Course Finder: This website provides information on which GE B4 math class you should take based on your major.
Math Placement Categories
When students are admitted to Cal State LA, the university looks at a variety of measures to determine their Math Placement Category. These multiple measures include high school Math courses, high school grade point averages (GPA); and exams scores from the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject test, or the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Note that the ELM exam will no longer be administered. CSU places students into four categories in Math.
GE Requirement Completed (Math Placement Category I): Students have already fulfilled the General Education requirement in Math. Most of the students in Math Placement Category I received a passing score on the relevant AP exam (Calculus AB, BC, or Statistics) and received credit for the corresponding college course. Math Placement Category I students are exempt from Early Start.
Academic support course not needed with GE course (Math Placement Category II): Students are ready to take the freshmen-level GE course in Math. Math Placement Category II students are exempt from Early Start.
Academic support course required with GE course (Math Placement Category III): Students will begin their college-level Math GE course in their first semester and will be placed into a co-requisite support course. Math Placement Category III students are not required to take Early Start.
Early Start required, and academic support course required with GE course (Math Placement Category IV): Students will begin their college-level Math GE in their first semester, and will be placed into a co-requisite support course. Math Placement Category IV students are required to take Early Start.
Early Start Math Summer 2018
Students who are placed into Math Placement Category IV (Academic support course required with GE course) are required to participate in Early Start. The following courses are available:
ESM 1082 and ESM 0082 Early Start PreCalculus: Functions (8 weeks, 06/18/2018-08/10/2018)
ESM 1082 and ESM 0082 are for incoming freshmen who are in majors that require PreCalculus or Calculus. This includes most STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors. The content of ESM 1082 is equivalent to MATH 1801, that is, a standard PreCalculus Functions class (functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; polynomials and rational functions; systems of linear equations and matrices; sequences and series including arithmetic and geometric series). ESM 1082 can be used in place of MATH 1081 as a prerequiste or as program requirement. Students in ESM 1082 must also enroll in 0082, a co-requisite support course designed to provide students with additional support.
Course Credit: Passing ESM 1082 will confer 3 units of college credit and fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement. ESM 0082 does not carry college credit or count towards the degree.
ESM 0309: Algebra Foundation for Statistics and Quantative Reasoning (2 weeks)
ESM 0309 is a one unit course for incoming freshmen who are in non-STEM majors that do not require Precalculus or Calculus. ESM 0309 is designed to refresh students’ knowledge of basic concepts covered in algebra, including the following: solving linear equations, functions, and system of equations.
Course Credit: This course meets the Early Start Requirement for Quantitative Reasoning. Students who complete ESM 0309 will have a head start on subject matter covered in their first-year Math class. (ESM 0309 confers 1 unit of pre-baccalaureate credit that does not count towards the degree).
Additional information about Early Start can be found here.
ALEKS Placement for incoming STEM majors in Summer 2018
You may be able to place into Calculus in Fall 2018 using ALEKS PPL over the summer.
ALEKS PPL is an online assessment, preparation and placement system that is free for Calculus-bound Cal State LA students.
You qualify for ALEKS PPL if
1. You are an incoming freshman, and
2. Your major requires calculus (Math 2110 or Math 2040), and
3. Academic support is not required (see the section on Math Placement Categories for more information)
If your major is in the college of engineering (ECST) you will get access to ALEKS PPL though the ECST STEP Program.
If your major is not in ECST, you should have received an email from the Mathematics Department containing information about registration in ALEKS PPL.
For questions about proctored ALEKS PPL placement exams, contact the Testing Center.
If academic support is required and you would like to make progress towards Calculus over the summertime, please see the Early Start Math section.
For other questions, contact the Mathematics Department.
Course Changes (deletions, modifications, new courses)
Deleted Courses (as of Fall 2018)
- MATH 0920 and MATH 0930. Startinig Fall 2018, MATH 0920 and MATH 0930 will no longer be offered. Their function has been replaced by co-requisite courses listed below.
- MATH 1020, College Algebra. Programs that previously required Math 1020 as the GE B4 course now either require MATH 1081, PreCalculus: Functions, or one of the Non-STEM GE courses, Math 1000, MATH/ECON 1090, or EDFN 1090. Continuing students who have passed Math 930 should check with their departmental advisor which of these courses they should take, or go to the section for incoming freshmen. More information about the alternative courses can be found on the GE Overview section.
