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.
Choose your major:
|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
|* Transfer credit awarded for equivalent courses with a grade of C or higher|
Your ALEKS placement score is only valid as a prerequisite for your first math course.
MA1160 and MA1161 cover the same material, but MA1161 moves at a different pace—giving students an additional day of lecture each week.