Placement
The main objectives for advising students taking math courses are.
Tools to achieve these objectives are can be found in this simplified placement grid. Placement for higher level courses is also available. See below for details.
Developmental Math Status
The Texas Success Initiative requires the university to provide mathematical development for some students. Students identified in this way are called Developmental Math Students. All other students are College Level Math students. Developmental Math Students are those who are placed in MATH 0399 or MATH 0398 by the local placement process (described below). Students move from Developmental Math status by scoring at least 350 or higher on the MATH TSI or complete MATH 0300 with a grade of C or above. Such students need to have their math registration supervised by the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA). College Level Math students are all others. They should be taking math courses that satisfy their core curriculum requirement, their degree requirements or electives.
Levels of MATH Courses
Introductory MATH courses are offered at the following levels.
Courses at a given level are prerequisites for the courses at the next level.
The Placement Process
Placement in MATH courses uses the following criteria. Tables are printed below to give details of how the criteria are used. The overall placement is the highest resulting placement from the individual criteria.
Placement from External Test Scores
Use this grid to find the best course of action for you:
Notes:
*Only students TSI liable in math are required to be in developmental math. All others are eligible to enroll in a level III or higher course based on above chart.
Placement is at the highest level by any indication. Students must be in TSI compliance.
Placement is at the highest level by any indication. Students must be in TSI compliance.
Students not college ready may retest on the TSI, complete MATH 0300, or complete a non-course based option. Contact CASA for details on becoming college ready.
Placement by the above scheme can be challenged through a local exam. Contact Academic Testing - (361) 825-2334.
Any “≈” must be determined by the Math Department, located on the third floor of Center for Instruction (CI 301).
^Minimum scores for New SAT Math test taken March 2016 and forward per Admissions and SAT Concordance Tables.
Placement by previous College/University Course
Credit with a grade of C for a course taken at TAMUCC or accepted in transfer at a given level serves as prerequisite for courses at the next higher level. Note: Developmental Math courses (Levels 1, 2) are generally not posted on SIS but are accepted as prerequisites if a transcript is shown to the MATH program.
Local Placement Exam
The Office of Academic Testing administers the math course placement. The Algebra & Core Test and the Calculus Readiness Test are for the students that want to challenge their placement in a college-level math course. An outline of topics for the local placement exam is available.
Process:
For detailed Math Placement Exam Information, go here.
Registration
Prerequisites for MATH classes are as posted in the university catalog and are enforced through registration controls. Students incorrectly excluded from courses for which they have prerequisites should contact the Mathematics Program at 825-2459 and be prepared to show how they meet the prerequisites. Exceptions to Course enrollment caps require Math Coordinator and College of Science and Technology Dean approval. Forms requesting the exception are available from the College in FC 179 or from the department in CI 301.