All entering students are required to take the Math Placement Exam, with the following exceptions:

- students who transfer in college credit for Math 159, 160, 170, or 210;
- students who score 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement AB calculus exam, and who report their score to Allegheny;
- students who score 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement BC calculus exam, and who report their score to Allegheny;
- students who score 3 on the Advanced Placement BC calculus exam with a 4 or 5 on the AB subscore of this exam, and who report their score to Allegheny.

The Math Placement Exam determines readiness for Calculus I (Math 160). It consists of 30 questions covering algebra, pre-calculus, and trigonometry topics: geometry and measurement; algebraic manipulation; equations, inequalities, and factoring; trigonometry; functions and their notation, including linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; graphs of functions; and word problems and modeling.

#### The Math Placement Exam places students into one of two categories:

#### For students who place in Math 160:

- Students who are considering (even if currently undecided) a major or minor in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Geology, OR
- Students who are considering a major or minor in Computer Science but who are also interested in Mathematics
*are strongly encouraged to take Math 160 in the Fall*.

#### For students who place in Math 110/157/159:

## Student InterestStudents who are considering a major or minor in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Geology, OR Students who are considering a major or minor in Computer Science but who are also interested in Mathematics. |
## Recommended PlacementMath 159 (Precalculus) in the Fall and Math 160 (Calculus I) in the Spring |

Students who need a calculus course (for example for Biology or Economics) but who do not need the more theoretical Math 160 | Math 157 (Calculus I for Social and Life Sciences) |

Students who want a math course that will count toward natural science distribution credit, but who do not need calculus | Math 110 (Elementary Mathematical Modeling) |

**
Math 159 Precalculus** is a signature course intended solely to prepare students for Math 160. It cannot be taken by a student with prior calculus credit and does not count toward the QR distribution requirement or toward a major or minor in mathematics.

**Math 157 Calculus I for Social/Life Sciences** does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics and cannot be taken by a student with prior calculus credit.

**Math 110 Elementary Mathematical Modeling** cannot be taken by a student with prior calculus credit and does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics.