Mathematics Placement

Southern requires all students to complete a Math course (MAT 103 or higher depending on your major) to fulfill the general education Quantitative Reasoning requirement. You will start in MAT 100P or a higher MAT course based on your placement level.

First, please log into the MySCSU student portal to verify that you have a Math placement level:

  • Go to Banner Web
  • Select Student Services
  • Select Student Records
  • Select Test Scores and Placements
  • If a Math Placement (MAT) score is present, you have a placement level
  • If a Math Placement score is not present, you do not have a placement level

If you do not have a placement level, please submit one or more of the following to admissions@southernct.edu, to help ensure you receive an appropriate schedule at orientation:

  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Advanced Placement exam scores (AP
  • High school official transcript

You may also be required to complete the Mathematics Assessment prior to attending orientation to obtain or improve your placement score.

There is no passing or failing of the assessment, as every student will be placed at some level. The assessment does not measure what you once knew or what you could do if you tried harder. The math placement assessment is used to place students into a mathematics course at an appropriate level so that, with reasonable effort, the student has a good chance of success. Since some mathematical skills are easily forgotten, especially when not used on a regular basis, a review is advisable prior to taking the math placement assessment; see Mathematics Assessment for more information and study guides.

You may take the following courses based on your SAT or ACT placement level:

Placement Level

Placement Criteria

You are eligible to take...

MAT 095

  • SAT Math 200-520
  • SAT Math sub score 10-26
  • ACT 1-19

MAT 100P (3 credits, requires 2 additional math lab hours).

MAT 105

  • SAT Math 530-560
  • SAT Math sub score 26.5-28
  • ACT 20-22

The course above plus MAT 100MAT 103, or MAT 105 (3 credits, chosen major may require specific course).

MAT 112

  • SAT Math 570-800
  • SAT Math sub score 28.5-40
  • ACT 23-36

Any course above plus MAT 107MAT 108, or MAT 112 (3 credits, chosen major may require a specific course).

Note: If you are taking an AP or Early College Math course, but will not have your scores by your orientation session, your schedule will be adjusted when your official AP/ECE transcripts arrive later in the summer. If you have not requested your official transcripts to be sent to Southern, please do so as soon as possible.

   

You may take the following courses based on your high school transcript if all of the following are satisfied:

  • You have an overall GPA of 3.40 or higher on a 4-point scale, and
  • You completed a full-year mathematics course your senior year, and
  • You completed three or more years of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, IB Mathematics Analysis & Approaches (SL/HL), and/or IB Mathematics Applications & Interpretations (SL/HL).

Placement Level

Placement Criteria

You are eligible to take...

MAT 112

  • Algebra II (B or better)
  • Precalculus (C or better)
  • Calculus (C or better)
  • AP Statistics (B or better)

MAT 107MAT 108, or MAT 112 (3 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from this list).

MAT 125

  • Precalculus (B or better)
  • Calculus (B or better)
  • AP Calculus (C or better)
  • IB Mathematics Applications & Interpretations 2 SL (B or better)
  • IB Mathematics Applications & Interpretations 2 HL (C or better)

Any course above plus MAT 120 , MAT 122, or MAT 125 (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list).

MAT 150

  • AP Calculus (B or better)
  • IB Mathematics Analysis & Approaches 2 SL (B or better)
  • IB Mathematics Analysis & Approaches 2 HL (C or better)
  • Precalculus or Calculus (B or better) with trigonometry included, and SAT 600-800, contact math.chair@southernct.edu for details.

Any course above plus MAT 120MAT 122MAT 125MAT 139MAT 150, and MAT 221 (3 or 4 credits, chosen major may require a specific course from the list).

Note: Students with a documented math learning disability may be provided substitution course options through the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services.

If you transfer in the equivalent of MAT 103 or higher, then you have may have fulfilled the general education Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Depending on your major, you may also be required to complete a higher math course and Math placement will be based on the following guidelines:

You transfer in:

You are eligible to take...

None/Lower than 095 MAT 100P

MAT 095

MAT 100P or 100.

MAT 100

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, or 112.

MAT 108

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, or 260

MAT 112

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125 or 260.

MAT 120

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 221, or 260.

MAT 124 or 125

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112,120, 122, 124, 125, 139, or 260.

MAT 122

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 150, 221, or 260.

MAT 139

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 178 (if the CSC 152/DSC 101 prerequisite is met), 221, 260 or 300.

MAT 150

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 150, 151, 178 (if the CSC 152/DSC 101 prerequisite is met), 221, 260, 300, or 372.

MAT 151

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 150, 151, 178 (if the CSC 152/DSC 101 prerequisite is met), 221, 245, 250, 252, 260, 300, 322 (if the CSC 152/DSC 101 prerequisite is also met), or 372.

MAT 178

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 178 (if the CSC 152/DSC 101 prerequisite is also met), 221, 260, or 300.

MAT 221

MAT 103, 105, 107, 108, 112, 120, 122, 124, 125, 139, 221, or 260.

Note: Transfer students may not use SAT/ACT scores, high school grades, or MAT 103/105/107 transfer courses to establish placement into higher level classes.
   

You may also be required to complete the Mathematics Assessment to obtain or improve your placement score.

This should be completed prior to attending your Transfer Advising meeting if you would like to take a Math course during your first semester at Southern. There is no passing or failing of the assessment, as every student will be placed at some level. The assessment does not measure what you once knew or what you could do if you tried harder. The math placement assessment is used to place students into a mathematics course at an appropriate level so that, with reasonable effort, the student has a good chance of success. Since some mathematical skills are easily forgotten, especially when not used on a regular basis, a review is advisable prior to taking the math placement assessment, see Mathematics Assessment for more information and study guides.