Which Pathway To Choose

For students who plan to transfer to a four-year university, the transfer-level course you need depends on which subject you want to major in and which schools you're considering transferring to. 

If your educational goals do not involve transferring to a four-year university, please check the math requirements for your program and/or speak with a counselor for more help in selecting a math class.

Math Course Eligibility

Below are suggestions of math courses to take based on your major. It is extremely important to make sure that the transfer-level math class you choose to take will satisfy the transfer requirements designated by your choice of major and transfer institution. This information can be found on ASSIST.org, but that website can be difficult to navigate, so it’s best to discuss this with a counselor.

This is the pathway for students who only need to satisfy a general education math requirement for their major. This is typically students who want to major in arts, cultural studies, English, foreign languages, and other majors that do not require more specific math classes, such as Statistics or Calculus.

To fulfill this requirement, most students take Math 70 or LALS 5 or PSYC 5.

Liberal Arts Math Pathway

High School Performance Course(s) to Take
GPA 3.0 or higher

Math 70 - Liberal Arts Math (3 units)

  • Meets UC and CSU Math GE
GPA 2.0 to 2.9

You are eligible for all options, but Option 1 is recommended

Option 1 

  • First Semester: Math 43 - Preparation for Liberal Arts Math (5 units)
  • Second Semester: Math 70 - Liberal Arts Math (3 units)

Option 2

  • First Semester: Math 70 - Liberal Arts Math (3 units)
GPA less than 2.3

You are eligible for all options, but Option 1 is strongly recommended

Option 1 

  • First Semester: Math 43 - Preparation for Liberal Arts Math (5 units)
  • Second Semester: Math 70 - Liberal Arts Math (3 units)

Option 2

  • First Semester: Math 70 - Liberal Arts Math (3 units)

 

This is the pathway for students who need to take MATH 80 - Probability and Statistics to satisfy the math requirement for their major. This is typically students who want to major in anthropology, political science, psychology, sociology, and other social sciences**.

To fulfill this requirement, most students take Math 80 or Econ 5 or LALS 5 or PSYC 5. 

Statistics Eligibility

High School Performance Courses to Take
GPA 3.0 or higher

Math 80 - Probability and Statistics (5 units)

  • Meets UC and CSU Math GE
GPA 2.0 to 2.9

You are eligible for all options, but Option 1 or 2 are strongly recommended

Option 1 

  • Math 80 - Probability and Statistics(5 units) with concurrent Math 80S - Support for Probability and Statistics (2 units)

Option 2

  • First Semester: Math 45 - Prep for Statistics (6 units)
  • Second Semester:  Math 80 - Probability and Statistics (5 Units)

Option 3

  • Math 80 - Probability and Statistics (5 units)
GPA less than 2.3

Option 1 (Strongly Recommended)

  • First Semester: Math 45 - Prep for Statistics (6 units)
  • Second Semester:  Math 80 - Probability and Statistics (5 Units)

Option 2 

  • Semester 1: Math 60 - Intermediate Algebra (5 units) OR Math 46 - Elementary and Intermediate Algebra (7.5 units)
  • Semester 2: Math 80 - Probability and Statistics (5 units)

Option 2

  • Math 80 + 80S* - Probability and Statistics with concurrent Math 80S - Support for Probability and Statistics (7 units)

*Not Eligible for Math 80 without support

Also, note that some students may satisfy their statistics requirement by taking one of the following:

  • PSYC 5 - Psych Statistics
  • ECON 5 - Introductory Statistics
  • LALS 5 - Introduction to Statistical Methods in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.

As these courses are in separate departments, they may have separate placement rules. However, all students who have passed MATH 45 or MATH 60 are eligible for PSYC 5, ECON 5, and LALS 5. 

** Some majors that require a statistics class will also require that you take a calculus class like Math 110A or Math 100A or Math 75. Some examples of these majors are Accounting, Business, and Finance. Be sure to speak to a counselor to understand the requirements associated with your particular major.

This is the pathway for students who need to take MATH 90 - Precalculus Algebra or a higher-level class to satisfy the math requirement for their major. This is typically students who want to major in the physical sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Placement into Calculus

Placement directly into Calculus requires a HS GPA of at least 3.2 and two semesters of passing grades in HS Precalculus (the second semester grade must be C or higher). If a student does not meet these requirements, then they are required to complete the prerequisites (MATH 90 and MATH 95) to become eligible for Calculus.

The following are the official placement rules and recommendations to help students choose a course:

High School Performance Courses to Start With
GPA 3.2 or higher AND two semesters of passing grades in High School precalculus

Choose one:

  • Math 100A - Short Calculus 1 (3 units) OR
  • Math 110A - Calculus 1 (5 units)

GPA 3.4 or higher OR

GPA 2.6 or higher AND enrolled in a high school Calculus Course

  • MATH 90 - Precalculus Algebra (5 units) OR
  • Math 95* - Trigonometry (3 units) (not UC Transferable) OR
  • Math 92 - College Algebra (5 units) (not UC Transferable) OR
  • Math 75 - Mathematical Analysis for Business (3 units)
GPA 2.6 or higher OR enrolled in HS Precalculus
  • Math 60 - Intermediate Algebra (5 units) recommended or
  • MATH 90+90S** - Precalculus Algebra with support (8 units) recommended or
  • Math 90 - Precalculus Algebra (5 Units)
  • Math 92 - College Algebra (5 units) (not UC Transferable) OR
  • Math 95* - Trigonometry (3 units) (not UC Transferable) OR
  • Math 75 - Mathematical Analysis for Business (3 units)
GPA less than 2.6 OR no high school precalculus
  • Math 60 - Intermediate Algebra (5 units) OR 
  • Math 46 - Elementary and Intermediate Algebra (7.5 units) OR
  • MATH 90+90S** - Precalculus Algebra with support (8 units) OR
  • Math 92 - College Algebra (5 units) (not UC Transferable)

If you have not passed Algebra 2 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better, Math 46 is strongly recommended. 

*You are advised to take Math 90 before or concurrently with, Math 95
**Not eligible for Math 95 or Math 75 or Math 90 without support.

Support Planning Your Math Classes

It is extremely important to make sure that the transfer-level math class you choose to take will satisfy the transfer requirements designated by your choice of major and transfer institution. If you know what you want to major in and which schools you're considering for transfer, you can look up your requirements via ASSIST.org or you can go to one of the following places on campus for assistance: