaching assignments.


1.5. Math Teaching Lab (MTL)

MTL rooms 120, 121, 123 and 124 are located just south of the Math Building in the Math Teaching Lab. Classrooms are used for instruction as well as free tutoring:

  • Math 129, 163, 223, and 263 tutoring - MTL 121
  • Math 302A, 302B - MTL 123

(All other Math Department tutoring information can be found at math.arizona.edu/academics/tutoring)


1.6. Which Calculators Can We Use in UA Math Classes or when taking the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

Any non-graphing scientific calculator may be used for the ALEKS PPL test and most classes. Certain graphing calculators are also allowed for the PPL test (and highly recommended or required for some courses).


Calculators that perform symbolic manipulations (such as the TI-89 or TI-92 or TI-Nspire CAS) cannot be used for the PPL or in courses at or below the Calc II level (Stats excluded). Below is a guide to which calculators are generally acceptable, and which ones are definitely not acceptable. Click here to skip down to the unaccepted models. It is always a good idea to also refer to your course syllabus and/or ask your instructor. 


There are many different models of graphing calculators out there.  If you do not see your model listed here and you are unsure if it is approved for use in a UA Math course, please send a clear picture of the calculator to ekstrom@math.arizona.edu

Acceptable Calculators:

       
TI-36X Pro

(Preferred calculator for MATH 107)


Note that ANY non-graphing scientific calculator may be used for the ALEKS PPL assessment.

TI-83, TI-83 Plus

TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus Silver Edition, TI-84 Plus C Silver 

Edition, TI-84 Plus CE

TI-Nspire CX

 

This is not to be confused with the TI-Nspire CX CAS pictured 

below.  CAS is not allowed.  

.

The two calculators look identical except for the “CAS” printed 

in the upper right hand corner of the CAS version.

TI-85

 

These are getting hard to find, and harder to find someone who 

can help you with it.

 

TI-81 and TI-82 have more in common with the TI-83 than with 

the TI-85, but are probably  just as hard to find.  Both of these 

models are also acceptable.

TI-86

 

This model is more advanced than TI-85, but TI-86 has been 

discontinued.  It is still an  acceptable calculator to use, but 

again, familiarity with the model may be hard to find.   

Casio Graph 35+E, Calculatrice graphique Graph 35+E II 

Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than

Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard 

to find.  However, they are still acceptable.


Casio fx-9750GII, fx-9750G PLUS


Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than

Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard 

to find.  However, they are still acceptable.

Casio fx-9860GII


Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than

Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard 

to find.  However, they are still acceptable.

Casio fx-7400GII


Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than

Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard 

to find.  However, they are still acceptable.

Casio PRIZM fx-CG10, fx-CG50

 HP 48 series

Includes the following models: HP 48S, HP 48SX, HP 48G, 
HP 48GX, HP 48G+


Calculators that are NOT allowed in UA Math classes or while taking the UA ALEKS PPL test:
       

TI-Nspire CX CAS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities


(CAS = computer algebra system)

TI-89, TI-89 Titanium


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

TI-92


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.


Casio ClassPad II fx-CP400


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.


Casio ClassPad 330 PLUS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

Casio ALGEBRA FX 2.0 PLUS


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.



HP Prime Graphing Calculator


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.

HP 49/50 series


Includes the following models: HP 49G, HP 49G+, HP 48II, HP 50G

(Note the HP 48II is actually part of the 49 series, not 48 series)


Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities.


1.7. GRO (Grade Replacement Opportunity)

GRO requests can be submitted through UAccess Student during filing periods.  Please see GRO Filing Deadlines and all other information at http://registrar.arizona.edu/academics/grade-replacement-opportunity-gro.


Steps for filing GRO requests:

  1. Register for the repeated course
  2. During the GRO filing period (usually on the first day of classes), go to UAccess Student, click on Enrollment, click on Grade Replacement Opportunity
  3. Read and accept the GRO Policy terms
  4. Complete the GRO request


The link above will also guide you through the process with UAccess screencaptures.

1.8. Final Exam Rooms

The Room assignments for the Common Final exams can be found at http://math.arizona.edu/academics/courses/finals

1.9. I need a tutor for a math class. Does the department maintain a list of qualified tutors?

In general, we suggest that students take advantage of the free tutoring services on campus first. These services include:

  • The Think Tank (For Math 100 through Calculus II)
  • Math 129, 163, 223, and 263 tutoring - Math Teaching Lab (MTL) 121
  • Math 310 and above tutoring - Math Building Room 220


Math Department tutoring information can be found at http://math.arizona.edu/academics/tutoring


If you want a private tutor, the Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers, which is affiliated with the Math Department, maintains a list of private tutors who have completed a tutoring course offered through the department. You can find the list at http://crr.math.arizona.edu/private-tutoring.


