Auburn University

Mathematics Placement Instruction

Mathematics Placement for students enrolled in Fall 2015 or later will be done according to their ACT MATH scores or their SAT MATH equivalents. See the following chart for the prerequisites. For transfer students without ACT MATH or SAT MATH scores, they will need to take the Math Placement Test and the cutoff scores are given in the third column. Such students should contact Carolyn Donegan at donegca@auburn.edu, 334-844-6597, 221 Parker Hall.

Remark: Students enrolled prior to Fall 2015 will be placed according to Chart 2.

CHART 1: Math Placement Chart for AU Students Enrolled in Fall 2015 or later 

Course

ACT MATH/SAT MATH score prerequisite

Math placement test score prerequisite
(if no ACT/SAT math scores)

MATH 1000, 1003

none required

none required

MATH 1100, 1103, 1120, 1123

at least 22/520

at least 52

MATH 1130, 1133

at least 23/540

at least 60

MATH 1150, 1153

at least 23/540 or  “C” or above in MATH 1000/1003

at least 60

MATH 1610, 1613, 1617, 1710

at least 26/600 or “C” or above in MATH 1130/1133/1150/1153

at least 76

MATH 1680, 1683

at least 25/580

at least 68

MATH 1620, 1623, 1627, 1720

“C” or above in MATH 1610/1613/1617/1710; or AP credit or transfer credit

“C” or above in MATH 1610/1613/1617/1710; AP credit or transfer credit

MATH 2630, 2637, 2730

“C” or above in MATH 1620/1623/1627/1720; or AP credit or transfer credit

“C” or above for in MATH 1620/1623/1627/ 1720; AP credit or transfer credit

MATH 2650

“C” or above in MATH 1620/1623/1627/1720 P/C: MATH 2630/2637/2730

“C” or above in MATH 1620/1623/1627/1720 P/C: MATH 2630/2637/2730

Higher level courses

credit for prerequisite courses

credit for prerequisite courses

Remark: The math placement test is graded on a scale of zero to 100.

For information about AP credit, click http://www.auburn.edu/administration/registrar/helpful_resources/enrollment/ap-ib-clep-information.html 

CHART 2: Math Placement Chart for AU Students Enrolled before Fall 2015 

NOTE: All courses require High School Geometry and Second Year High School Algebra.

COURSE

Score requirements

Alternate prerequisite   courses

MATH 1000 College Algebra

No placement score requirement

No prerequisite

MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics

At least 34 on math placement test

No prerequisite

MATH 1120 Pre-Calculus Algebra

At least 48 on math placement test

or MATH 1000

MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

At least 56 on math placement test

or credit for MATH 1120

MATH 1150 Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry

At least 64 on math placement test

or credit for MATH 1000

MATH 1610 Calculus I

At least 72 on math placement test

or credit for MATH 1130 or 1150

MATH 1680 Business Calculus I

At least 72 on math placement test

or credit for MATH 1120

MATH 1620 Calculus II

AP credit on AB Calculus exam

or credit for MATH 1610

Remark: The math placement test is graded on a scale of zero to 100.

For information about AP credit, click

http://www.auburn.edu/administration/registrar/helpful_resources/enrollment/ap-ib-clep-information.html

Understanding My Score

I. How do I find my score?

If you enrolled in Fall 2015 or after, your Math Placement score is your ACT/SAT MATH score.

If you have enrolled before Fall 2015 and have taken the online Math Placement Test, Log into Canvas (auburn.instructure.com) and click “Courses & Groups” in the blue bar at the top of the page. Your Math Placement Test scores will be displayed on the grades page. You can contact Carolyn Donegan at donegca@auburn.edu, 334-844-6597, 221 Parker Hall, if you have questions.

II. What is my mathematics placement?

The above charts list the beginning mathematics courses and the scores and other prerequisites required in order to enroll in them. Which course you should take will depend on both your placement and the requirements of your major.

III. Which math do I need to take for my intended course of study?

See www.auburn.edu/majors for all available majors. A list of the CORE mathematics for each major can be found below at item VI.

IV. What if my best score does not allow me to register for the first mathematics course in my curriculum?

We encourage you to prepare yourself during the summer and take the appropriate course during Fall. Completion of the appropriate course will allow you to be placed in a higher-level course. You should discuss this option with your advisor.

