Which transfer-level mathematics course should you take after Intermediate Algebra (101)?

Students should consult the preparation-for-the-major articulation agreements located in the Transfer Center at Oceanside and the Counseling Office at SEC for specific math requirements for their transfer major. 

103: Statistics

Statistics is the study of data. In statistics, analytical and critical thinking are more important than the symbol manipulation that is common in an algebra course, and the problems are from the real world rather than from the  abstract world. Graphing calculator and/or computer technology is an important ally in analyzing real world data. An understanding of the basic concepts and practices of statistics is important for students in any discipline where data play an important role — such as social, behavioral, physical and biological sciences. This course is an introduction to statistics  which will prepare students to appreciate and understand the quantitative aspects of other disciplines and of life itself. Transfers to UC and CSU; meets Area B4 for CSU GE and Area 2 for IGETC.  Many baccalaureate majors in Social Science and Science require a course in Statistics. 

105: Concepts and Structures of Elementary Mathematics I

In Math 105, students study the underlying concepts of arithmetic and other basic structures of mathematics. The class is usually taught using collaborative learning with little or no lecture, where students work together in small groups both during and outside of class as they help each other discover and learn the material, often by exploring with hands-on objects manipulatives). Parents of school-age children are often able to immediately apply the knowledge gained from this course to help their children understand their own studies. The foundations of elementary mathematics are studied at a sophisticated level in an informal class setting. It requires a lot of work, critical thinking and learning on one’s own, but because there is a lot of peer and teacher support, the drop-out rate is low and the class is a rewarding, relevant experience for most. Students probably even remember and use what they learn. There may be a service learning requirement helping in an elementary school for 8-10 hours during the semester. Liberal arts majors are usually required to take Math 105. For more info., call Julie Harland at 757-2121, ext. 6387. This course may be used for CSU GE, but does not qualify for IGETC. It transfers as an elective for UC, but may not be used to meet the math requirement for UC admissions. 

115: Calculus with Applications

This course is designed for students majoring in business, economics and the life and social sciences. The goals are to present the basic concepts and techniques of calculus to students and to demonstrate how calculus can be used to build models and solve problems in various disciplines. We start with a review of the material necessary for the understanding and manipulation of algebraic expressions. We begin calculus as soon as possible and present it in an intuitive way so that students with a good intermediate algebra background will be able to follow. Verbalization of mathematical concepts, results and processes is encouraged. This course is a giant leap from Intermediate Algebra but students feel a sense of accomplishment and an improvement in both their critical thinking and their mathematical skills by the end of the semester. Students planning to transfer into Business majors are usually required to take this course. This course may be used for CSU GE and IGETC. 

125: College Algebra

This course is a continuation of the study of algebra. Students review solving algebraic equations and inequalities, study graphs of linear, quadratic, higher-degree polynomial, rational, and inverse functions, and continue their study of exponential and logarithmic functions. College Algebra is required for some majors at various four year colleges and universities. This course may be used for CSU GE and meets Area 2 for IGETC. It transfers to UCcampuses as an elective; however, there is a credit limitation of 4 units for UC when combined with Math 135. 

130: Trigonometry

This course is a prerequisite for (or may be taken as a corequisite with) Math 135 (Precalculus). It is also a prerequisite for Math 150 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry). It involves the study of the trigonometric functions, their graphs, trigonometric identities and equations. Trigonometry has evolved from its use by surveyors, navigators, and engineers to present applications involving ocean tides, the rise and fall of food supplies in certain ecologies, brain wave patterns, and many other phenomena. This course meets Area B4 for CSU GE but does not qualify for IGETC. 

135: Precalculus

This course is a prerequisite for Math 150 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry) which is usually required for Science, Computer Science, Engineering and some Psychology and Business majors. Topics covered include linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and conics. Students learn how algebra can be used as a modeling language for real-life problems. This course meets CSU GE and IGETC math requirements.