1.10. Where can I get (free) walk-in tutoring for my math class?

Walk-in tutoring locations and times depend on which course you are taking:

  • Prep for University-Level Math (Math 100) - See the Math 100 staff in Math Room 102, Monday-Thursday, 9:30am - 5:00pm and Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Calculus I and below (Math 107/108/112/113/116/120R/122A/122B/125): Tutoring is available at the Think Tank.  See http://thinktank.arizona.edu for locations and times
  • Calculus II, Vector Calculus, and Statistics (Math 129/223/163/263): Tutoring is available in the Math Tutoring Lab (MTL) 121, Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-4:00pm, and Friday, 11:00am-2:00pm.  You can see a schedule of the tutors at https://www.math.arizona.edu/academics/tutoring  (note that tutors with an asterisk (*) by their name can tutor Statistics)
  • Differential Equations (Math 254): Please refer to your class syllabus for office hours and help sessions specifically designated for this class


Math Department tutoring information can be found at math.arizona.edu/academics/tutoring.


1.11. When is graduation? (College of Science)

Math majors take part in the College of Science graduation ceremony. Information about the ceremony can be found at http://cos.arizona.edu/content/graduation-and-commencement.


Eligible students should get RSVP information emailed to their UA email address around the time the RSVP opens


1.12. How do I drop a class? What will this look like on my transcript?

Dates and Deadlines:  The procedure for dropping a class will depend on how far into the class you are.  Be sure to check the posted Dates and Deadlines for your class on the Registrar's page:  http://registrar.arizona.edu/courses/dates-deadlines .  If you are in a 5 week, 7 week, or other length course that does not meet for a full semester, note that there are separate pages linked from above for those classes.


Beginning of term:  Prior to the end of the second week of classes in regular semesters, official withdrawal (drop) of a course cancels the registration for the course. The course will not appear on the student's transcript (no grade is assigned). (For shorter terms, see Dates & Deadlines (link is external for last date to drop without a W.) Students may drop a course in UAccess Student:

  • Log in to uaccess.arizona.edu 
  • click Enrollment
  • choose Add/Drop/Swap Classes
  • select the class(es) you wish to drop  

No approval is needed, though it is a good idea to check with your advisor if you are not sure if the drop may affect your progress toward your degree.  Check with the Financial Aid Office if your aid status may be impacted.  


W period:  During weeks three through ten in regular semesters (see Dates & Deadlines (link is external) for shorter terms), students may use UAccess Student to withdraw from a course (the procedure is the same as above, but a message will appear to warn you that a penalty grade of W will be awarded).

No approval is needed, but we recommend that you speak with your advisor if you are unsure of how the withdrawal may impact your progress.  Check with the Financial Aid Office if your aid may be affected.

The grade of W is awarded regardless of whether the student is passing at the time of withdrawal.  The W will appear on the student's transcript.  A grade of W does not affect the GPA, but students are limited to 18 units of W grades (see below).


Late change:  After the tenth week of classes, the grade of W can be awarded only with the approval of the student's instructor and academic dean, and only under exceptional circumstances. Students with extenuating circumstances must file a Late Change Petition with their college for permission to drop a course, and such petitions are only available through the thirteenth week of the semester. The end of the 13th week is the student's final course-withdrawal (drop) deadline.  The college must submit any approved Late Change Petitions to the Registrar before the final exam period.


W Grade Unit Maximum:  The number of undergraduate course withdrawals (drops) cannot exceed 18 units during the student's undergraduate career.   The 18-unit maximum applies to all courses dropped with a W grade.  The W grade is awarded for all withdrawals between the first and final withdrawal deadlines--from the third week through the thirteenth week of a regular semester (including those awarded for administrative drops or for approved Late Change Petitions).

2. Courses

2.1. Independent Study or Directed Research

Students enrolling in Individual Studies courses (DATA/MATH 199, 199H, 299, 299H, 392, 399, 399H, 492, 498, 498H, 499, or 499H) must complete and submit a proposal form describing the project they will be earning credit for.  The work must be mathematical or statistical in nature to receive MATH or DATA credit (for non-mathematical/statistical work, credit may be earned under the TLS prefix).  The form is to be signed by the student, their project advisor, and their major (faculty) advisor.

The form for Preceptorship, Directed Research, Independent Study (including Honors), Senior Capstone, and Honors Thesis is now online here.

Enrollment in Internship courses (DATA/MATH 293, 393, 493) requires a specialized Internship Work Plan form. Click here for internship policies and guidelines, and to download the form.


Individual Studies Course Types and Grading

See also the Catalog policies on house numbered courses and grading: 

https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/university-wide-house-numbered-courses

S/P/F grades are NOT included in the GPA.


Type

Numbers

Grades

Note

Preceptorship

391, 491

391: A, B, C, D, E  regular grades;

491: S, P, F  alternative grades

Used for UTA programs

Directed Research

392, 492

A, B, C, D, E  regular grades


Internship

293, 393, 493

S, P, F  alternative grades

Internship Work Plan required for enrollment

Independent Study

199, 299, 399, 499

S, P, F  alternative grades


Honors Independent Study

199H, 299H, 399H, 499H

A, B, C, D, E  regular grades

Honors College students only

Senior Capstone

498

A, B, C, D, E  regular grades


Honors Thesis

498H

A, B, C, D, E  regular grades

Honors College students only; must complete two (2) semesters of 498H to graduate with honors


Determining the level of an individual studies course: 

The faculty member who is mentoring the individual studies course decides on the level at their sole discretion.  Some general guidelines: 

  • 100 level should be used for projects with no prerequisite college math/sds courses or knowledge, 

  • 200 level where the prerequisite knowledge/courses are 100 level (e.g. Calculus 1 or 2), 

  • 300 level where the prerequisite is 200 level (math 223 - vector calculus, math 254 level ODEs), and 

  • 400 level for courses with 300 or 400 level prerequisites. 