V. Summary of Freshman Level Mathematics Courses http://bulletin.auburn.edu/coursesofinstruction/math/

MATH 1000 College Algebra does not satisfy the core mathematics requirement, but elective credit is possible.  Students who feel that they have deficiencies in mathematics should take this class in preparation for further studies in mathematics.  The course is designed to prepare students for all of the pre-calculus courses.

All the remaining mathematics courses satisfy the core mathematics requirement.  The minimum requirement for all these courses is completion of high school geometry and second year high school algebra; knowledge of trigonometry is a requirement for MATH 1610 Calculus I.

MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics and Applications (3 credit hours) is designed for students who do not plan to take any further courses in mathematics.  It is not a prerequisite for any other mathematics course.

MATH 1120 Pre-Calculus Algebra (3 credit hours) covers the prerequisite material for MATH 1130 and 1680. 

MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (3 credit hours) covers trigonometry, this material is necessary for calculus 1610 (as well as 1617 Honors Calculus and 1710 Calculus for engineering and science programs).  Students who plan to take calculus 1610 and who have not had trigonometry in high school will need this material.

MATH 1150 Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry (4 credit hours) covers the material from 1120 and 1130 at a faster pace.

MATH 1610 Calculus 1 is the first course of the calculus sequence that is designed for students in engineering and science programs.  MATH 1617 is the honors version of the course. Knowledge of the material in MATH 1130 or 1150 is prerequisite for this class.

MATH 1710 is calculus for engineering and science students and begins with the concept of vectors and uses examples from the sciences and engineering; Knowledge of the material in MATH 1130 or 1150 is prerequisite for this class.

MATH 1680 Calculus with Business Applications 1 is the first calculus course designed for business students.  Trigonometry is not required for this course therefore MATH 1680 cannot be used as prerequisite for MATH 1620 Calculus 2; the material in MATH 1120 is prerequisite for this class.

VI. CORE Mathematics Requirement by College and Major 

Nutrition (Nutrition Science Option)

MATH 1610

CORE MATH REQUIREMENT BY COLLEGE AND BY MAJOR

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Business and Economics

MATH 1680

Agricultural Communications

MATH 1130

Agronomy and Soils

MATH 1130

Animal Sciences

MATH 1130

Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures

MATH 1610

Horticulture

MATH 1130

Poultry Science

MATH 1130

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Architecture

MATH 1610

Building Science

MATH 1610

Graphic Design

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Industrial Design

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Interior Architecture

MATH 1610

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

All majors and all programs require:

MATH 1680

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Teacher Education Programs                   

Agriscience Education

MATH 1130

Business and Marketing

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Early Childhood

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Elementary Education Program

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

English Language Arts

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Foreign Language Education

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

General Science (Biology)

MATH 1610

Chemistry Education 

MATH 1610

Physics Education 

MATH 1610

Social Science Education  (History)

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Geography Education 

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Mathematics Education 

MATH 1610

Music Education

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Physical Education 

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Early Childhood Special Education

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Collaborative Teacher Education

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Non-teacher Education Programs

Exercise Science

MATH 1150

Fitness, Conditioning, and Performance

MATH 1150

Physical Activity and Health

MATH 1150

Rehabilitation Services

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

SAMUEL GINN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

All majors and all programs require:

MATH 1610

SCHOOL OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES

Professional Forestry

MATH 1610

Wildlife Ecology and Management

MATH 1610

COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES

Nutrition (Nutrition Science Option)
All other majors and programs require:

MATH 1610
MATH 1150

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Anthropology

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Art

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Communication

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Communication Disorders

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Economics

MATH 1680

English

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

French

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

German

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Health Services Administration

MATH 1680

History

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Journalism

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Music

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Philosophy

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

       Religious Studies Option

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Political Science

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Psychology

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Public Administration

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Public Relations

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Radio, Television, and Film

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Social Work

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Sociology

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Spanish

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

Theatre

MATH 1100 or MATH 1120

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Nursing

MATH 1120

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

All majors and all programs require:

MATH 1610

Important Contacts
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
College of Sciences and Mathematics
221 Parker Hall
Auburn, Alabama 36849-5310
Telephone:  334-844-4290
FAX:  334-844-6555

Last updated: 04/06/2015