Math Course Formats

The Mathematics Program offers a broad range of credit courses including arithmetic, algebra, calculus and differential equations, as well as various applied courses, such as statistics and business math.


Course descriptions and class times can be found in the online class schedule.

There are, however, some factors you should consider before choosing which math course to take:

  • Has it been a long time since you last took and/or passed a math course?
  • Are you really nervous about math?
  • Are you planning to take a lot of credit hours or some very difficult courses?
  • Will your life be so busy that it will be difficult for you to spend enough time studying outside of class? (Typically, you should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours outside of class for every hour you are in class.)
  • Do you struggle with motivation and self-discipline?
  • Do you think you will miss more than two or three classes during the semester?

If you answered "yes" to several of the questions above, you might consider enrolling in a math class that is lower than the math class you tested into. In addition, you should consider the different formats by which our math classes are taught, and choose the style that will best fit your needs.

Moderate-Paced Traditional: Most of our courses have at least one section taught in this format. These classes meet one hour per day, and will cover the material at a moderate pace. If the class is a 3-credit course, then in this format the class will meet three days per week. If the class is a 4 or 5 credit course, then it will meet 4 or 5 days per week.

Two-Day Traditional: Many of our courses are also offered in a 2-day format. A three-hour course will meet for an hour and 15 minutes per day, and a 5-hour course will meet for two hours and 15 minutes per day. Although the 2-day classes meet the same number of minutes during the semester as the moderate-paced classes, there is more material covered each day. Because so much material is covered each day, it will seem like these classes move at a faster pace. These classes are not recommended for students who answered “yes” to more than one of the questions above.

Slow-Paced Traditional: Some of our 3-credit-hour courses (MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 116, and MATH 171) are offered in a 5-day format. These classes can earn 3 credit hours, but meet in class for 5 hours per week. The material that is covered is the same as the other courses, but the material is covered at a slower pace.

One-Day Traditional: Many math classes are also offered in sections that meet one day each week (usually evenings or weekends). Because so much material is covered each day, it will seem like these classes move at a very fast pace. In order to be successful in one of these classes, you will have to be able to focus for long periods of time, rarely miss class, and retain large amounts of information.

Late-Start Traditional: Some of our 3-credit-hour courses (MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 116, and MATH 171) are offered as late-start classes. They do not begin until 4 weeks into the semester, and meet 4 hours per week for the last 12 weeks of the semester. They do move at a faster pace, but are quite useful if you discover you are over your head in your current math course and need to drop back a course.

Eight-Week Traditional: All summer courses are offered in an eight-week semester. In these settings, a 3 credit course will meet 6 hours per week, and a 5 credit course will meet 10 hours per week. The material that is covered is the same as in other sections, but the material is covered at a faster pace.

Computer Mediated: Some of our 3-credit-hour courses (MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 116, and MATH 171) are offered in a computer-mediated format. The material that is covered is the same as in other sections, but computer software is the primary instructional vehicle.

Online: Some courses are also offered online. In these courses, instruction is delivered through a regular textbook and through online materials, and an on-campus final exam is required. Online courses are not self-paced. They have regular deadlines, and must be completed by the end of the semester.

Self-Paced: Some courses are offered in a self-paced format. In these courses, independent study is required, and testing occurs on campus. You may enroll at any time during the year, and take up to one year to complete the course. List of self-paced math courses.

In addition, Quick Step Plus sections of our college algebra course are offered at high school campuses to allow students to have opportunities for dual credit. Interested high school personnel should see Quick Step Plus for Algebra Enrollment (PDF).