Mathematical maturity may also be a consideration, and faculty should feel free to use their judgment.


Note that if a Math or SDS major or minor wishes to use an individual studies course to satisfy degree requirements, they should check with the Math Center (Laurie or Michelle) to see if that is possible.


2.2. Internships

As of 2019, University requirements regarding internship enrollment and reporting have changed. Students enrolling in Internship courses (DATA/MATH 293, 393, 493) must complete and submit an Internship Work Plan. The Work Plan includes a section that must be completed and signed by the supervisor at the site of the internship.

Download the Work Plan form here

The form is a fillable PDF; to complete the form, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 (or later). Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free and can be downloaded from the following web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

Download the file to your computer; be sure to include your name in the file name, and re-save after you fill out the form.

See Examples of Goals, Purpose, Learning Objectives and Activities for help with those sections of the Work Plan, and be sure to read all of the guidelines and policies below.

Undergraduate students may enroll in internship credit through the Math Department (DATA/MATH 293, 393, or 493) subject to the following guidelines and policies:

1. Application of internship credit

For Math or SDS majors, up to 3 units of 493 internship (MATH 493 for Math majors; DATA 493 for SDS majors) may be used toward application course requirements. If a student wishes to complete additional internship credit, the enrollment can apply towards general elective credit.

All Internship courses use alternative grading: S, P, F.

2. Enrollment requirements, procedure, deadlines

a. Requirements: Internships with significant mathematical (MATH) or statistical (DATA) content as determined by one of our designated internship coordinators may be considered for credit under the appropriate prefix. (For other internships, credit may be earned under TLS; details are available here.)

b. Procedure: 

    i. After filling out the Math Department Internship Work Plan Form (fillable PDF) and having page 4 completed by the internship site supervisor, student submits the Work Plan to mcenter@math.arizona.edu. COVID-19 update: The student must also complete and submit the Assessment of COVID-19 Workplace Risk form (submit to the Math Center with the Work Plan).

    ii. Office staff will route the form to designated internship instructors.

    iii. If approved, Academic Office staff will add the appropriate internship course to the schedule, and then add the student to the course.

    iv. The approval/enrollment process may take up to 2 weeks. Please plan ahead. 

c. Deadlines: Students needing to be enrolled by the first day of classes for financial aid purposes will need to submit their completed Internship Work Plan at least 2 weeks before the start of term. Internship units will generally not be added after the deadline to drop with a W.


3. Determining the level of an individual studies course: 

100 level internship credit is not available through the Math Department.

Students should select: 

  • 293 when the prerequisite knowledge and/or courses needed for the internship are 100 level (e.g. Calculus 1 or 2), 
  • 393 when the prerequisite is 200 level (math 223 - vector calculus, math 254 level ODEs), and 
  • 493 for internships with 300 or 400 level prerequisites. 

The internship instructor will contact the student if there are questions regarding the appropriate level of the internship course in the Work Plan form.


4. Student intern responsibilities

Students are responsible for securing their own internship offer. Handshake is a recommended resource. 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the request for credit has been submitted (with all appropriate signatures), approved, and that they have been enrolled in the correct course/units.

It is also the responsibility of the student to ensure that the internship instructor receives the final product in consultation with the internship instructor, but no later than the last day of exams for the term.

For unpaid internships, students should be aware of the U.S. Department of Labor’s seven factor primary beneficiary test related to unpaid internships (these factors are used to determine whether or not an intern is really an employee, and therefore entitled to minimum wage and overtime under FLSA). The guidelines updated as of January 2018 are available at: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm 

For internships abroad, students should contact the consulate of the host country regarding applicable employment law and visa requirements. 

International students may be required to apply for and receive work authorization approval from International Student Services (ISS) before participating in an internship. More information can be found on the ISS website under F-1 Student Employment or J-1 Academic Training pages at https://global.arizona.edu/iss 


5. Site/company responsibilities

Paid internships: Employers are expected to follow all relevant federal, state, and local employment laws when students are hired as employees for paid internships. 


6. Additional UA policies

Students are expected to understand and comply with the university guidelines and policies for internship enrollment at https://registrar.arizona.edu/sites/registrar.arizona.edu/files/forms/Internship%20Policies-Guidelines%205-6-19.pdf 


2.3. 500-Level Courses for Undergrads

Students may request to register for 500-level courses if 

  • they are a Junior (at least 60 units earned) in the Honors College, or a Senior (at least 90 units earned), AND
  • they have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. 


