# Our Math Courses

The following contains short descriptions of the math courses that students **typically take as their first math course** at Solano Community College. These descriptions are intended to help inform students
of the basic course content and some recommendations for placement. Every student
is unique, so we always encourage students to see an academic counselor in our Counseling Department when enrolling at Solano.

**Math 112 – Intermediate Algebra for Liberal Arts**

This course provides instruction that will develop students’ ability to solve problems with algebraic reasoning. It is intended for students who only need to fulfill the math requirement for graduation from Solano. Also intended for students who need Elementary Statistics or Mathematical Ideas as their terminal math course.

**Math 104 – Intermediate Algebra**

This course provides an extension of the fundamental algebraic concepts developed in elementary algebra. It is intended for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math as their major (and will need calculus), or students needing this course to fulfill a prerequisite for Nursing or Science.

**Math 103 – Plane Geometry**

This course provides the study of Euclidean (plane) geometry through conjecture, proof, and problem solving. It is intended only for students needing trigonometry or precalculus who did not pass a Geometry course already in high school.

**Math 011 – Elementary Statistics**

This course provides an introduction to elementary statistics and probability. Certain majors require this course for transfer to a university.

**Math 012- Mathematical Ideas**

This course provides an introduction to the diversity of mathematics with an emphasis on problem solving. It is intended for liberal arts students that need any transfer-level math course for their major.

**Math 002- Algebra for Calculus (College Algebra)**

This course provides rigorous transfer-level algebra designed for students who will take calculus. It is intended only for students needing calculus (MATH 20 series) who prefer to take trigonometry as a separate course, instead of precalculus.

**Math 051- Trigonometry**

This course provides the essentials of plane trigonometry to prepare students for subsequent studies in physics, calculus or related technical programs. It is intended only for students needing certain physics courses, or for students needing calculus (Math 20 series) that prefer to take Algebra for Calculus (College Algebra) as a separate course, instead of precalculus.

**Math 004 – Precalculus**

This course provides rigorous transfer-level algebra designed for students who will take calculus. It is intended only for students needing calculus (Math 20 series).

**Math 030 – Analytic Geometry And Calculus (non-STEM calculus)**

This course provides the first part of a two-semester sequence in analytic geometry and calculus. It is intended for certain students majoring in business and social sciences.

**Math 020 - Analytic Geometry And Calculus I (STEM calculus)**

This course provides the first part of a three-semester sequence in analytic geometry and calculus. It is intended for most students selecting majors in the STEM areas.

The following courses are considered developmental math. It is not recommended for students to take these courses due to how they extend the time needed to completion of most students' goals.

**Math 310 – Arithmetic**

This course provides instruction on basic mathematical computations designed to improve arithmetic skills and prepare the student for a prealgebra level math course. This course is not intended for most students as students with number sense should begin higher than this level.

**Math 320 – Prealgebra**

This course provides instruction in prealgebra, designed to prepare the student for transition into a beginning algebra course. It is intended for students who haven’t taken math in more than ten years, or who had unusual difficulty in algebra in high school.

**Math 330- Elementary Algebra**

This course provides instruction in beginning algebra, designed to prepare students for transition to associate-level mathematics (Intermediate Algebra). It is intended for students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math as their major or students needing this course to eventually fulfill a prerequisite for Nursing or Science, who also had difficulty with algebra in high school.

**Math 330A – Elementary Algebra (Part I)**

This course provides the first half of the course in beginning algebra, designed to prepare students for transition to associate-level mathematics (Intermediate Algebra). Pacing is slightly slower than Math 330. Note: It will take two semesters to complete the sequence and move on to associate-level mathematics, so it is not intended for most students.