Placement exams and introductory courses

Course prerequisites ensure that students are placed into courses in which they are likely to succeed. The Department of Mathematics enforces a prerequisite policy for most of its courses, but the mathematics placement exam can be used to place into MAT 1000 (placement into this course is no longer required as of fall 2018), 1050 (will be replaced with MAT 1070 starting fall 2020), 1070 (offered beginning fall 2020), 1110, 1120, 1800, 2010, 2210, and STA 1020 (placement into this course is no longer required as of fall 2018). This policy applies to new, continuing, transfer, and graduate students.

Placement into introductory courses

  • Students who are taking a course for the third or fourth time will need to follow a special process. Please email mathundergrad@wayne.edu for further information
  • Students may visit Advising Works to schedule an appointment with a Department of Mathematics academic advisor to discuss their placement situation
  • Students intending to take MAT 0993 are not required to take the placement exam, although it is recommended

When to take the placement exam

The mathematics placement examination must be taken prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student wants to take the course. Consult the Math Placement and Quantitative Experience guide for the placement exam schedule, registration instructions, and other information.

Courses and exams

  • MAT 0993: Beginning Algebra

    MAT 0995 is a three credit course which carries no degree credit. There are two options: 1) a computer-based course meeting in the Mathematics Computer Lab (MCL). Each student must complete a minimum of three hours per week in the MCL in addition to attending the two-hour regular class meeting or 2) the Rising Scholars Program.

    Topics

    • Review of arithmetic, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios
    • Algebra: solving equations and inequalities, algebraic expressions, graphing, problem-solving

    Prerequisites

    MAT 0993 is the first course in the Wayne State Developmental Mathematics program. Students should take the mathematics placement exam to determine their current level of mathematical knowledge. Students may enroll in MAT 0993 without taking the placement exam, but this is not recommended.

    Materials fee (computer-based course only)

    The fee, which is part of the tuition, covers the cost of access to MyMathLab. This gives the student access to all course materials, including the textbook, videos, homework, quizzes and tests.

    Grades 

    ANC, BNC, CNC, UNC (NC stands for "no credit" since this course carries no degree credit). Successful completion of this course (CNC or higher) qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 0995, MAT 1000, or MAT 1050. This prerequisite is valid for one year (three semesters).

  • MAT 1000: Mathematics in Today's World

    MAT 1000 is a three-credit course which studies some of the applications of mathematics to topics of general interest in today's society. Attaining a C or better in this course will meet the quantitative experience general education requirement. This course is not a prerequisite for any other math department course.

    This course does not require placement in order to be taken. However, if a student is attempting this course for a third or fourth time they will need to follow a particular procedure. Please email mathundergrad@wayne.edu for more information.

    Textbook

    The required textbook is For All Practical Purposes, Mathematics in Today's World, Tenth Edition, by COMAP.

    Topics

    An exploration of current applications of mathematics, such as gerrymandering, consumer mathematics, cryptography, identification numbers, art, music, statistical design, optimal decision making, and risk assessment.

    Prerequisites

    MAT 1000 is changing to reflect the new quantitative experience general education requirement. As a result, this course will no longer have a prerequisite. Any student can enroll, without restriction.

  • MAT 1050: Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry

    MAT 1050: Five credits (two credits towards graduation) five hours/week

    This is an intermediate algebra course that also includes an introduction to logarithms and trigonometry. Successful completion (C- or above) of this course qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 1110, MAT 1500, or MAT 1800 during the following year (three semesters).

    MAT 1050: Seven credits (three credits towards graduation) nine hours/week

    This option is referred to as PREP. Students who successfully complete PREP will be invited into the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP). This class is the same as MAT 1050 with the addition of a workshop that meets twice each week for two hours. During the workshop, students work in groups solving challenging mathematics problems. Students majoring in engineering, mathematics, mathematics education, or science should enroll in MAT 1050 PREP rather than the five-credit version.