To request enrollment, first fill out the Student Information portion of the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses form in ink. The form can be obtained at the Math Academic Office window in Mathematics Room 108, or downloaded and printed here. You can choose to earn Honors credit (if in the Honors College), undergraduate credit, or graduate credit. Note that graduate credit is unlikely to be useful for undergraduate students and will not count as units toward graduation. If you are a Math or SDS major, speak with your Faculty Advisor or Academic Advisor if you are not sure what type of credit to request. 


Write in the course(s) to be taken and drop off the form at room 108 or during Math Center walk-in hours. The Math Center will consult with your faculty advisor and instructors and contact you via email when we have an answer to your request. If approval is granted, we will help you obtain the necessary signatures. After the form is complete, we will return it to you to deliver to Room 210 of the Administration Building for processing. 


Students should expect the process to take up to two weeks, possibly longer at busy times, so please plan ahead.


2.4. Honors Courses

To graduate with honors from the Honors College, 30 units of honors course work are usually required. Some students who enter with more than 30 units of transfer work may take fewer honors units; consult your Honors Student Success Counselor for more information.


Honors Math Sections Offered

The Math Department offers a few honors courses/sections that count toward a mathematics major: courses in the Calculus sequence may have special honors sections available. These honors math courses are available to highly motivated students with strong mathematical backgrounds. Acceptance to the UA Honors College is not a requirement for Math 129H or Math 223H. Registration for these honors sections is blocked until the Mathematics Department can verify student eligibility. Eligibility rules depend on:

  • Current UA Students - by invitation: Each semester, students who receive a grade of A in the course AND on the final exam of the prerequisite course are emailed an invitation.  Students who receive the email just have to reply, asking to be added to the honors section.  During priority registration, you may wish to plan around this: Whenever possible, try to enroll in a non-honors section offered at the same time as the honors section, so we can make an easy swap.  Please note that because the honors section appears closed, you will need to search for its time by unchecking the box "show only open sections".
  • Fall Incoming Freshmen - by placement: Since there is no opportunity for instructors to nominate students into their very first UA MATH course, other criteria can be used to determine honors eligibility for certain courses (usually a very high placement test score plus college credit for the prerequisite course, usually from an AP exam). Generally speaking, students are informed of their eligibility during New Student Orientation; plan to speak with a math placement advisor during the lunchtime sessions at your orientation program. Eligibility is for Fall first semester Freshmen only.


Note: Math 254 Honors does require enrollment in the UA Honors College. Students may self-enroll if they meet the requirements.

2.5. I am looking for a study aid for the final exam for a course with a common final. Where can I find it?


2.6. Math 100 Course Description - Preparation for University-Level Mathematics

Math 100 - Math Lab (3 credits) 

UA ALEKS PPL score of 0-39% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 0-39% or Prep for College Algebra score of 0-54% required.


Description: The main purpose of this course is to serve as a preparation for MATH 105, MATH 107, and MATH 112. Work in the course is primarily self-directed, with mandatory weekly interaction with the instructional team. Content includes the following topics: linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, and absolute value equations and inequalities, algebraic expressions, graphing techniques, factoring techniques, exponents and logarithms. Students who wish to continue to higher level math courses will have the option to work with additional course material in algebra and trigonometry to facilitate this preparation. This course by itself cannot be used to satisfy the general math requirement for any degree program at the University of Arizona. 


Comments:  Some students with only one math requirement will need to take this course in the Spring. This course is available during Summer for students who need to take a higher level math course in the Fall (please refer to the Summer Schedule of Classes). This course does not serve as a prerequisite to any UA Math course. Students must place into the next course through the Math 100 final exam. The next course is generally Math 105, 107, or 112


2.7. Math 105 Course Description: Mathematics in Modern Society

Math 105 - Mathematics in Modern Society (3 credits)  UA ALEKS PPL score of 30-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 30-100% or Prep for College Algebra score of 40-100% required.    


Description: This course will examine how the mathematics learned in high school is applied to real life situations. Topics may include personal finance, statistics, elections, symmetry, and scheduling. Some of the applications may be how the site of the Olympic Games is chosen, why spirals occur in nature, and how statistical data is collected and how it can be used to mislead the public. The course is designed for elementary education majors, fine arts majors, humanities majors, and those social and behavioral science majors whose further courses do not require College Algebra as a prerequisite.The course is designed for elementary education majors, fine arts majors, humanities majors, and those social and behavioral science majors whose further courses do not require College Algebra as a prerequisite.


Comments: Majors within the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and some majors within the College of Social & Behavioral Science and 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 105, you should consider Math 112 instead.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~math105/


2.8. Math 107 Course Description - Exploring and Understanding Data

Math 107 - Exploring and Understanding Data (3 credits)  UA ALEKS PPL score of 30-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 30-100% or Prep for College Algebra score of 40-100% required.    


Description: The main purpose of this course is to help 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 sets. Examinations are proctored.


