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Developmental Mathematics Courses

Developmental Mathematics Requirement

Students who enter college with inadequate academic preparation (as measured by placement exams) must take developmental mathematics. All developmental mathematics courses (except MA 025, Accelerated Algebra) have a laboratory component. Tutoring is provided in the mathematics laboratories.

Students who place into developmental mathematics are required to register for that course in their first semester. Once started, the developmental math sequence must be completed in consecutive semesters.  Students enrolled solely in Developmental Education, Developmental Education-paired, ELS, ELS-paired, COL 103, career certificates or short term certificate of achievement programs that do not have mathematics courses in their curriculum, are not required but are encouraged to begin their developmental math courses in conjunctions with these classes.  Further exemptions can be granted by the chairperson of students’ degree program.

Developmental Mathematics Sequence:  The sequence consists of computational and algebra levels (see chart below). Students must successfully complete the course requirements with a grade of “C” or higher in order to proceed to the next course. The courses are:

  • MA 010A Basic Mathematics A 
  • MA 010B Basic Mathematics B
  • MA 010  Basic Mathematics 
  • MA 025 Accelerated  Algebra  (see chart below)
  • MA 025A Elementary Algebra A
  • MA 025B Elementary Algebra B

When a student completes Ma 010B, Basic Mathematics B, or MA 010, Basic Mathematics, with a grade of “B” or higher, the student may register for MA 025, Accelerated Algebra, which is the one-semester algebra course. If a student completes MA 010B, Basic Mathematics B, with a grade of “B-,” “C+,” or “C,” the student must register for MA 025A. Nursing students and students who require MA 108 or certain Science courses, must complete MA 025 or MA 025B, Algebra B. Students are required to pass the basic skills test in algebra before being permitted to register for a college-level mathematics course. It is highly recommended that students complete their developmental math requirements within their first year. The sequence is shown in chart form below.

Developmental Mathematics Sequence

Computational Level

MA 010A  Basic Mathematics A

MA 010  Basic Mathematics

 MA 010B  Basic Mathematics B


If a grade of “B-,” “C+,” or “C” is earned in MA 010 B or MA 010, take:

If a grade of “A” or “B” is earned
in MA 010B or MA 010, take:

 Algebra Level

MA 025A  Algebra A

 MA 025  Accelerated Algebra *

 MA 025B  Algebra B *

* Required for certain programs among them:  Nursing, Radiography, Business, Health Information Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors. Check with an advisor for the minimum math placement for your program of study.