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Math Pathways

All students at Wright State University must take a course to satisfy a mathematics requirement. The correct course depends upon your 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 academic advisor. Your path to completion depends on your 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 is 21 or lower:

  1. Register for MTH 1270, Introduction to Functions and Modeling (4 credits), and DEV 0270, Basic and Intermediate Algebra (2 credits)
    1. If you pass MTH 1270 with a C, register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits), and DEV 0280, Foundations for College Algebra (2 credits)
    2. If you pass MTH 1270 with a B or higher, register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits)
    3. If you fail MTH 1270, or only pass with a D, you must retake MTH 1270 before moving on to College Algebra (although a D in MTH 1270 may count for a core math course if you change majors - see your advisor)

if your MPL is 24:

  1. Register for MTH 1280, College Algebra (4 credits), and DEV 0280, Foundations for College Algebra (2 credits)

If your MPL 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 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 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.
  • If your MPL is lower than 21, you may register for DEV 0270, Basic and Intermediate 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 is 24 or lower:

If your MPL 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 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 is 50 or higher:

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

MTH 2240, Applied Calculus Pathway

If your MPL 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 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 is 24 or lower:

If your MPL 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 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 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 is 21 or higher:

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

STT 2640 Elementary Statistics Pathway

If your MPL is 21 or below:

  1. Register for MTH 1270, Introduction to Functions and Modeling (4 credits), and DEV 0270, Basic and Intermediate Algebra (2 credits)
    1. If you pass MTH 1270 with a B or higher, register for STT 2640, Elementary Statistics (4 credits)
    2. If you fail MTH 1270, or only pass witih a C or D, you must retake MTH 1270 before moving on to Elementary Statistics (although a D in MTH 1270 may count for a core math course if you change majors - see your advisor)

If your MPL 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 0270 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.

Elementary and Middle Childhood Education Pathway

If your MPL is 21 or lower:

  • Register for DEV 0415, Foundations for Elementary Mathematics Concepts for Teachers (2 credits) and MTH 2415, Elementary Mathematics Concepts for Teachers (4 credits)

If your MPL is higher than 21:

  • Register for MTH 2415, Elementary Mathematics Concepts for Teachers I (4 credits)

View a graphical version of the Elementary and Middle Childhood 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.
  • If your MPL is 21 or lower, register for DEV 0410, Introductory Algebra (4 credits) to meet the prerequisite requirement for MTH 2415. Consult with your academic advisor as this option will take longer to complete.