Comments: Math 107 will serve as a prerequisite for SBS 200, PSYCH 230. It satisfies the math foundation requirement for these majors only: Care, Health & Society; Communication; Criminal Justice; Family Studies and Human Development; Geography; Government and Public Service; Information Science & Arts; Political Science; Psychology (BA); Public Management & Policy; Regional Development; and Sociology


2.9. Math 109C Course Description: College Algebra with Data Analysis

Math 109C - College Algebra with Data Analysis (3 credits)  UA ALEKS PPL score of 40-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 40-100% or Prep for College Algebra score of 55-100% required.    

Description: College algebra course that emphasizes data analysis. Topics include functions, rates of change, linear functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, and quadratic functions. Graphing calculators and spreadsheets will be used. It is not intended for students planning to take MATH 122A/B, and it will not serve as a prerequisite for that course. 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. Examinations are proctored. Credit will be allowed for only one of the following courses: MATH 109, MATH 109C, MATH 110, or MATH 112.


Comments: This course is designed for students in Eller College, Communications, Political Science, Journalism, Sociology, Nursing, Psychology, and those majors that eventually require statistics. Topics are similar to MATH 112 but with more emphasis on data analysis. Students who take this course and switch to a major that requires MATH 122A/B should take MATH 120R. Most majors that accept Math 112 (College Algebra) for their math requirement will accept Math 109C. Students who choose a major in the College of Science, College of Engineering, Architecture and some majors within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences should choose Math 112 instead. Additional questions should be directed to an advisor. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: https://sites.google.com/math.arizona.edu/math109c


2.10. Math 111 Course Description: Plane Trigonometry

Math 111- Plane Trigonometry (2 units) UA ALEKS PPL score of 50-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calc score of 50-100% or Prep for Col Alg score of 65-100% required.   


Description: Topics include right triangle trigonometry, trigonometric functions and graphs, trig identities, inverse trig functions, law of sines, and law of cosines. Students are expected to have a graphing calculator. 


Comments: Please note that the prerequisites to Math 122A/B have changed, and completion of Math 111+112 will no longer gain a student entry into Math 122A/B. If a student is on a calculus track and placed into Math 112, then the student should then take Math 120R (Pre-Calculus) and not Math 111. Math 111 is a major requirement for Architecture and Speech & Hearing Sciences majors. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~trig/



2.11. It says that Math 112 is hybrid. What does this mean? What is required of me?

In sections that are hybrid, students will be responsible for watching some lecture videos outside of class. Students will have a face-to-face meeting with their instructor twice per week.  During the in-person meetings, instructors will teach the students the material covered in the course that was not viewed in the online lecture videos. Exams are taken in person for these hybrid sections. Instructors will hold regular office hours to assist students when they have questions.


MyMathLab is a course management system that will provide students with access to an interactive electronic textbook along with computer generated homework assignments. The cost for the MyMathLab product is about $100.


2.12. Math 112 Course Description: College Algebra with Applications

Math 112 - College Algebra and Application (3 credits) UA ALEKS PPL score of 40-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 40-100% or Prep for College Algebra score of 55-100% required.


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. Credit allowed for only one of the following: MATH 109C, MATH 110 or MATH 112.

Comments: Typically, this course is used to prepare students for additional mathematics courses, but there are students who take this course to satisfy all or part of their requirement. Majors that require Math 105 or 109C will also accept Math 112. Students planning to take Math 122A/B will need to complete pre-calculus (120R) after passing Math 112.  This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~algebra/math112/


2.13. Math 113 Course Description: Elements of Calculus

Math 113 - Elements of Calculus (3 credits) UA ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 65-100%, Prep for College Algebra score of 88-100%, UA Math 109C/112 required for placement into this course. Generally available in Spring.     

Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus. 

Comments: Pre-pharmacy students, some majors within the College of Agriculture, and some majors within the College of Social and Behavioral Science require this course. 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 want to take a course to prepare for Calculus I should consider Math 120R instead. Not a prerequisite to Math 122A/B.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~math113/


2.14. Math 116 Course Description: Calculus Concepts for Business Majors

Math 116 – Calculus Concepts for Business Majors (3 credits) UA ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 65-100%, Prep for College Algebra score of 88-100%, UA Math 109C, or Math 112 required for placement into this course. Generally available in the Spring since students must also complete MIS 111 or ABE 120 to be eligible for this course.  


Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus, with particular emphasis on understanding the principal concepts and their applications to business. Graphing calculators will be used as tools for further understanding these concepts. 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. 


Comments: This course is for all majors within Eller College and a few in Ag and Life Sciences. Because this course is considered 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 want to take a course that prepares them for Calculus I should consider Math 120R instead. Not a prerequisite. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: https://sites.google.com/math.arizona.edu/math116


2.15. Math 120R Course Description: Calculus Preparation

Math 120R - Calculus Preparation (4 credits) UA ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 65-100% required.


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


Comments: This course is intended to prepare students for Math 122A/B. Although this course is not specifically listed as a mathematics requirement for any major, majors that only require courses such as Math 105 or Math 112 can accept this course. Students who need to take Math 122A/B but do not place into it, should take Math 120R or both Math 112 and 120R, depending on placement. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~precalc/


2.16. Math 122A Course Description: Functions for Calculus

MATH 122A –Functions for Calculus (1 unit) UA ALEKS PPL score of 75-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 70-100% required.


