First-Year Success in Mathematics and Statistics
Welcome to CSUMB! As a new student, one of your first goals will be to choose your first-year classes. As you do so, you should think about which classes will best support your success in the first year and throughout your college career. With few exceptions, every first-year student will take a general education mathematics course. Choosing which first-year math courses to take means exercising Habits of Mind that support academic excellence. Specifically, you need to reflect on your strengths, consider where you need support, plan for your goals, and take responsibility for your own success.
In order to provide you the information and guidance you need to make a thoughtful choice, we require all students who have not otherwise met the first-year general education (GE) requirements to complete reflective experiences that will introduce you to the expectations of college-level work. When you have completed those experiences, you will respond to surveys inviting you to think about the work you just did and your previous preparation. Those surveys will result in recommendation for our first-year course. After you have reviewed your options, you will make your own decision about the course in which you enroll.
First-Year Mathematics and Statistics Courses
We have several interesting and applicable mathematics and statistics courses that support students in their general education and major, categorized as B4: Mathematics. Some programs and majors require a specific mathematics or statistics course, while other programs and majors have no specific requirement and you get to choose which course will be most useful or interesting to you. See the list below for some guidance, but always check with your major adviser to be sure you are taking the right course.
Mathematics and Statistics Support Courses for First-Year Success
Since not everyone has the same experience with mathematics and statistics, we offer Support Courses to review important concepts, deepen your understanding of the content in your first-year mathematics/statistics class, and offer you strategies for learning math/stats. To help you determine which first-year mathematics/statistics course is best for you, we have developed an online experience called “Choosing Your First-Year Mathematics/Statistics Course.” The experience will guide you to the best mathematics/statistics course for your intended career/major and and help you determine whether a support course might help you be more successful based on your own reflection on your experiences, skills, and expectations.
Here is a list of our first-year mathematics and statistics courses and the support courses to consider:
- MATH 100: Quantitative Literacy (3 units)
- MATH 115: Finite Mathematics (3 units)
- STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units)
- MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units)
- MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units)
EdReady Online Learning and Assessment
The CSUMB Mathematics and Statistics Department is offering supplemental mathematics practice for CSUMB students planning to take MATH 100: Quantitative Literacy (3 units), MATH 115: Finite Mathematics (3 units), MATH 130, or STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units). Students can access this free, and self paced resources on your dashboard.
Many majors in the College of Science require MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) (and beyond), but many students take MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) first, depending on their previous math experience. To determine if you should take MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) before MATH 150: Calculus I (4 units) please see our Calculus Placement information.
Majors that require MATH 150, but for which students may need to take MATH 130: Precalculus (5 units) first are indicated with an asterisk*
Here are the current requirements for different majors, but as always please check the catalog associated with your major for the current requirements.
|Program||Required First Year Math Class||Recommended|
|College of Science|
|Biology*||MATH 150||MATH 130|
|Communication Design||STAT 100|
|Computer Science||MATH 130|
|Environmental Science, Tech & Policy*||MATH 150||MATH 130|
|Environmental Studies||STAT 100|
|Marine Science*||MATH 150||MATH 130|
|Mathematics*||MATH 150||MATH 130|
|Statistics*||MATH 150||MATH 130|
|College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||STAT 100|
|Visual & Public Art||Any B4||STAT 100 or MATH 100|
|Cinematic Arts & Technology||Any B4||STAT 100 or MATH 100|
|Music||Any B4||STAT 100 or MATH 100|
|Humanities & Communication||Any B4|
|Japanese Language & Culture||Any B4||STAT 100|
|Spanish Language & Hispanic Cultures||Any B4||STAT 100|
|Global Studies||Any B4||STAT 100|
|College of Business|
|Business Administration||MATH 115 or MATH 130|
|Sustainable Hospitality Management||MATH 115|
|College of Education|
|Liberal Studies||MATH 100|
|Human Development & Family Studies||Any B4||STAT 100|
|College of Health Sciences and Human Services|
|Collaborative Health & Human Services||STAT 100|