- MATH 1050, PreCalculus for Life Sciences. This course, a combination of Math 1081 and Math 1085, is now replaced by its two components. If you have taken (and not passed Math 1050), please go to the section for continuing and transfer students to see your options.
Modified Courses (as of Fall 2018)
- MATH 1000, Introduction to College Algebra is now MATH 1000, Quantitative Reasoning in Today’s World. The course content has changed. If you previously took Math 1000, then it is recommended that you retake the new Math 1000. In the new course, students will learn skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Topics include proportional reasoning, probability, statistics, finance, and voting. These topics will feature a diverse host of skills ranging from reading an electric bill, to understanding blood alcohol content, to analyzing a mortgage for a home, to discovering misleading features in statistical studies, and analyzing apportionment for the US House of Representatives.
- MATH 2040, Applied Calculus I – change of prerequisite. The prerequisite could be satisfied by either MATH 1050 or the combination of MATH 1081 & MATH 1085. To accommodate transfer students who cannot take MATH 1085 at the community college, MATH 1040 (Precalculus) is now an allowed prerequisite. Incoming freshmen at Cal State LA should select MATH 1081 (placement category 2) or MATH 1082 (placement categories 3 and 4), followed by MATH 1085, because this sequences has been specifically designed for life sciences majors.
- MATH 1083 is now a 4 unit course with an integrated lab component.
- EDFN 2520 has been renumbered as EDFN 1090.
New Courses (as of Fall 2018)
Due to the elimination of developmental mathematics courses (MATH 0920 and MATH 0930), students who need mathematics support will now take either a co-requisite course or a course with integrated support.
- For STEM-majors and others whose major requires MATH 1081, MATH 1082 is the corresponding course with integrated support. The course content is the same, but an extra unit of lab is integrated to refresh needed algebra just in time.
- For students taking the statistics or quantitative reasoning courses, as well as students in the Elementary Subject Matter Programs, the GE course numbered 1xx0 will have an associated co-requisite course 1xx1, as outlined below:
First MATH course
Satisfies GE B4?
MATH 1090 or ECON 1090
Students in Math Placement Categories III and IV will be required to enroll in the co-requisite support course, while students in Math Placement Categories II can choose to enroll. The co-requisite support course will refresh necessary algebra background, and will also assist students in the development of study skills and becoming an independent learner.
Entering freshmen will be required to take their GE B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) course in their first semester or within their first year, unless they have completed the GE B4 requirement (Math Placement Category I). (To be precise, all basic subjects [including GE B4] must be completed within the first 30 semester units counted toward the baccalaureate degree.) Depending on the major, either a specific GE B4 course will be required or there may be a choice of courses to select from. Starting in Fall 2018, the following courses are listed in category GE B4:
- MATH 1090/ECON 1090: Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics
- EDFN 1090: Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation
- MATH 1000: Quantitative Reasoning in Today’s World
MATH 1020 (College Algebra) will no longer be offered as of Fall 2018.
These GE B4 courses fall into the category of Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning (see description below) and are primarily intended for non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors. For STEM-majors and a few other majors, courses required as part of their major will carry GE B4 credit (see the sections on Precalculus and Elementary Subject Matter programs below)
Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning
Most students in non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors should take either MATH 1000 or one of the statistics courses, MATH 1090, ECON 1090, or EDFN 1090, to fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement.
MATH 1000, Quantitative Reasoning in Today’s World. This is a practical course in which students learn skills that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Topics include proportional reasoning, probability, statistics, finance, and voting. These topics will feature a diverse host of skills ranging from reading an electric bill, to understanding blood alcohol content, to analyzing a mortgage for a home, to discovering misleading features in statistical studies, and analyzing apportionment for the US House of Representatives.
MATH/ECON 1090 (cross-listed) and EDFN 1090 are statistics courses. Students will learn about collecting and summarizing data (descriptive statistics) and also how to draw conclusions from data (inferential statistics). Readily connected to life outside of the classroom, these courses help students become critical consumers of statistics to understand, for example, election statistics and comparisons of drugs. EDFN 1090 has a focus on the health sciences and human services, while MATH/ECON 1090 has a more general focus.
