Business Math Continuum

This Continuum chart is for students in majors relating to Business. All Business majors are required to take either the Applied Calculus I and II course sequence (MATH1044 and MATH1045) or the course Business Calculus (MATH1046). If a student does not yet meet the requirements to enroll in Applied Calculus, it is suggested that the student enroll in College Algebra (MATH1021) or STEM Prep 1 (MATH1023).

New SAT scores apply to scores dated beginning in 2019.

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Students whose test scores do not qualfiy them for MATH 1044 or MATH 1046 can take one of the following as a precursor: 


After completing either MATH1021 or MATH1023 (with a C- or better) students may then take MATH1044 Applied Calculus I followed by MATH1045 Applied Calculus II (C- or better in Math1044 required) or MATH1046 Business Calculus

MATH1021 College Algebra

  • 3 Undergraduate Credits
  • Prerequisite options (any of the following)
    430 Math Placement Test
    25 ACT
    670 new SAT scoring/ 650 old SAT scoring
  • Study of linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, systems of linear equations, systems of inequalities and modeling with functions
  • Following the satisfactory completion of this course students will continue the path into MATH1044.

MATH1023 Stem Prep Pathway I

  • 5 Undergraduate Credits
  • Prerequisite options (any of the following)
    420 Math Placement Test
    25 ACT
    670 new SAT scoring/ 650 old SAT scoring
  • This is the first course of a two-semester sequence designed to prepare students for Calculus and other STEM courses. This course aligns with the content of College Algebra (MATH 1021), covering linear, quadratic, polynomial, power, exponential, and logarithmic functions. It emphasizes a strong understanding of functions and their behavior by using multiple representations and explicit reasoning skills to investigate, describe, and interpret quantities, their relationships, and how these relationships change. Active and collaborative learning form the basis of the in-class lessons, while independent learning and strong study habits are fostered through out-of-class assignments. The curriculum adheres to the New Mathways Project Curriculum Design Standards and presents students with meaningful problems that arise from a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematical contexts. 
  • Following the satisfactory completion of this course, students continue the path into either MATH1024 or MATH1026. 

MATH1044 Applied Calculus I

  • 3 Undergraduate Credits
  • Prerequisite options (any of the following)
    570 Math Placement Test
    26 ACT
    700 new SAT scoring/ 670 old SAT scoring                                             
    C- or better in MATH1021 or MATH1023
  • The first part of a two semester sequence (MATH1044 and 1045) of courses on calculus appropriate for students in business and life sciences. Topics covered include functions, graphs, limits, continuity, properties of exponential and logarithmic functions, differentiation, curve sketching, optimization and the definite integral.
  • Following the satisfactory completion of this course students will continue the path into MATH1045.

MATH1045 Applied Calculus II

  • 3 Undergraduate Credits
  • Prerequisite: C- or better in MATH1044 APPLIED CALCULUS I
  • The second part of a two semester sequence (MATH1044 and 1045) on calculus appropriate for students in business and life sciences. Topics covered include anti-differentiation, the fundamental theorem of calculus, functions of two variables, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, Lagrange multipliers and applications to probability and other areas. 
  • Following the satisfactory completion of this course most Business students will have satisfied their Math requirements. Please check your major's cirriculum. 

MATH1046 Business Calculus

  • 5 Undergraduate credits
  • Prerequisite options (any of the following)
    620 Math Placement Test
    27 ACT
    720 new SAT scoring/ 690 old SAT scoring
  • This is an accelerated calculus course targeted at students in business and is appropriate for students with a strong background in college algebra and wishing to complete calculus in a single semester. Topics covered include functions, graphs, limits, continuity, properties of exponential and logarithmic functions, differentiation, curve sketching, optimization, the definite integral, anti-differentiation, the fundamental theorem of calculus, functions of two variables, partial derivatives, maxima and minima, Lagrange multipliers and applications to probability and other areas.
  • Following the completion of this course most Business students will have satisfied their Math requirements. Please check your major's cirriculum.