Description: Elementary functions, their properties, and uses in modeling. A graphing calculator is required for this course. 


Comments: 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. Students must complete this course with a grade of C or higher to continue on to Math 122B. Students should enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester. Students who do not successfully complete Math 122A with a C or higher will be administratively switched to Math 120R. Students who have no experience with Precalculus or Trigonometry should take Math 120R or Math 112+120R first.  

This course has a common final exam outside of class time.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/m122a.html


2.17. Math 122B Course Description: First-Semester Calculus

MATH 122B – First-Semester Calculus (4 units) Successful completion of Math 122A required with a grade of C or higher. Enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester.  


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. 


Comments: 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. Students must complete UA Math 122A with a grade of C or higher. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/m122b.html



2.18. Math 125 Course Description: Calculus I

MATH 125 - Calculus I (3 credits) UA ALEKS PPL score of 85-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 85-100% required.


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


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 even though the words "with applications" are not used in its title. This course is for independent and highly motivated students. More work is done by the student outside of class than in Math 122A/B. Math 122A/B is the recommended sequence for first semester students. This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/m125.html


2.19. Math 129 Course Description: Calculus II

MATH 129 -- Calculus II (3 units) Continuation of MATH 122B or MATH 125. 


Description: 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.


Comments: A graphing calculator is required for this course. We recommend the TI-83 or TI-84 models. Calculators that perform symbolic manipulations, such as the TI-89, NSpire CAS, or HP50g, cannot be used. Examinations are proctored. Students must complete UA Math 129 with a grade of C or higher to continue onto UA Math 223.  This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/m129.html


2.20. Math 163 Course Description: Basic Statistics

Math 163- Basic Statistics (3 credits)- UA ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% or UA ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 65-100%, Prep for College Algebra score of 88-100%, UA Math 109C,  Math 112, or higher level course required for placement into this course. Recommended as a second semester course.  


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. 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. Examinations are proctored. 


Comments: This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any math courses.  This course can satisfy the foundation math requirement for majors that allow Math 105, 107, or 112. Students in nursing, nutritional sciences should take this instead of Math 263.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~stats/math163/


2.21. Math 223 Course Description: Vector Calculus

MATH 223 -- Vector Calculus (4 units) Successful completion of MATH 129 with C or better.


Description: Vectors, differential and integral calculus of several variables.


Comments:  This course has a common final exam.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~calc/m223.html


2.22. Math 263 Course Description: Introduction to Statistics and BioStatistics

MATH 263- Introduction to Statistics and BioStatistics (3 credits)- UA ALEKS PPL score of 60-100% or ALEKS Prep for Calculus score of 65-100%, Prep for College Algebra score of 88-100%, UA Math 109C, Math 112, or higher level course required for placement into this course. Recommended as a second semester course.  


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. Examinations are proctored. 


Comments: This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any math courses. This course can satisfy the foundation math requirement for majors that allow Math 105 or 112. This course is a more thorough treatment of statistics for majors in the College of Science.


Course website: http://math.arizona.edu/~stats/math263/



3. Registration Information

3.1. Waitlists

The Math Department does not maintain waitlists for any of our courses.  You will need to continue to check UAccess for an open seat. If, on the first day of class, you have not acquired a seat in your desired section, you may contact the instructor and request their permission to add you.


Please note that instructors will generally wait for UAccess to close to registration (usually 8 days after the start of the semester) before they add additional students.  However, it is not a bad idea to start talking with instructors.


3.2. Prerequisites taken at UA over Winter/Summer

As soon as you are registered for the prerequisite course at the University of Arizona for Winter or Summer, you should be able to register for the subsequent course for the following semester.  


Note: The timing is important!

Summer registration usually opens at the beginning of Priority Registration for Fall (after Spring Break).  By the time you are able to register in your Priority Registration week, you should be able to register for the subsequent course in Fall with no problem.


Winter registration usually opens AFTER Priority registration for Spring, i.e. when Open Registration for Spring begins.  This means that you will need to wait until open registration to 1) register for the Winter prerequisite class, then 2) register for the Spring class.


3.3. Prerequisites taken at another institution over Summer

In order to guarantee that a course will transfer, courses taken outside of Arizona need to be pre-approved using the Math Transfer Credit Approval Form.  Arizona courses may also need to be evaluated if they do not appear on the Arizona Course Equivalency Guide.  We do not start course evaluations for summer until the end of March.


If you are taking a class below the level of Calculus I over summer at another institution, you will need to complete the course BEFORE you will be able to register for the subsequent course at the U of A.  To be cleared to register for the subsequent UA course, you will need to provide documentation showing successful completion of the prerequisite course. Once your grade has posted, email placement@math.arizona.edu with a PDF of your unofficial transcript or a screenshot from your student portal that includes in a single picture:

  •  your full name 
  • the name of the institution
  • the course name and course number
  • the semester it was taken 
  • and your final course grade 

Be sure to include your UA student ID number when you send the email.