    Topics

    • Algebra: Properties of the real number system, equations and inequalities, lines, graphs, introduction to functions, exponents, logarithms
    • Geometry and trigonometry: Basic concepts, introduction to the trigonometric functions, solving right triangles

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 1050 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam in the past 12 months
    • A grade of ANC, BNC, or CNC in MAT 0993 taken at Wayne State University in the past 12 months
    • A validated ACT math score of 21 or higher
    • A validated SAT math score of 500 or higher (before March 2016), or a validated SAT math score of 530 or higher (March 2016 or later)

    For placement at this level, students should have a command of numerical and beginning algebra concepts and techniques corresponding approximately to one year of high school algebra.

    E-book and online homework

    This course uses an e-book and online homework. You must have an access code, which is available at the campus bookstore.

    MAT 1050 students are encouraged to work online homework in the Mathematics Computer Lab, where tutors are readily available to assist.

    View past final exams for practice

  • MAT 1070 College Algebra

    A college algebra course with emphasis on functions. Some sections are offered by the Rising Scholars Program (RSP). These sections require departmental approval and must be taken with MAT 1075, a two-hour workshop. During the workshop, students work in groups solving challenging mathematics problems. Students majoring in engineering, mathematics, mathematics education, or science are encouraged to enroll in the RSP section. Email emergingscholars@wayne.edu for more information regarding the RSP sections. Offered Every Term.

    Topics

    • Properties of the real number system, equations and inequalities, lines, graphs, algebra of functions, modeling, exponents, logarithms, systems of equations and conic sections 
    • Introduction to trigonometry if time allows 

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 1070 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam in the past 12 months
    • A grade of ANC, BNC, or CNC in MAT 0993 taken at Wayne State University in the past 12 months
    • A validated ACT math score of 21 or higher or a validated SAT math score of 530 or higher in the past 24 months.

    For placement at this level, students should have a command of numerical and beginning algebra concepts and techniques corresponding approximately to one year of high school algebra.

    E-book and online homework

    This course uses an e-book and online homework. You must have an access code, which is available at the campus bookstore.

    MAT 1070 students are encouraged to work online homework in the Mathematics Computer Lab, where tutors are readily available to assist.

  • MAT 1110: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I

    MAT 1110 is a 3 credit course that meets for four hours each week. The extra hour will be used for students to work in groups using manipulatives. Successful completion of the course (C- or better) qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 1120 during the following 12 months.

    Topics

    • Problem-solving
    • Sets, functions
    • Reasoning
    • Number theory
    • Whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 1110 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam in the past 12 months
    • Grade of C- or better in MAT 1050 or MAT 1070 (which will be offered in Fall 2020 semester) taken at Wayne State University in the past 12 months
    • Validated SAT math score of 600 or higher, or a validated ACT math score of 26 or higher in the past 12 months
    • Post-baccalaureate students qualify by any of the above methods or by documenting to a math advisor the satisfactory completion of a college or university mathematics class at the level of precalculus or above

    For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry corresponding to approximately three years of college preparatory mathematics.

    Textbook

    • MATHEMATICS For Elementary Teachers, A Conceptual Approach, Ninth Edition, by Bennett, Burton, and Nelson
    • MATHEMATICS For Elementary Teachers, An Activities Approach, Ninth Edition, by Bennett, Burton, and Nelson
    • Manipulative Kit

    All three items may be purchased together for a discounted price. These will also be used for MAT 1120.

  • MAT 1120: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II

    MAT 1120 is a three-credit course that meets for four hours each week. The extra hour will be used for students to work in groups using manipulatives.

    Topics

    • Statistics
    • Probability
    • Geometry
    • Measurement

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 1120 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Grade of C- or higher in MAT 1110 taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months
    • Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam in the previous 12 months, and transfer of MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher
    • Validated SAT math score of 600 or higher, and transfer of MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher
    • Validated ACT math score of 26 or higher, and transfer of MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher
    • Post-baccalaureate students qualify by any of the above methods, or by satisfactory completion of a college mathematics class at the level of precalculus or above, and transfer of MAT 1110 equivalent with a grade of C or higher

    For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry corresponding to approximately three years of college preparatory mathematics.

