Which Developmental Math Course Do I Take?
Once it is clear you need a developmental mathematics course, determining which course to take can be confusing. To begin, you should ask yourself the following question.
Do I need College Algebra for my major? This is the important question that will help you and your advisor determine which developmental mathematics course is right for you.
Yes, I need College Algebra for my major.
If you need College Algebra for your major, there are two routes to get there.
- If your Math ACT is 19 you only need Math 093 to be prepared for your course. You should obtain the Hawkesl Learning "combination" software.
- If your Math ACT is below 19 you need both Introductory Algebra and Intermediate Algebra. To save money we are offering a combination course so you can buy only one software package for both courses. You should buy the Introductory/Intermediate Combination software.
No, I don’t need College Algebra for my major.
If you do not need College Algebra for your major, then your major requires either Math 131 or Math 135. There are two options.
- If your Math ACT is 19 you do NOT need to take a developmental course to take either of those courses.
- If your Math ACT is less than 19: You should take Math 090 (Applied Algebra) using the PreAlgebra software.
I don't know if I need College Algebra.
The safest bet is simply to register for MATH 091.
If you do not know the requirements for your major, there are two important resources you should be using: the Undergraduate Catalog, and your academic advisor. For help contacting your academic advisor, call the department of your major or program area. For further assistance, you may contact the Office of First Year Programs and Academic Services at 606-783-5208.
If you are undecided on a major, an advisor is available for you through the Office of First Year Programs and Academic Services. You may contact them at 606-783-5208.
What kind of learner am I? This is another important question that will help you and your advisor determine which type of class is right for you based on your individual study habits and learning needs. We offer three types of developmental math classes.
Individualized Instruction: Individualized Instruction classes have been designed for the student who can move through the course quickly and for the student who needs extra-time. It is based on a “mastery” approach. A student must demonstrate that he/she has mastered the necessary skills on a given chapter to move to the next unit. You may finish the course as early as midterm or you may take 2 semesters (will have to pay tuition for second semester as well.) You must finish at least the first three units assigned (including the tests, with at least 70%) the first semester and must take no more than two semesters to finish a course, when enrolled in an individualized instruction class. Lab and class attendance is required.
Lecture: The Lecture class is great for the student who isn’t a self-starter, but not great for the student who needs more individual attention and extra time. This class will have an Instructor lecture the material daily. Students must do their homework on a schedule and must take the test on schedule whether homework is finished or not. You will either pass this course with a C or better or take it again without saving any work and beginning the course all over again. Lab and class attendance is required.
Internet (on-line): Students do not meet with the Instructor so it is great for the student who cannot meet classes because of a job or distance from school. This class is the same as individualized instruction as far as taking tests are concerned but students do not have a lab or attendance grade