Fall 2014 Undergraduate Catalog
Academic Policies

Mathematics and Statistics

Entry Level Courses
The selection of a mathematics course should reflect the student's college requirements, major requirements, mathematics preparation, and interests. Flexibility should also be considered, since students often change majors or colleges. The information below provides an overview of the 1000-level mathematics courses to assist the student in making an informed course selection. Students are encouraged to contact a representative of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics or their academic advisor. Additional information is available at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website: http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/math/.

The Math Course Maps show the sequencing of Math courses. MATH 1310, the first course in the standard calculus sequence, is required for all students in the Bachelor of Science degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it satisfies the mathematics requirement for the B.S. in Business Administration degree and is required or recommended for a variety of additional majors. MATH 1310 provides a high degree of flexibility in meeting requirements and is prerequisite to the higher-level mathematics curriculum and courses in other areas.

The MATH 1340-1350 sequence includes all the topics from MATH 1310. Completion of this sequence is equivalent to completion of MATH 1310 in terms of requirements and prerequisites.

MATH 1260 includes topics from differential calculus, integral calculus, and some matrix theory. It satisfies the mathematics requirement for all specializations in the B.S. in Business Administration degree and some majors in other degree programs. This course does not satisfy the mathematics requirement for the Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, nor does it satisfy some major or program requirements in other areas, including some minors in the College of Business Administration. Students who complete MATH 1260 and subsequently change to a program of study in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or the natural sciences may be required to take MATH 1310 and possibly MATH 1280, MATH 1290, or MATH 1300.

Because MATH 1310 satisfies all requirements met by MATH 1260, the department recommends that qualified students take MATH 1310, since it provides greater flexibility in meeting requirements and prerequisites.

MATH 1280 and MATH 1300 serve as preparatory courses for calculus students and also satisfy some program or degree requirements. MATH 1300 is an accelerated version of MATH 1280. MATH 1280 and MATH 1300 satisfy the prerequisites for both MATH 1260 and MATH 1310.

MATH 1290 satisfies some program requirements and, in combination with MATH 1200 or MATH 1220, prepares students for MATH 1310 or MATH 1340. It is offered only at BGSU Firelands College.

MATH 1210, MATH 1200, and MATH 1220 are College Algebra courses. MATH 1200 is offered only at BGSU Firelands College. The MATH 1210-1220 sequence is equivalent to MATH 1200 in terms of requirements and prerequisites. MATH 1210, 1200, and 1220 prepare students for MATH 1260 and also satisfy some program or degree requirements. In general, MATH 1280 and MATH 1300 will satisfy any requirement or prerequisite satisfied by MATH 1210, 1200, or 1220, so qualified students are advised to take MATH 1280 or MATH 1300 instead of MATH 1210, 1200, or 1220.

MATH 1150 is an introductory statistics course and is taken by students in various colleges to satisfy programmatic requirements or for general background purposes.

MATH 90 and MATH 95 are offered for students who are not prepared to enter higher-level mathematics courses. These courses are offered without credit toward any degree program.

Mathematics Placement
The mathematics placement examinations are designed to determine an appropriate first mathematics course. Placement testing and advice on course selection are available at Orientation and Registration sessions.

On main campus, students typically take their mathematics placement test online prior to attending a registration and orientation session. Transfer students also take the mathematics placement test online. Once on campus, students may petition to re-take the mathematics placement test by writing to placementtest@bgsu.edu. On the BGSU Firelands campus, placement is made using recent (less than one year old) ACT scores or by taking the COMPASS test. Students who want to take the COMPASS test for placement should contact the BGSU Firelands Student Services office (101 West Building).

Students are not allowed to take a course above their mathematics placement. This policy is strictly enforced for the benefit of the individual student and for the benefit of other students with appropriate placements. Historically, students who have taken a course above their mathematics placement have done worse than students who placed into the course.

Students are encouraged to review material and retake the placement test if they believe their placement is inappropriately low. On main campus, students may take the placement test a total of three times. Students on the BGSU Firelands campus who believe that their placement (via ACT or COMPASS) is inappropriately low are permitted to take (or retake) the COMPASS test only once in order to obtain a better placement.

Students are allowed to take a course which comes later in this list than the course they placed into: MATH 1310H, 1310, 1300, 1260, 1280, 1230, 1220, 1210, 95, 90.

Prerequisite Policy
Prerequisites are strictly enforced with exceptions made only by the instructor. A grade of A, B, C, or S must be earned in the prerequisite course(s).

Advanced Placement
Students who have taken a calculus course in high school may be eligible to enter the calculus sequence (MATH 1310, 2320, 2330) at the MATH 2320 or MATH 2330 level and may be eligible for credit for one or more calculus courses. These students are advised to take the Calculus AB or Calculus BC advanced placement examinations from the College Entrance Examinations Board given at their high school. Credit and placement depends on the test taken and the score received; see Registration Policies and Records Policies: Advanced Placement for full details and procedures.

Students who have taken the Statistics AP exam may get credit for MATH 1150. See the link above for details.