The University of Arizona

Math Course Placement

Admitted incoming students, please first go to the Math Placement section of your Next Steps Center.  

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Course Eligibility Requirements

Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement. In order to register for a math course, you must satisfy the course's prerequisite and eligibility criteria. Students can meet the eligibility requirements for UA Math courses through Math Department approved prerequisite course work, completed generally within the last 2, or through the  PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test). The PPL Assessment is for entry into courses at or below the level of Calculus I.  Incoming first year students can qualify through recent SAT I MSS (Math) or ACT Math scores.  

You can find some additional course information in the table below, or through the following links:

Scores and Prerequisites for 2021-2022 Academic Year

See the list of courses and registration requirements below.PPL Assessment scores in the table below are percentages.  Test scores are good for one year. SAT/ACT placement is for first year students only and scores must be recent.  The Math 100 Final MCLG is for UA Math 100 students only. These scores can change at the discretion of the Math Department and are updated each February.  PPL1 and PPLN are proctored PPL Assessment scores.  Note that placement into a particular UA MATH course does not guarantee any particular grade in the course.

 

Course

Course info

Registration Requirement

Test scores listed below expire after 1 year.  

 

Minimum
 PPL1/PPLN (1 year)

Minimum
SAT I MSS /ACT Math (Freshmen only, 1 yr)

Minimum
Math 100 final exam MCLG
(1 year)

Math Dept Approved Prerequisite or

Transfer Credit

(taken within last 18 months, non-incoming freshman)

Other Information

MATH 100 Math Lab 

0-39

(0-29 for Math 106 /107 majors ONLY)

n/a

n/a

 

n/a

Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 106, 107, 108, or 112. Students do not need test scores to enroll in Math 100. Transfer, Arizona Online, and continuing students can qualify without any test scores. 

MATH 106 Patterns, Functions & Modeling

30

530/21 40 Intermediate Algebra (Pima MAT 097 or 122)  Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 106. Consult your advisor before enrolling as this course is generally for students in the College of Education. Not a prerequisite to Math 112. 

MATH 107

Exploring and Understanding Data

30

530/21 40 Intermediate Algebra (Pima MAT 097 or 122)  Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 107. Consult your advisor before enrolling. Not a prerequisite to Math 112. 

MATH 108

Modeling with Algebra and Trig

40

560/24  55 n/a  Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 108. Consult your advisor before enrolling as this course is generally for students in Architecture or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. 
MATH 112 College Algebra

40

560/24

55

n/a  Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 112.
MCB 181R Biology

40

560/24

55

n/a  Most students take this after completing CHEM.
CHEM 141/151
PHYS 102/181

Chemistry

Physics

60 610/26 n/a

College Algebra (UA Math 112) or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher

 Many students take Math 100, Math 112, then CHEM/PHYS

MATH 113

 

Elements of Calc

 

60 640/26

n/a

College Algebra (UA Math 112) with a grade of C or higher or UA Math 108 with a grade of C or higher

Most students first take Math 112. However, if MATH 113 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112.

MATH 116

Calc Concepts for Business

60 640/26 

n/a

College Algebra (UA Math 112) with a grade of C or higher

AND MIS 111 or ABE 120

 Most students first take Math 112. However, if MATH 116 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112. MIS 111or ABE 120 is still required. 

MATH 119A

Mathematics of Biological Systems:a Calculus Based Approach

60 640/26 

n/a

College Algebra (Math 112)

 Most students first take Math 112. However, if MATH 119A is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112. Consult your advisor before taking this course as it only applies to Biology, EEB, MCB, Physiology, and a few other majors. 

MATH 120R

Calc Preparation

60 640/26 

n/a

College Algebra (Math 112)

 Most students first take Math 112. Math 120R should be taken by student who need Math 122A/B and don't place into it through PPL or other scores.

MATH 163
MATH 263

Basic Stats
Intro to Biostats

60 640/26 

n/a

College Algebra (UA Math 112) or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher  

 MATH 163 or 263 should be completed after a student has completed their foundation math requirement (Math 112, 113, 122B, etc. depending on Major) .
MATH 302A Math for Elementary Ed I

60

n/a

n/a

Patterns, Functions & Modeling (UA Math 106)  or Math 107  This course is reserved for certain majors in the College of Education.  

ISTA 116
SBS 200  AREC 239

Statistics Courses

(non-MATH)

60 640/26  n/a College Algebra (UA Math 112) or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher Consult your advisor before enrolling in one of these courses. 
CSC 110 Computer Programming I

60

640/26 

n/a

College Algebra (UA Math 112) with a grade of C or higher, or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher  
MATH 122A Functions for Calc 75 660/28 n/a A grade of C or higher in Precalculus (UA Math 120R)  Most students first take Math 120R. Students need a C or higher in Math 122A to proceed to Math 122B. 
MATH 122B First Semester Calc n/a n/a n/a A grade of C or higher in MATH 122A  

MATH 125

Accelerated Calc

92 730/32 n/a

AP AB score of 3 or higher

Most students take Math 122A/B instead of Math 125. Math 125 is accelerated and designed for first year students who have high scores who just completed AP calculus. 
CHEM 161/163 Honors Chem/lab 92 730/32 n/a n/a  
MATH 129 Calc II n/a n/a n/a AP AB score of 3 or higher, AP BC score of 3,
C or higher in Math 122B/125 or equivalent . No date restriction. 
 
MATH 223
MATH 254
Vector Calc
Dif Eqn
n/a n/a n/a AP BC score of 4 or 5,
C or higher in Math 129 or equivalent.  No date restriction.
 
MATH 313
Linear Algebra n/a n/a n/a AP BC score of 4 or 5,
Math 129 or equivalent.  No date restriction.
 

 

  To find out about other courses, you can view the catalog.