The Transfer Math Sequence you choose will depend on your major and your transfer
destination. See a counselor for more information.
Multiple measures, including high school transcripts, are now being used to help determine
proper placement of students into Mathematics courses. The Math Placement Test is
recommended but not required of all entering freshmen to assist with placement. Students
transferring to College of San Mateo with credit in college Mathematics can use their
transcripts to assist with placement, bypassing the need for placement testing.
Prerequisites are listed in the descriptions of Mathematics courses in the catalog
and the web schedule. Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required
for all prerequisite courses. Prerequisites may be met by showing proof of satisfactory
completion of an equivalent course at a post-secondary institution.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
A review of the core prerequisite skills, competencies, and concepts for intermediate
algebra. Intended for students who are concurrently enrolled in MATH 120, Intermediate
Algebra, at College of San Mateo. Review topics include: computational skills developed
in pre-algebra, the vocabulary of algebra, translation from English to algebra, and
evaluation of literal expressions and functions. Topics covered in more depth include:
solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables, solving
and graphing systems of equations in two variables, factoring, algebraic operations
on polynomial and rational expressions, solving quadratics using factoring, and rational
equations. Recommended for students with little or no recent knowledge of algebra.