    Textbook

    • MATHEMATICS For Elementary Teachers, A Conceptual Approach, Ninth Edition, by Bennett, Burton, and Nelson 
    • MATHEMATICS For Elementary Teachers, An Activities Approach, Ninth Edition, by Bennett, Burton, and Nelson 
    • Manipulative Kit

    All three items may be purchased together for a discounted price.

  • MAT 1800: Precalculus

    MAT 1800 is a four-credit course on elementary functions with trigonometry. Students in the Emerging Scholars Program must also enroll in the accompanying problem-solving workshop: MAT 1990, for a total of six credits. Successful completion (C- or above) of this course qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 2010 during the following year (three semesters).

    Topics

    • Basic definition and concept of a function
    • Definitions, properties and graphs of polynomials, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and inverse trigonometric functions

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 1800 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the previous 12 months
    • Grade of C- or better in MAT 1050 or MAT 1070 (which will be offered beginning Fall 2020 semester) taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months
    • A validated SAT math score of 620 or higher or a validated ACT math score of 26 or higher in the previous 24 months.

    For placement at this level, students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry, corresponding to approximately three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

    View past final exams for practice

    Online homework

    This course utilizes the WebAssign online homework system. You must have an access code, which is available at the campus bookstore.

    Textbook

    Precalculus, Mathematics for Calculus, 7th Edition, by James Stewart, Lothar Redlin and Saleem Watson. The textbook is available as an eBook that comes with your purchase of a WebAssign access code.

  • MAT 2010: Calculus I

    MAT 2010 is a four-credit course on Calculus. Students in the Emerging Scholars Program must also enroll in the accompanying problem-solving workshop: MAT 2110, for a total of six credits. Successful completion (C- or above) of this course qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 2020 during the following 12 months.

    Topics

    • Calculus is the study of change
    • Definitions, concepts, and interpretations of the derivative and the definite and indefinite integrals
    • Differentiation, integration, applications

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for MAT 2010 by having achieved one of the following:

    • Satisfactory score on the mathematics placement exam in the previous 12 months
    • Grade of C- or better in MAT 1800 taken at Wayne State University in the previous 12 months
    • A validated SAT math score of 670 or higher or a validated ACT math score of 29 or higher in the previous 24 months.

    Students should have a command of algebra and basic geometry, corresponding approximately to four years of college-preparatory mathematics.

    Textbook

    Calculus, Early Transcendentals, 7th Edition, by James Stewart

  • STA 1020: Elementary Statistics

    This course covers the basic concepts and some elementary methods in statistics with the use of mathematics for calculation and simple analysis. Having learned the materials contained in this course, a student should have some rudimentary knowledge about how data is collected, how to organize and to display data, how to interpret the results and how to draw conclusions from the results.

    This course does not require placement in order to be taken. However, if a student is attempting this course for a third or fourth time they will need to follow a particular procedure. Please email mathundergrad@wayne.edu for more information.

    Topics

    • Descrip­tive statistics
    • Correlation and regression
    • Notions in probability
    • Bino­mial and normal distributions
    • Testing hypothesis

    Textbook

    The required textbook is Beginning Statistics by Carolyn Warren, Kimberly Denly, & Emily Atchley, 2nd ed.

  • STA 2210 Probability and Statistics

    Sophomore level course covering Probability & Statistics

    Topics

    • Basic probability theory (definition of probability, conditional probability, independence, random variables, expectation and variance, normal distribution, law of large numbers, central limit theorem)
    • Descriptive statistics (histograms, scatter plots, box plots, mean, variance, quantiles, empirical rule, z-scores), statistical inference (confidence intervals for mean, t-tests, chi-square tests, linear regression, analysis of variance) and data analysis. Offered Every Term.

    Prerequisites

    Students qualify for STA 2210 by having achieved one of the following:

    • MAT 1800 with a minimum grade of C- 
    • MAT 2010-2350 with a minimum grade of C- 
    • A validated SAT math score of 670 or higher (after March 2016) or a validated SAT math score of 650 or higher (before March 2016)
    • A validated ACT math score of 29 or higher in the previous 24 months