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GE Math Course Advisement

This page contains information on the General Education B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) requirement. Students in different majors and different math placement categories meet this requirement in different ways.

GE B4 overview

Entering freshmen are required to complete the GE B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning) requirement within their first year. (To be precise, all basic subjects [including GE B4] must be completed within the first 30 semester units counted toward the 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. For a specific major and placement category, go to Which GE B4 course should I take? below to find the GE B4 course.

Non-STEM majors:
Most students in non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors should take either MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090, PHIL 1080 or ESM 1090 (or versions of these courses with support) to fulfill the GE 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 1090 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 1090 has a more general focus.
  • PHIL 1080 (Quantitative Reasoning: Proof and Probability) Students will be introduced to deductive and inductive reasoning, proofs, models, set theory, probability and statistics. The overall aim of the course is to bring students to a level of mathematical aptitude so that, in having completed it, they can interpret, represent, communicate, and analyze quantitatively and rigorously.
  • ESM 1090 is the Early Start Math version of MATH 1090 and EDFN 1090.

MATH 1002, MATH 1092, EDFN 1092 and PHIL 1081 are versions of these courses that have built-in support.

STEM majors:
Students in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors should take precalculus, usually followed by 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 of these courses fulfills the GE B4 requirement for these majors. Biology 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 support) 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 Math 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 majors:
Students in an Elementary Subject Matter credential programs 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 B4 requirement.

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 exam scores from the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject test, or the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). CSU places students into four categories in mathematics.

Math Placement Category I (GE Requirement completed): Students have already fulfilled the GE B4 requirement. Most of the students in Math Placement Category I received a passing score on an 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 Math.

Math Placement Category II (Academic support course not needed with GE course): Students are ready to take the GE B4 course. Math Placement Category II students are exempt from Early Start Math.

Math Placement Category III (Academic support course required with GE course): Students will take their GE B4 course in their first semester and will be placed into a co-requisite support course. Math Placement Category III students may elect to take Early Start Math in the summer.

Math Placement Category IV (Early Start required, and academic support course required with GE course) Math Placement Category IV students are required to take Early Start Math in the summer. If the GE B4 requirement is not met in Early Start Math, then the student will take a GE B4 course in the fall semester with a co-requisite support course.

Early Start Math in Summer 2022

Students who are placed into Math Placement Category IV (Academic support course required with GE course) are required to participate in Early Start Math during the summer. The following courses are available:

ESM 1082 and ESM 0082 Early Start Precalculus: Functions (8 weeks)
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 1081, that is, a standard precalculus 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 prerequisite or as program requirement. Students in ESM 1082 must also enroll in ESM 0082, a co-requisite course designed to provide students with additional math support.
Course Credit: This course meets the Early Start Math requirement. 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 1090 and ESM 0090 Early Start Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics (8 weeks)
ESM 1090 and ESM 0090 are for incoming freshmen whose major requires them to take a statistics course to meet GE B4. The content of ESM 1090 is identical to that of MATH 1090 or EDFN 1090. Students in ESM 1090 must also enroll in ESM 0090, a co-requisite course designed to provide students with additional math support.
Course Credit: This course meets the Early Start Math requirement. Passing ESM 1090 will confer 3 units of college credit and fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement. ESM 0090 does not carry college credit or count towards the degree.

ESM 1005 Early Start Quantitative Reasoning in Today's World (2 weeks, offered in two sessions)
ESM 1005 is for incoming freshmen who are are in non-STEM majors that do not require either precalculus or statistics. It is designed to refresh students’ knowledge of basic concepts covered in algebra. The course also addresses approaches to problem solving in mathematics, logic, truth values, sets and Venn diagrams, understanding and critical analysis of quantitative information in everyday life.
Course Credit: Passing ESM 1005 does not fulfill the GE Block B4 requirement. However, this course does meet the Early Start Math requirement. Students who complete ESM 1005 will have a head start on subject matter covered in their first-year math class, in particular MATH 1000. ESM 1005 confers 1 unit of baccalaureate credit that counts towards the degree.

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.

Transferring a GE B4 course to Cal State LA

Most transfer students will meet the GE B4 requirement by completing a course at a community college that transfers in as one of Cal State LA's GE B4 courses.

  • Assist.org: This site contains official information about transferability of courses from local community colleges to Cal State LA.
  • Quottly.com: This site contains (unofficial) information about what courses can be taken elsewhere to meet the GE B4 requirement.

Which math course should I take?

This tool tells freshmen which math class to take based on major and math placement category.

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your first math course should be MATH 1040 (Precalculus) unless you placed into a higher level course because of an AP exam score or ALEKS placement. After MATH 1040, your next math course is MATH 2110 (Calculus I).

