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Developmental Mathematics

 

Courses

MATH 090 – Pre-Algebra: Pre-Algebra is a first course in algebra for students with no previous experience with algebra or who have been unsuccessful in attempting a course in Algebra at the secondary school level. It enhances logical reasoning and problem solving skills.  Successful completion of Pre-Algebra will allow a student to take General Problem Solving, Math for Technical Students or Introduction to Statistics. The course will develop methods of solving and graphing linear equations and problems involving real-life applications.

MATH 091 – Beginning Algebra: Beginning Algebra is a first course in algebra for students with no previous experience with algebra or who have been unsuccessful in attempting a course in algebra at the secondary school level. Beginning Algebra is a class for students who need to improve their mathematics foundation. It enhances logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Successful completion of Beginning Algebra will allow a student to take Intermediate Algebra”, “General Problem Solving”, “Math for Technical Students”, or “Introduction to Statistics”. The course will help students develop methods of solving and graphing linear equations and problems involving real life applications. 

MATH 093 – Intermediate Algebra: Intermediate Algebra is a course for students who need College Algebra for their major and did not score the required Math ACT score of 20. The only students in this class should be those who scored a 19 on the Math ACT or have already successfully completed Math 091. Intermediate Algebra is a class for students who need to improve their mathematics foundation. It enhances logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Successful completion of Intermediate Algebra will allow a student to take College Algebra. The course will develop methods of solving and graphing linear equations and problems involving real-life applications. 

 

Types of developmental courses

Individualized Instruction: Individualized Instruction classes are based on the “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 up to 2 semesters at an additional cost. Lab and class attendance is required. 

Lecture: Lecture classes require students to attend and participate in class and labs regularly.

Online: Online classes offer students the flexibility of working from home at their own pace.

Which developmental math course should you take?

Major requires College Algebra (MATH 152) 

 
Major requires either Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving (MATH 131) or Mathematics for Technical Students (MATH 135)

  • Students whose Math ACT score is 19 do NOT need to take a developmental course to take either of the required courses.
  • Students whose Math ACT score is less than 19  must take Pre-Algebra (MATH 090) using the Hawkes Learning PreAlgebra software.
If you are unsure of your major's requirements, contact your academic advisor or consult the Course Catalog. For further assistance, contact the Office of First Year Programs and Academic Services at 606-783-5208.

The courses in the developmental studies curriculum do not count as credit toward graduation. A student should not expect other institutions to accept this course for transfer credit

Grading Scale

Students taking Developmental Mathematics courses must receive a C or better to pass classes. Students must complete all assignments, exams and required activities to receive a passing grade. Final grades will be a weighted average of all of a student's work and will be assigned a letter grade as follows:

  • A - 90% or higher 
  • B - 80 – 89% 
  • C - 70 – 79% 
  • IP - Below 70% with the first three chapters successfully completed
  • E - Failure to complete at least the first three chapters successfully


What is an E?
E is a failing grade assigned to any student who did not successfully complete at least three chapters of certifications and tests in their first semester of the class, or to any student who does not complete the course in two semesters of work.


What is an IP?
A grade of IP means the student did not complete the entire class in one semester but did complete at least the first three chapters of the course. An IP does not lower the GPA; rather, it places a hold on the grade for a semester with no credit generated until the following semester. The IP will be changed according to the student’s progress in the second semester of taking the class. A student may earn an IP only once. 

 

 

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