If you are taking Calculus I or higher this summer at another institution, you will still need to provide proof of successful completion before classes start in August as explained above, but you will be able to register for the subsequent UA course for Fall by June 1st.


3.4. Math 125 Registration

In order to register for Math 125, you must have a current placement score of UA ALEKS PPL 85-100% or Prep for Calculus 85-100%.  


To check your current placement score, see http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/exams/scores


Transfer credit for Calculus I does not make you eligible for Math 125.  You must take the ALEKS placement exam and place into Math 125 with a score of 85% or higher.  



Math 125 is an accelerated Calculus I course, meeting only 3 days a week in class rather than the 5 days a week for Math 122A/B.  Because this class has less face-time with instructors in class, we require a higher placement level.


3.5. Enrollment in a Full Class

Prior to the start of the semester:

We are not able to add students to sections that are full. The Math Dept does not have waitlists. Please continue to check the UAccess online registration system for an available seat. Students can use UAccess Student to add courses through the first week of class.


First week of the semester:

The Math Department Staff are not able to add students to sections that are full. The department policy is this:


Students should be trying to add classes via UAccess, before it closes down to registration (typically 1 week into the semester). Instructors generally do not add students prior to this time.  Once UAccess closes, and an instructor has physical space in their classroom, they may choose to add more students via a departmental yellow permission form.  Note that the instructor is not obligated to add anyone, and they will not sign a university Change of Schedule Form. They must give you a Math Department yellow permission form.


In the meantime, please keep checking UAccess.  We often see a lot of movement in classes during the first week.



3.6. Math 122B Registration

Math 122B requires enrollment of Math 122A in the same semester (or a previously recorded grade of C or better in 122A).  Try adding Math 122A first before adding Math 122B.


Math 122A has precise prerequisites that must be met:


Either:

  • Sufficient Math Placement score (UA ALEKS PPL score of 75-100% or Prep for Calculus 70-100%)      OR
  • Completion of Math 120R (Pre-Calculus) with a grade of C or better


Transfer credit for the prerequisite courses may suffice.  Please review the transfer credit information at http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/credits


To check your current placement score, go to http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/exams/scores and log in with your NetID and password.


3.7. Math 116 Registration

Math 116 has several prerequisites:


ONE of :

  • MIS 111 (Management Information Systems) OR 
  • ABE 120 (Agric & Biosystems Engin)


AND


ONE of:

  • Sufficient math placement score (ALEKS PPL 60-100% or Prep for Calculus 65-100%, Prep for College Algebra 88-100%)  OR
  • Completion of UA Math 109C OR Math 112


Typical reasons for not being able to enroll:


  • The student's math placement score has expired. To check your current math placement score and date, please go to http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/exams/scores.
  • Student is registered in MIS 111 or ABE 120 in the same intended semester as Math 116 (MIS 111/ABE 120 must be completed BEFORE Math 116 begins.)
  • Student is taking a similar class to MIS 111 at another institution while trying to enroll in Math 116 for the following semester (we need to see an unofficial transcript showing completion of the course before you can enroll in UA Math 116)


3.8. Unable to Enroll

The UAccess system can "overlook" some of your prerequisites in the following instances:

  1. The system looks to the first time you received credit for the prerequisite course.  For example, suppose you are trying to enroll in Math 223, which requires a grade of C or higher in Math 129. However, on your first attempt of Math 129 you received a D. Since this is a passing grade, you received credit, but you didn't meet the prerequisites. Even after you have passed Math 129 on further attempts with a grade of C or better, the system doesn't see past the first attempt. Ask for assistance in Math 108 as our staff can add a milestone so the system can recognize the prerequisite credit.
  2. If your prerequisite material was transferred in more than 3 semesters ago, the material is outdated, and you may be required to re-take the placement exam. If you end up testing below the level you were expecting, you should contact placement@math.arizona.edu for advising.
  3. If your prerequisite material was transferred in, the system may just not be recognizing it.  Ask for assistance in Math 108 as our staff can add a milestone so the system can recognize the prerequisite credit.


You might also have a hold on your account, as shown by a negative service indicator (red circle with a slash through it) in the upper right-hand corner of your UAccess screen. Click on the icon to see which hold it it is.


If you believe you are eligible for a class yet you cannot enroll, please contact the Math Placement Office.


3.9. Permission Number

Our department does not use permission numbers, but you should not need one before the class begins.


Department permission is required for the following:

  • Trying to add Math 100 in the Fall semester.  For incoming Freshman, in the Fall, Math 100 is part of the Schedule for Success program, and you must be enrolled in the program to register for Math 100.  Email Cassandra Hirdes at scheduleforsuccess@email.arizona.edu to enroll in the program.  If you are not an incoming Freshman, email academics@math.arizona.edu to request enrollment in Math 100.
  • Trying to add any class via UAccess after it has closed down for adding classes (typically 8 days after the start of the semester).  To add a class after this time, please see the instructor of the class you wish to add, and obtain a signed departmental permission form.  (Instructors will not sign a Change of Schedule form.)