Your first math course should be MATH 1040 (Precalculus) unless you placed into a higher level course because of an AP exam score or ALEKS placement. After MATH 1040, your next math course is MATH 2110 (Calculus I).

You are encouraged to take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).  After ESM 1082, your next math class is MATH 1083 (Precalculus: Trigonometry).

If you don't take ESM 1082, then you should take MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions) in the fall.

You should take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).  After ESM 1082, your next math class is MATH 1083 (Precalculus: Trigonometry).

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your first math course should be MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) unless you placed into a higher level course because of an AP exam score or ALEKS placement. After MATH 1081, your next math course is MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models).

Your first math course should be MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions) unless you placed into a higher level course because of an AP exam score or ALEKS placement. After MATH 1081, your next math course is MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models).

You are encouraged to take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).  After ESM 1082, your next math course is MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models).

If you don't take ESM 1082, then you should take MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions) in the fall.

You should take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).  After ESM 1082, your next math course is MATH 1085 (Discrete Mathematical Models).

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your next math course should be MATH 1040 (Precalculus), unless you already have credit for this course.

Your next math course should be MATH 1040 (Precalculus), unless you have credit for this course already.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).  After ESM 1082, your next math course is MATH 1083 (Precalculus: Trigonometry).

If you don't take ESM 1082, then you should take MATH 1040 (Precalculus) in the fall.

You should take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions). After ESM 1082, your next math course is MATH 1083 (Precalculus: Trigonometry).

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your next math course should be MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions), unless you already have credit for this course.

Your next math course should be MATH 1081 (Precalculus: Functions), unless you have credit for this course already.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).

If you don't take ESM 1082, then you should take MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions) in the fall.

You should take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions).

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your eventual major may have other math requirements.

To meet your GE B4 requirement, take one of the following courses:
Statistics Path: EDFN 1092 or MATH 1092
STEM Path: MATH 1081 or MATH 1040
Non Statistics/Non STEM Path: MATH 1002 or PHIL 1080

You can choose to take an Early Start MATH class in the summer, either

Statistics path: ESM 1090 or
STEM path: ESM 1082.

If you do not take an Early Start MATH class in the summer, then you should take one of these GE B4 courses in the fall:

Statistics Path: EDFN 1090 or MATH 1090
STEM Path: MATH 1082
Non Statistics/Non STEM Path: MATH 1000 or PHIL 1081

You should take an Early Start MATH class in the summer, either

Statistics path: ESM 1090 or
STEM path: ESM 1082.

If you are unable to take ESM 1090 or ESM 1082, you should take ESM 1005 in the summer and take one of these GE B4 courses in the fall:

Statistics Path: EDFN 1090 or MATH 1090
STEM Path: MATH 1082
Non Statistics/Non STEM Path: MATH 1000 or PHIL 1081

You have met the GE B4 requirement.    Your major requires that you take MATH 1092 or EDFN 1092, unless you already have credit for this course.

To meet your GE B4 requirement, you should take  MATH 1092 or EDFN 1092. You may also choose to take the supported versions of these courses: MATH 1090  or EDFN 1090.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1090 and EDFN 1090.

If you don't take ESM 1090, then you should take MATH 1090 or EDFN 1090 in the fall.

You should take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1090 and EDFN 1090.

If you are unable to take ESM 1090, you should take ESM 1005 in the summer and MATH 1090 or EDFN 1090 in the fall.

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your major requires that you take  EDFN 1092, unless you already have credit for this course.

To meet your GE B4 requirement, you should take EDFN 1092.  You may also choose to take the supported version of this course, EDFN 1090.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090.

If you don't take ESM 1090, then you should take EDFN 1090 in the fall.

You should take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090.

If you are unable to take ESM 1090, you should take ESM 1005 in the summer and EDFN 1090 in the fall.

You have met the GE B4 requirement.    Your first MATH course should be MATH 1100. After MATH 1100, you should take MATH 1150.  
Note that MATH 1100 does not meet the GE B4 requirement, but MATH 1150 does.

Your first MATH course should be MATH 1100.  You may choose to also enroll in the support course, MATH 1101 at the same time. After MATH 1100, you should take MATH 1150.  
Note that MATH 1100 does not meet the GE B4 requirement, but MATH 1150 does.

You should take MATH 1100 and MATH 1101.  After MATH 1100, you should take MATH 1150.  
Note that MATH 1100 does not meet the GE B4 requirement, but MATH 1150 does.

You should take ESM 1005 in the Early Start Program in the summer. In the fall, you should take MATH 1100 and MATH 1101. After MATH 1100, you should take MATH 1150.

