Department of Mathematics and Statistics

First Year Math Courses

What math course do I take?

The California State University Chancellor's Office issued Executive Order 1110 requiring all first-year students to attempt a college-level mathematics/quantitative reasoning course within their first year.

Based on your math placement level (determined by multiple measures during admission or an ALEKS PPL(opens in new window) proctored assessment) and your declared major, you will be advised or pre-enrolled in math courses using the following criteria:

GE Math Fulfilled

Your placement category indicates that you have completed the GE B4 mathematics/quantitative reasoning requirement.

Depending on the college credit you have been awarded and your declared major, you may still need to complete additional math courses for your major.

If you are pursuing a STEM major that requires calculus (MATH 120 or 109) and do not have credit for calculus or precalculus*, you should assess with ALEKS PPL to determine your readiness.

GE Math Ready

Your placement category indicates that you are ready for GE B4 mathematics/quantitative reasoning.

Your major may advise you to take specific math courses for your program. If not, you can choose a General Education B4 Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics to meet the requirement.

If you are pursuing a STEM major that requires precalculus or calculus (MATH 120 or 119 or 109), you should assess with ALEKS PPL to determine your readiness.

Ready for GE Math with Support

You will be pre-enrolled into a designated GE Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) course paired with a support course in your first or second semester (see the University Catalog for a detailed explanation). See below for course options based on major or advising suggestions.

  • MATH 101: Patterns of Mathematical Thought with Support

    Available for:

    • Students in majors that do not specify a GE B4 math requirement. Students may also opt for MATH 105+005L.

    MATH 101 satisfies Area B4 and has embedded support using ALEKS.

  • MATH 105 and 005L: Intro to Statistics with Support

    Required for:

    • Agriculture options
    • Biology*
    • Computer Information Systems*
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Nutrition and Food Sciences
    • Pre-Nursing
    • Social Work
    • Optional choice for students in majors that do not specify a GE B4 math requirement. Students may also opt for MATH 101.

    MATH 105 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 005L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

    *Biology and Computer Information Systems majors should consult with your major advisor, calculus may be the more appropriate course.

  • MATH 107 and 07L: Finite Math for Business with Support

    Required for:

    • Business Administration: All Options
    • Business Information Systems: All Options

    MATH 107 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 007L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

    MATH required in the BADM majors: MATH 107 and 007L, and 108.
  • MATH 110 and 010L: Concepts & Structures of Mathematics with Support

    Required for:

    • Liberal Studies: All Options
    MATH 110 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 010L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

    MATH required in the LBST major: MATH 110 and 010L, 210, and 310.

  • MATH 116 and 016L: College Algebra with Support

    Required for:

    • Advanced Manufacturing & Applied Robotics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology*
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Computer Science, Computer Engineering
    • Concrete Industry Management
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
    • Environmental Science
    • Geology
    • Geosciences
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering
    • Natural Sciences
    • Physics

    MATH 116 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 016L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

    *Biology majors consult with your major advisor, statistics may be a more appropriate course.

    MATH required in majors above will depend on the major program. Most STEM majors will complete at least MATH 118 for the major but, most will continue a math progression.

Ready with Support, Early Start Required

You will be pre-enrolled into a designated science or math course in your first semester (either GE B1 or B2 paired with a MATH 031 support course or MATH 198 & UNIV 101. In your second semester, enroll in GE Math/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) course paired with a support course (see the University Catalog for a detailed explanation). See below for course options based on major or advising suggestions. 

  • CIVL 175 and MATH 031B

    CIVL 175: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering and MATH 031B are for students with the following majors:

    • Advanced Manufacturing & Applied Robotics
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Concrete Industry Management
    • Construction Management
    • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronic Engineering

    In Math 031B, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they have learned in the corequisite science course. CIVL 175 satisfies Area B2 Life Science.

  • BIOL 102 and MATH 031B

    BIOL 102: Introduction to Living Systems and MATH 031B are recommended for students in the following majors:

    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Science
    • Geology
    • Geosciences
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences
    • Physics
    • Students whose majors have no specific Area B2 Life Science requirement.

    In Math 031B, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they have learned in the corequisite science course. BIOL 102 satisfies Area B2 Life Science.

  • ERTH 130 and MATH 031G

    ERTH 130: Introduction to Environmental Science and MATH 031G is recommended for students in the following majors:

    • Students with a major that does not specify a Area B1 Physical Science requirement.

    In Math 031G, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they have learned in the corequisite science course. ERTH 130 satisfies Area B1 Physical Science.

  • MATH 198 and UNIV 101

    MATH 198: Problem Solving for Student Success and UNIV 101: Intro to University Life is recommended for students in the following majors:

    • Students with a major that does not specify a Area B1 Physical Science or B2 Life Science requirement or Area E Lifelong Learning

    In MATH 198: Problem Solving for Student Success, students learn about number sense, probability, quantitative reasoning, numerical patterns and more.

    In UNIV 101: Intro to University Life, students learn about scholarship of place to get to know Chico and Chico State. This course is designed for first-year students only and provides additional mentorship and transition tools for success in college. 

  • PSSC 101 and MATH 031P

    PSSC 101: Introduction to Plant Sciences and MATH 031P is recommended for students in the following majors:

    • Agricultural Business
    • Agricultural Science
    • Animal Science
    • Plant and Soil Science
    • Students with a major that does not specify a Area B2 Life Science requirement. 
    In Math 031P, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they have learned in the corequisite science course. PSSC 101 satisfies Area B2 Life Science.
  • SCED 101 and MATH 031N

    SCED 101: Introduction to Earth System Science and MATH 031N is recommended for students in the following majors:

    • Students with a major that does not specify a Area B1 Physical Science requirement.
    In Math 031N, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they have learned in the corequisite science course. SCED 101 satisfies Area B1 Physical Science.