3.10. I am retaking a course, but I am not able to register for it. Why?

Possible problems:

  1. If you had placed directly into the class on your first attempt, it could be that your placement score has already expired. Placement scores are valid for one year only. If you are GROing the course, we can add you into the course without having you re-test, but realize that you have now been at least a semester without math, and you should take responsibility to review the prerequisite material.
  2. You are limited by University policy to only three attempts at a math class. This includes failed attempts as well as terms where you received a grade of W. If you wish to attempt it a 4th time, you will need to request an exception to the university repeat policy.  

    Your first steps:

    1. Complete form at http://min.math.arizona.edu/academics/repeatexception
    2. When you receive email confirmation, set up an appointment with your academic advisor (they will be CC'd on the confirmation email)
    3. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss options using this form.
    4. If it is decided that repeating the course is the best option, return the form to room 108 of the Math building.


We will process the request approximately 2 weeks before the intended term begins. We submit an online form requesting the exception, and then your graduation services advisor will email you when you are cleared to register for the course. Once you receive that notification, it is up to you to enroll in the course via UAccess.

Please submit the online form (from Step 1) now  to begin the process.


3.11. Can I drop back from Math 129 to Math 125?

If you are struggling in Math 129 (Calculus II), it might be a good idea to drop back into Calculus I.

We recommend that you try to enroll in Math 122A/B.  


We do not suggest dropping back into Math 125, an accelerated course in Calculus I. However, if you meet the requirements for Math 125 (a math placement test score of 85-100% on the ALEKS PPL or ALEKS Prep for Calculus exam), you may make this change via UAccess within the first week.


If you are switching courses after UAccess registration has closed, you will need to get the permission of the instructor for the course you are adding (Calculus I). If they are willing/able to add you, they will provide you a Math Dept yellow permission form. They cannot sign a university Change of Schedule form. Bring the yellow permission form to Math room 108 to process the change. 


Please contact the Math Office Staff in Math 108 if you need assistance.


3.12. When I try to add a class via UAccess, it tells me I have a hold. What does that mean?

There are several reasons why a student might see a registration hold (that is, a hold which prevents a student from adding any more classes):


  • Bursar's Hold: Usually this is due to a past-due balance. Student should contact the Bursar's office immediately at (520) 621-3232 to try to settle the account and have the hold removed.
  • Immunization Hold: Student Health will put a hold on registration if you have not shown proof of current immunizations. Student should contact Student Health or see https://www.health.arizona.edu/health_services_immunizations_requirements.htm for more information.
  • Mandatory Advising Hold: Academic Advisors may place registration holds if they want the student to meet with their advisor prior to registration. Student should contact their academic advisor ASAP. They can usually find their academic advisor's name in UAccess, on the panel on the right-hand side.
  • Dean of Students Hold: Contact the Dean of Students Office at (520) 621-7057 or see http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/
  • Residence Life - Overdue Sanctions: If you have any questions regarding the overdue sanction process, please call Residence Life at 520-626-6015.


Registration holds usually only affect adding or swapping classes. Students should still be able to drop classes. 


3.13. Why can't I add my math class during Priority Registration?

If you receive an error message when trying to enroll, please read the message carefully. This may explain why you cannot add the course.


Unit Limit : You may have reached the 19-unit maximum set by your college.


Holds: You may have a hold on your record


Prerequisites: You may be missing the prerequisite course. If you believe you took the prerequisite, click here.


If you still feel that you should be able to enroll in a course, but are not able to, please contact placement@math.arizona.edu



3.14. I'm in Math 100 right now. Why can't I add my next math class?

Enrollment in Math 100 is not a prerequisite for any math class. It is the final exam for these classes which can place you into your next math class. You must take your final exam and score sufficiently high to place into your next math class.  


Final exam/placement scores are loaded into the system within 3-5 business days of taking the final exam. You will be able to register for the Math class you are eligible for once your score is posted to the system.  You can check the status of your posting at http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/exams/scores (if your Math 100 score is posted, you'll see an MCLG score, and approximate date of your final exam).


3.15. I am taking/have taken Math 113, but now I need Math 122A/B for my new major. How can I get into it?

Students may either re-take the Placement Test to test directly into Math 122A, or they may take Math 120R (Pre-Calculus) to fulfill the prerequisites for Math 122A/B.


Math 113 is Brief Calculus (essentially Calculus-without-the-Trig). The prerequisites for Calculus I (Math 122A/B) are successful completion of Math 120R (Pre-Calculus), that is passing with a C or better. By taking Math 113, the student has demonstrated mastery of College Algebra, since that is a prerequisite for Math 113. However, these students are missing the trigonometry component. Even if the student can test directly into Math 122A/B, they may appreciate a solid review of trig before going into Math 122A/B.


3.16. Can I take a math class at Pima and have it count for full-time status at the UA?

Please see http://financialaid.arizona.edu/managing-my-aid/consortium-agreement-terms for more information about a consortium agreement.