Note that MATH 1100 does not meet the GE B4 requirement, but MATH 1150 does.

You have met the GE B4 requirement. Your major does not have any additional math requirements.

You should take any one of the following courses: MATH 1002, MATH 1092, EDFN 1092 or PHIL 1080. You may choose instead to take the supported versions of these courses: MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090.

If you don't take ESM 1090,  then you should take MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081 in the fall.

You should take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090.
If you are unable to take ESM 1090, you should take ESM 1005 in the summer and then MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081 in the fall.

You have met the GE B4 requirement. The MATH class you take next depends on your option.
Elementary teaching options: MATH 1100
Culture and Society option: MATH 1002, MATH 1092, EDFN 1092 or PHIL 1080.

The MATH class you take next depends on your option.
Elementary teaching options: MATH 1100
Culture and Society option: MATH 1002, MATH 1092, EDFN 1092 or PHIL 1080.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1005 in the Early Start Program in the summer. The MATH class you take in the fall depends on your option.

Elementary teaching options: MATH 1100 and MATH 1101

Culture and Society option: MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090, or PHIL 1081.

In the summer, you should register for ESM 1005. The MATH class you take in the fall depends on your option.

Elementary teaching option: MATH 1100 and MATH 1101

Culture and Society option: MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090, or PHIL 1081.

You have met the GE B4 requirement.  Your major does not have any additional math requirements.

To meet your GE B4 requirement, your major department recommends that you take MATH 1002.
You may also choose to take the supported version of this course: MATH 1000.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1005 in the Early Start Program in the summer.

Your major department recommends that you take MATH 1000 in the fall.

You should take ESM 1005 in the Early Start Program in the summer.
Your major department recommends that you take MATH 1000 in the fall.

You have met the GE B4 requirement. The MATH class you take next depends on your option.

Bridge to CLS Option:  (all of precalculus is required for career advancement)
MATH 1040 (usual path for most)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1085 (okay)
 
Health Science Option (only one semester of precalculus is required; the second semester is taken as a free elective because it is needed in order to take BIOL 1200)
MATH 1040 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1085 (usual path for most)

The MATH class you take next depends on your option.

Bridge to CLS Option:  (all of precalculus is required for career advancement)
MATH 1040 (usual path for most)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1085 (okay)
 
Health Science Option (only one semester of precalculus is required; the second semester is taken as a free elective because it is needed in order to take BIOL 1200)
MATH 1040 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1081 +  MATH 1085 (usual path for most)

You are encouraged to take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions). Then in the fall you would take Math 1083 or Math 1085. Math 1085 is the usual choice for the Health Science Option.

If you don't take ESM 1082 in the summer, then the MATH class you take next depends on your option.

Bridge to CLS Option:  (all of precalculus is required for career advancement)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1085 (okay)
 
Health Science Option (only one semester of precalculus is required; the second semester is taken as a free elective because it is needed in order to take BIOL 1200)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1085 (usual path for most)

You should take ESM 1082 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to MATH 1082 (Precalculus: Functions). Then in the fall you would take Math 1083 or Math 1085. Math 1085 is the usual choice for the Health Science Option.

If you don't take ESM 1082 in the summer, then the MATH class you take next depends on your option.

Bridge to CLS Option:  (all of precalculus is required for career advancement)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1085 (okay)
 
Health Science Option (only one semester of precalculus is required; the second semester is taken as a free elective because it is needed in order to take BIOL 1200)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1083 (okay)
MATH 1082 +  MATH 1085 (usual path for most)

You have met the GE B4 requirement. Your major does not have any additional math requirements except that you may want to take MATH 1092 or EDFN 1092 to meet 3 units of the Anthropology Skills Requirement.

You should take any one of the following courses: MATH 1002, MATH 1092, EDFN 1092 or PHIL 1080. You may choose instead to take the supported versions of these courses: MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081.

Note that MATH 1090, MATH 1092, EDFN 1090 and EDFN 1092 can also be used to meet 3 units of the Anthropology Skills Requirement.

You are encouraged to take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090. If you don't take ESM 1090, then you should take MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081 in the fall.

Note that ESM 1090, MATH 1090 and EDFN 1090 can also be used to meet 3 units of the Anthropology Skills Requirement.

You should take ESM 1090 in the Early Start Program in the summer. This course is equivalent to EDFN 1090. If you are unable to take ESM 1090, you should take ESM 1005 in the summer and then MATH 1000, MATH 1090, EDFN 1090 or PHIL 1081 in the fall.

Note that ESM 1090, MATH 1090 and EDFN 1090 can also be used to meet 3 units of the Anthropology Skills Requirement.

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