Recommended First Math Course

All students at Michigan Tech are required to take math courses to complete degree requirements. Use the drop-down menu below to see your recommended first math course based on your intended major, and learn what you need to do to place into that course.

Keep in mind that changing your major at any point may result in the need to take additional math courses to complete your degree. Talk with your academic advisor for guidance.

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Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in accounting in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in anthropology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1135-Calculus for Life Sciences gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in applied ecology and environmental sciences in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in applied geophysics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in applied physics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in audio production and technology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with biology focus in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with chemistry focus in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in bioinformatics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1135-Calculus for Life Sciences gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in biological sciences in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in biomedical engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in chemical engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in cheminformatics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in chemistry in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in civil engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in communication, culuture, and media in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in computer engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in computer network and system administration in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in computer science in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in construction managment in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in economics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in electrical engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in electrical engineering technology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in engineering management in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in English in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in environmental engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1135-Calculus for Life Sciences gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in exercise science in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in finance in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in forestry in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your engineering degree in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to stay on track for the major you decide to pursue.

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in geological engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in geology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in history in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in humanities in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in liberal arts in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in management in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in management information systems in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in marketing in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in materials science and engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in mathematics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in mechanical engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in mechanical engineering technology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA2720-Statistical Methods gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in medical laboratory science in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in management in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in pharmaceutical chemistry in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in physics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in physics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in psychology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in scientific and technical communication in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in scientific and technical communication in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA2720-Statistical Methods gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in social sciences in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in software engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in sound design in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1032-Precalculus gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in sports and fitness management in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in statistics in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1160-Calculus with Technology I or MA1161-Calculus Plus with Technology I gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in surveying engineering in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in theatre and electronic media performance in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1020-Quantative Literacy gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in theatre and entertainment technology in eight semesters (four years).

Starting in MA1135-Calculus for Life Sciences gives you the best opportunity to complete your degree in wildlife ecology and management in eight semesters (four years).

 
Michigan Tech Course* Score needed to place in your first Michigan Tech math course
  AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC IB Mathematics (HL) ALEKS
MA1020 Quantitative Literacy N/A N/A N/A Greater than 0. We recommend you strive to earn a minimum score of 40
MA1030 College Algebra N/A N/A N/A Greater than 0. We recommend you strive to earn a minimum score of 40
MA1032 Precalculus N/A N/A N/A 56 or higher
MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences 2 Based on AB subscore N/A 70 or higher
MA1161 Calculus Plus with Technology I 2 Based on AB subscore N/A 70 or higher
MA1160 Calculus with Technology I Score of 3 allows placement in MA2160, but a grade of C or better must be earned to receive credit for MA1160 Based on AB subscore N/A 80 or higher
MA2160 Calculus with Technology II 4 or 5 Based on AB subscore N/A N/A
MA2720 Statistical Methods N/A N/A N/A 50 or higher
MA3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology N/A

4 or 5; Score of 3 allows placement in MA 3160, but a grade of C or better must be earned to receive credit for MA 1160 and MA 2160; Credit/placement for a score of 2 or lower will be based on AB subscore

5 N/A
 * Transfer credit awarded for equivalent courses with a grade of C or higher

MA1160 and MA1161 cover the same material, but MA1161 moves at a different pace—giving students an additional day of lecture each week.

View AP, IB, and CLEP credit guides.

MA1160 and MA1161 cover the same material, but MA1161 moves at a different pace—giving students an additional day of lecture each week.

View AP, IB, and CLEP credit guides.