Academic Advising

Math Pathways

All students at Wright State University have to take a course to satisfy a mathematics requirement. The correct course depends upon the student’s major. This page contains information on the six existing options and the pathways for completing the requirements. Contact your academic advisor to find out which option is appropriate for your major. Find your advisor. A student’s path to completion depends on their Math Placement Level (MPL). Visit the MPL Policy page to find out how your MPL is calculated.

On this page:

College Algebra Pathway

If your MPL score is 21 or lower:

  1. Register for DEV 0970, Basic Algebra (4 credits)
    1. If you pass all 5 modules, register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)
    2. If you pass 3 or 4 modules, register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits), and DEV 0280, Foundations for College Algebra (2 credits)

If your MPL score is 25 or 30:

  1. Register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)

View a graphical version of the College Algebra Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options
  • Take the math placement test to increase your MPL.
  • If you have taken basic or intermediate algebra at another institution, submit your course syllabus to your academic advisor for evaluation.

Quantitative Reasoning Pathway

If your MPL score is 20 or lower:

  1. Register for DEV 0450, Foundations for Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) and MTH 1450, Math and the Modern World (3 credits)

If your MPL score is 21 or higher:

  1. Register for MTH 1450, Math and the Modern World (3 credits)

View a graphical version of the Quantitative Reasoning Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options
  • Take the math placement test to increase your MPL.
  • Register for MTH 1440, Math and the Modern World (4 credits), if your MPL score is 20. This class devotes more time to prerequisite material.
  • If your MPL is lower than 21, you may register for DEV 0970, Foundations for College Algebra (4 credits), to meet the prerequisite requirement for MTH 1450. Consult with your academic advisor, as this option will take longer to complete.
  • If you have taken basic algebra at another institution, submit your course syllabus to your academic advisor for evaluation.

Calculus Pathway

MTH 2300, Calculus I Pathway

If your MPL score for calculus or applied calculus is 24 or lower:

If your MPL score for calculus is 25 or 30:

  1. Register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)
  2. Pass MTH 1280, then register for MTH 1350, Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry (3 credits)
  3. Pass MTH 1350, then register for MTH 2300, Calculus I (4 credits)

If your MPL score for calculus is 40:

  1. Register for MTH 1350, Analytic Geometry and Trigonometry (3 credits)
  2. Pass MTH 1350, then register for MTH 2300, Calculus I (4 credits)

If your MPL for calculus is 50 or higher:

  1. Register for MTH 2300, Calculus I (4 credits)

MTH 2240, Applied Calculus Pathway

If your MPL score for applied calculus is 25 or 30:

  1. Register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)
  2. Pass MTH 1280, then register for MTH 2240, Applied Calculus (4 credits)

If your MPL score for applied calculus is 40 or higher:

  1. Register for MTH 2240, Applied Calculus (4 credits)

View a graphical version of the Calculus Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options

Business Calculus Pathway

If your MPL score for calculus or applied calculus is 24 or lower:

If your MPL score for calculus or applied calculus is 25 or 30:

  1. Register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)
  2. Pass MTH 1280, then register for MTH 2280, Business Calculus (4 credits)

If your MPL score for calculus or applied calculus is 40 or higher:

  1. Register for MTH 2280, Business Calculus (4 credits)

View a graphical version of the Business Calculus Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options

Statistics Pathway

Ask your academic advisor whether STT 1600, Statistical Concepts, or STT 2640, Elementary Statistics, is right for you. Your major, in part, determines the correct choice.

STT 1600 Statistical Concepts Pathway

If your MPL score is 20 or lower:

  1. Register for DEV 0600, Foundations for Statistical Concepts (2 credits) and STT 1600, Statistical Concepts (4 credits).

If your MPL score is 21 or higher:

  1. Register for STT 1600, Statistical Concepts (4 credits)

STT 2640 Elementary Statistics Pathway

If your MPL score is 24 or lower:

  1. Register for DEV 0970, Basic Algebra (3 credits)
    1. Pass all five modules, then register for STT 2640, Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
    2. Pass three or four modules, then register for DEV 0990, Intermediate Algebra (2 credits)
      1. Pass DEV 0990, then register for STT 2640, Elementary Statistics (4 credits)

If your MPL score is 25 or higher:

  1. Register for STT 2640, Elementary Statistics (4 credits)

View a graphical version of the Statistics Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options
  • Take the math placement test to increase your MPL.
  • If you need STT 1600 and your MPL is 20 or lower, take DEV 0970 to meet your prerequisite requirement for STT 1600. Consult your academic advisor, as this option takes longer to complete.
  • If you have taken basic or intermediate algebra at another institution, submit your course syllabus to your academic advisor for evaluation.

Early and Middle Childhood Education Pathway

If your MPL score is 21 or lower:

  • Register for DEV 0970, Basic Algebra (4 credits)
  • Pass three or more modules of DEV 0970 and register for MTH 2410, Mathematics Concepts for Teachers I (3 credits)

If your MPL score is 23 or higher:

  • Register for MTH 2410, Mathematics Concepts for Teachers I (3 credits)

View a graphical version of the Early and Middle Childhood Education Pathway (PDF)

Additional Options
  • Take the math placement test to increase your MPL.
  • If you have taken a basic algebra course at another institution, submit your course syllabus to your academic advisor for evaluation.