MATH 117–118, MATH 130, MATH 133 and MATH 135


MATH 117 - MATH 118  College Algebra in Context I & II  (each one credit)

Prerequisite:  Satisfactory performance on the CSU Math Placement Exam, Math Challenge Exam, or ELM Exam.  
MATH 117 is prerequisite for MATH 118 so this pair of courses must be completed in order. 
The prerequisite for MATH 117 is enforced through RAMweb.

Description:  College Algebra in Context emphasizes investigating, interpreting, applying, and communicating concepts and skills traditionally identified with college algebra.  Topics include the idea of a mathematical model, linear functions, quadratic functions and equations, polynomials and polynomial equations, rational functions, inverse functions, and power functions.  A Texas Instruments TI-83® or TI-84® graphics calculator is required.

All exams are given on a walk-in basis in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138).


MATH 130 Mathematics in the Social Sciences  (3 credits)

Prerequisites:      Satisfactory performance on the CSU Math Placement Exam, Math Challenge Exam, or ELM Exam. 
Prerequisite is enforced through RAMweb.

Description:  MATH 130 is intended to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of the importance and usefulness of mathematics by showing how discrete mathematics can be used in planning and decision making.  Topics include voting theory, fair division, optimization, and probability. MATH 130 is conducted in large classes using teaching strategies that emphasize cooperative group learning and active participation.  Required homework/practice problems are completed online. Proctored quizzes are given outside of class in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138).

MATH 130 satisfies the mathematics requirement of the All-University Core Curriculum but does not satisfy the prerequisites for any courses that use mathematics (such as economics, physical sciences, and statistics).


MATH 133 Financial Mathematics  (3 credits)

Prerequisites:      Satisfactory performance on the CSU Math Placement Exam, Math Challenge Exam, or ELM Exam. 
Prerequisite is enforced through RAMweb.

Description:   MATH 133 aims to help students acquire vocabulary, conceptual understanding, and computational skills that will enable them to make informed financial decisions.  Topics include pricing, taxes, insurance, interest, annuities, amortization, and investments.  Financial calculators and spreadsheets are essential tools in MATH 133.

MATH 133 is conducted in lecture-discussion format.  Students solve problems collaboratively in class.  After several scheduled sessions in a computer lab, students complete spreadsheet exercises outside of class.

MATH 133 satisfies the mathematics requirement of the All-University Core Curriculum, but does not satisfy the prerequisites for any courses that use mathematics (such as economics, physical sciences, and statistics).


MATH 135 Patterns of Phenomena I  (3 credits)

Prerequisites:      Satisfactory performance on the CSU Math Placement Exam, Math Challenge Exam, or ELM Exam.  
Prerequisite is enforced through RAMweb.

Description:  MATH 135 aims to engage liberal arts students in the exploration of mathematical ideas and modes of thought and their application in the arts and humanities.  Representative topics include symmetry, levels of infinity, the fourth dimension, contortions of space, chaos and fractals.  (Prior knowledge of these topics is not assumed.)

MATH 135 satisfies the mathematics requirement of the All-University Core Curriculum but does not satisfy the prerequisites for any courses that use mathematics (such as economics, physical sciences, and statistics).


For additional information about  MATH 117–118 , MATH 130, MATH 133, or MATH 135  contact

                                Mathematics Department Office Staff                                                 491-6327

                                Prof. Paul Kennedy, MATH 117-118 Course Coordinator                   491-2497


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Last updated on:   April 11, 2014