College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Mathematics Course Suggestions (BA)

BA General Education Requirement: 3 Hours

Courses that meet the mathematics requirement are those at the 100 level or above except for MATH 245 and MATH 246.

Students whose ACT subtest score in mathematics is less than 19 (SAT 450 or less; SATR 490 or less) are required to enroll in an appropriate developmental mathematics course during the first semester of enrollment and to remain in the course until receiving a passing grade or until passing the placement exam administered by the Department of Developmental Studies.

Those students who only need 3 hours of math credit for a Bachelor of Arts degree should take MATH 115: Elementary Statistics or MATH 120: Quantitative Reasoning. Depending on how successful a student was in high school algebra or trigonometry, he/she might take MATH 121 or MATH 123 even if calculus is not on the horizon.

After completing MATH 261 with a grade of C or higher, students may not receive credit for MATH 121, 125, or 267.

MATH 115. Elementary Statistics. A perfect math credit for any Liberal Arts student who will interpret and communicate in the modern world of information overload. Future readers of professional journals should benefit greatly. The course touches on statistical graphs, normal distributions, hypothesis testing, etc.

MATH 120. Quantitative Reasoning is a course meant to help students with “everyday” math. One of the topics is personal finance (mortgages, car loans, retirement accounts, etc.), and another topic is basic statistical reasoning. The course wouldn’t go into the same depth of statistics as Math 115, but it should teach students to read a newspaper article with stats. Other topics include basic set theory and logic.

MATH 121. College Algebra. A traditional course focusing on algebraic concepts and skills. Topics include solving various types of equations and inequalities, characteristics of linear and quadratic graphs, and an exploration of the function concept – linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, and logarithmic. This is an excellent algebraic preparation for MATH 267, Calculus for Business. Note that the course cannot be booked if Math 261 has been completed with a grade of C or better.

MATH 123. Trigonometry. A full semester introduction to the concepts of trigonometry: radian measure of angles, definition of the trig ratios from the unit circle and from right triangles, trig graphs, identities, equations, etc. Prerequisite: minimum ACT mathematics score of 19 (SAT 450 or SATR 510); or ACT mathematics score of 17 (SAT 410 or SATR 460) or mathematics score of 18 (SAT 430 or SATR 490) and ALEKS PPL score of 61; or Math 121; or the successful completion of DS 099, if required.

MATH 125. Basic Mathematics for Science and Engineering. An algebraic and trigonometric preparation for MATH 261. This is a rigorous course for students who need an algebra refresher. The trig part of the course serves as a sufficient introduction to the subject for those students who did not take a high school trigonometry class. Note that the course cannot be booked if Math 261 has been completed with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: minimum ACT mathematics score of 19 (SAT 450 or SATR 510); or ACT mathematics score of 17 (SAT 410 or SATR 460) or mathematics score of 18 (SAT 430 or SATR 490) and ALEKS PPL score of 61; or Math 121; or the successful completion of DS 099, if required.

MATH 261. Unified Calculus and Analytic Geometry. The introductory semester of calculus for majors in mathematics, engineering, physics, biology, pharmacy, etc. Prerequisite: minimum ACT mathematics score of 24 (SAT 560 or SATR 580); or B minimum in Math 121 and 123; or B minimum in Math 125 or ACT mathematics score of 17 (SAT 410 or SATR 460) or 18 (SAT 430 or SATR 490)and ALEKS PPL score of 76. The course covers limits, continuity, and differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions. Note the undergraduate catalog: After completing Math 261 with a C or higher, students may not receive credit for Math 121, Math 125, or Math 267.