Placement in an appropriate initial math course is crucial to your success at Michigan Tech. Our goal is to place you into the course that will provide the best opportunity to complete your degree in four years. Depending on where you place based on your recommended first math course, you may or may not need to take ALEKS. If you ultimately place below your recommended first math course, we strongly recommend you take ALEKS to challenge your placement.
Your current aptitude matters! Starting in a math course that is too low may increase your time to graduation. But starting in a course that is too advanced could mean frustration, difficulty understanding important concepts, or re-taking courses and increasing your time to graduation.
Use the drop-down menu below to see your recommended first math course based on your intended major, and learn what you need to place into that course:
Choose your major:
|Michigan Tech Course*||ACT Math Score||SAT Math Score||AP Calculus AB||AP Calculus BC||IB Mathematics (HL)||ALEKS|
|MA1020 Quantitative Literacy||10-20||260 or higher||N/A||N/A||N/A||0 or higher (recommended minimum of 46)|
|MA1030 College Algebra||18-21||500-530||N/A||N/A||N/A||46-60|
|MA2720 Statistical Methods||22 and above||540 and above||N/A||N/A||N/A||61 and above|
|MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences||26-28||610-670||2||Based on AB subscore||N/A||76-85|
|MA1161 Calculus Plus with Technology I||26-28||610-670||2||Based on AB subscore||N/A||76-85|
|MA1160 Calculus with Technology I||29||680 and above||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||86-100|
|MA2160 Calculus with Technology II||N/A||N/A||4 or 5||Based on AB subscore||N/A||N/A|
|MA3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology||N/A||N/A||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|