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STEM Course Advisement

This page explains the prerequisite structure of precalculus and calculus classes for students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)  and Exercise Science majors.

Exercise Science Major

Depending on your Math Placement Category, you should take ESM 1082, MATH 1081 or MATH 1082, followed by MATH 1085. ESM 1082, MATH 1081 and MATH 1082 are equivalent for prerequisite and program requirements and meet the GE Block B4 requirement for your major.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus.
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082.
  • MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models) shows you how the functions you learned about in precalculus are used in the life sciences. You will also learn about discrete models.

Life sciences precalculus courses flow chart

For course descriptions, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

Biology Major

Depending on your Math Placement Category, you should take ESM 1082, MATH 1081 or MATH 1082, followed by MATH 1085 and MATH 2045. ESM 1082, MATH 1081 and MATH 1082 are equivalent for prerequisite and program requirements and meet the GE Block B4 requirement for your major.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus.
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082.
  • MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models) shows you how the functions you learned about in precalculus are used in the life sciences. You will also learn about discrete models.
  • MATH 2045 (Calculus for the Life Sciences) is a calculus course that covers both differentiation and integration, and their applications in the life sciences.

Flowchart for Life sciences courses Bio majors

For course descriptions, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

Other STEM Majors

If you are a Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics, or Physics major, then depending on your Math Placement Category, your first course should be ESM 1082, MATH 1081, MATH 1082 or MATH 1040. Any of these courses fulfills the GE Block B4 requirement for your major. ESM 1082, MATH 1081 and MATH 1082 are equivalent for prerequisite and program requirements.

If you don't take MATH 1040, then your second course is MATH 1083. After MATH 1040 or MATH 1083, you take the calculus sequence: MATH 2110, MATH 2120 and MATH 2130.

You may also place directly into calculus if you have taken any exam that gives course credit (see below) or have successfully completed the ALEKS placement during summer.

Course overview:

  • MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) is the first half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions, with lab) has exactly the same course content as MATH 1081, but also provides an integrated review of algebra skills needed in precalculus.
  • ESM 1082 is the Early Start version of MATH 1082.
  • MATH 1083 (Precalculus: Trigonometry) is the second half of precalculus.
  • MATH 1040 (Precalculus) combines MATH 1081 and MATH 1083 in a single semester.
  • MATH 2110 (Calculus I)
  • MATH 2120 (Calculus II)
  • MATH 2130 (Calculus III)

Note that your major may not require the full calculus sequence, or may require additional math courses beyond calculus. Please check with your major advisor.

Flowchart Calculus sequence STEM majors

For course descriptions, go to ecatalog.calstatela.edu. For transfer information, see assist.org.

Calculus placement for incoming STEM majors in Summer 2022

You may be able to place into Calculus in Fall 2022 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 2045), 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 receive an email from the Mathematics Department containing information about registration in ALEKS PPL.
For other questions, contact the Mathematics Department.

Credit for AP and other exams

If you have taken an 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
Calculus BC 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I) and MATH 2120 (Calculus II)

8 B4
AP Calculus BC/AB Subscore 3

MATH 2110 (Calculus I)

4 B4
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

 

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

Please see the course catalog for the most up-to-date information.