Students in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors should take PreCalculus, usually followed by Calculus or Applied Calculus. Depending on the major and Math Placement Category, this course sequence will begin either with ESM 1082, MATH 1081, MATH 1082, or MATH 1040. Any PreCalculus course will fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement for these majors. Life Science majors and Exercise Science majors should take MATH 1081 (or MATH 1082), followed by MATH 1085, Discrete Mathematical Models.
- MATH 1081 (PreCalculus: Functions) is the first half of PreCalculus.
- MATH 1082 (PreCalculus: Functions, with lab.) is equivalent to MATH 1081. It has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in PreCalculus.
- MATH 1040 (PreCalculus) combines the first and second halves of PreCalculus into a single semester.
- ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082 with identical content, that is, it can be used in lieu of MATH 1081 for prerequsite and program requirements.
Elementary Subject Matter programs
Students in an Elementary Subject Matter credential program should take the sequence MATH 1100 (Foundations of the Real Number System for Elementary and Middle School Teachers), MATH 1150 (Elements of Algebra and Statistics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers), and MATH 2250 (Explorations in Geometry for Elementary and Middle School Teachers). Together, these classes help prepare future elementary school teachers to teach mathematics at that level. MATH 1150 fulfills the GE Block B4 requirement.
Recommended General Education Mathematics Course by Major
Course Finder: This website provides information on which GE B4 math class you should take based on your major.
Continuing and Transfer Students
Continuing students who still need GE B4 Course
Continuing students who passed MATH 930 or equivalent, or got at least 50 on the ELM, or were exempt from the ELM and who still need a GE B4 course can be advised as if in Math Placement Category II, which means no math support is needed. Go to the section on recommended GE Math Course by major and use the course finder tool to see which is the recommended (or required) next math course. Non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors will typically take just the GE B4 course, while STEM majors and a few select majors will take additional mathematics courses beyond the GE B4 course.
Students who scored below 50 on the ELM and did not pass MATH 930 in their first year should consider the low-cost Intermediate Algebra summer program offered in partnership with Rio Hondo College. Continuing students who do not pass Intermediate Algebra by the end of Summer 2018 but who are otherwise eligible for re-enrollment will be allowed to re-enroll in the subsequent fall term but must take a "supported" GE B4 course.
Students in STEM disciplines and some specific majors require courses in the Precalculus and/or Calculus sequences.
- If you are a Life Sciences major (Biology, Exercise Sciences, Microbiology, BA Natural Sciences Option III), then click HERE to find out about the courses you need to take from the Applied PreCalculus/Calculus sequence.
- If you are majoring in Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics, then click HERE to find out about the courses you need to take from the PreCalculus/Calculus sequence.
Course Credit for Approved Exams (AP, CLEP, IB)
If you have taken the AP Calculus, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exam, you may get credit for some calculus courses if you scored high enough.
|AP Exams||Passing score||Earns credit for||Semester units||GE|
|Calculus AB||3||MATH 2110 (Calculus I)||4||B4|
MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)
|AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore||3||
MATH 2110 (Calculus I)
|AP Statistics||3||MATH 1090 (Reasoning with Statistics)||3||B4|
|CLEP Exams||Passing score||Earns credit for||Semester units||GE|
|Calculus||50||MATH 2110 (Calculus I)||4||B4|
|College Algebra||50||MATH 1020 (College Algebra)||3||B4|
|College Mathematics||50||MATH 1000 (Introduction to College Mathematics)||3||B4|
|Precalculus||50||MATH 1040 (Precalculus)||6||B4|
Note: Memo from chancellor's office says that scoring 50 or better on CLEP College Algebra: Trigonometry or on the CLEP Trigonometry exam earns 3 semester units. According to web, these exams were replaced by the CLEP Precalculus Exam in 2005.
|International Baccalaureate Exam||Passing score||Earns credit for||Semester units||GE|
|IB Mathematics HL||4||MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)||8||B4|
This information is current as of June 2016, but is subject to change. Please see the course catalog for the most up-to-date information.