Department of Mathematics and Statistics

GE Math Placement

Completing First-Year Math at Chico State

The CSU is committed to providing students an equitable opportunity to succeed academically at the university and to provide rigorous instruction in GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning. Successful completion of mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses in the first year of enrollment establishes a foundation for continuous learning. 

Students will be pre-registered in their initial Math class based upon their assigned math placement level. In addition, some students may need to complete a supporting course along with their General Education math class.

The first year of math at Chico State will allow students to satisfy the General Education: B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Understanding Your Placement

The CSU uses Multiple Measures (PDF) of academic proficiency to determine the need for Early Start and for placement in general education math courses.

Students may be placed into college-level math courses or in supported college-level credit-bearing courses as determined by Admissions.  Some students may also be required to enroll in the summer Early Start Program prior to their first fall semester. 

Most students follow one of four Quantitative Reasoning sequences: 1) STEM or math-intensive majors, 2) Business, 3) Statistics, or 4) Liberal Studies (elementary school teaching).  Students' first math course will depend upon their chosen major.

Viewing Your Math Status

You can view your Math/Quantitative Reasoning placement status by accessing your Student Center.  Here you will view all of your student information, including, Holds/Notices and To Do List items. Students who have already completed GE Math upon admission or are Ready for GE Math will not see a notice in their Student Center.

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Support Classes for First-Year Math

Ready with Support

MATH 105 and 005L: Introduction to Statistics with Support - Students whose majors do not have a specific math requirement but who require additional support.  MATH 105 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 005L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 107 and 007L: Finite Math with Support - Students in the Business Administration options who require additional support.  MATH 107 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 007L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 110 and 010L: Concepts & Structures of Mathematics with Support - Students in the Liberal Studies options who require additional support.  MATH 110 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 010L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 116 and 016L: College Algebra with Support - Students in STEM or Math Intensive majors that require calculus and who also require additional support in the first year.  MATH 116 satisfies Area B4 but MATH 016L does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

Ready with Support/Early Start Required

Early Start Math -  MATH 290 is the first of three components of a stretched general education offering for students requiring Early Start Math and is a summer course. Students completing the stretch sequence will satisfy both a GE Science and the GE Math/Quantitative requirements. This first component is intended to prepare students for the corequisite math and science curriculum offered at CSU, Chico, and meets Early Start Math requirements. The course will include specific and relevant mathematics content: Number sense, graphical reasoning, and algebraic thinking. It will also emphasize familiarity with the processes and tools of the corequisite science course that students will take in the fall. This will include setting up and gaining familiarity with course content software, university processes, and other relevant campus information designed to support student success.

MATH 031B: Foundational Mathematics A - This course has a corequisite of either CIVL 175: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering for students with majors in the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management or BIOL 102: Introduction to Living Systems for students in the College of Natural Sciences as well as no specific Area B2 requirement. In Math 031B, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they've learned in the co-requisite science course. CIVL 175 and BIOL 102 satisfy Area B2, but MATH 031B does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 031P: Foundational Mathematics A - This course has a corequisite of PSSC 101: Introduction to Plant Sciences.  Choose this course if your major is in the College of Agriculture or if your major has no specific Area B2 requirement. In Math 031P, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they've learned in the co-requisite science course. PSSC 101 satisfies Area B2, but MATH 031P does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 031G: Foundational Mathematics A - This course has a corequisite of GEOS 130: Introduction to Environmental Science. GEOS 130 is recommended for students whose majors have no specific Area B1 requirement. In Math 031G, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they've learned in the co-requisite science course. GEOS 130 satisfies Area B1, but MATH 031G does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

MATH 031N: Foundational Mathematics A - This course has a corequisite of SCED 101: Introduction to Earth System Science. SCED 101 is recommended for students whose majors have no specific Area B1 requirement. In Math 031N, students learn math in context by reviewing and then applying what they've learned in the corequisite science course. SCED 101 satisfies Area B1, but MATH 031G does not count toward the bachelor's degree.

GE Math Sequence
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 Use this Course Sequence Map (PDF) as a guide.