Math is a required course at Boise State. However, you have a lot of control over the math class you choose to take. Most of the classes that are higher up will have prerequisites for Math 108, or Math 143, which are the basics of math. All of the math professors are very helpful and willing to have a meeting with students who need extra help.

 

1.MATH 108 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA (3-0-3)(F,S,SU).

This math course is taught mostly online, on a website called Aleks. You will learn, radicals, negative and rational exponents, completing the square, quadratic formula, linear and quadratic inequalities (including absolute value); simple systems of equations and inequalities, multiplication of polynomials; basic factorization techniques. This math course is not a DLM, which means you will have to take at least one more math course to satisfy the math requirement to graduate. It also cannot be taken for credit after any MATH course numbered MATH 143 or higher. The prerequisites are MATH 25 or satisfactory placement score.

 

2.MATH 143 COLLEGE ALGEBRA (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(DLM).

This math class will emphasis on the concept of functions as mathematical entities; domain, range, algebraic operations, composition, inverses, graphing, polynomial functions, division of polynomials, roots, factor theorem, complex numbers, fundamental theorem of algebra. It also includes mathematical modeling based on Business and Science applications using algebraic functions will be prominent. This class is also mostly taught online, however you still meet in class two times a wee. The prerequisites are  MATH 108 or satisfactory placement score.

 

3. MATH 144 ANALYTIC TRIGONOMETRY (2-0-2)(F,S,SU).

You will learn right-triangle and circular function approaches to trigonometry, trigonometric identities, graphs of trigonometric functions; amplitude, frequency, phase shift. Also, polar coordinates, polar representations of complex numbers. This course is taught in the classroom, and not on the computer. The prerequisites are MATH 143 or satisfactory placement score.

 

4. MATH 171 CALCULUS I: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (4-0-4)(F,S,SU)(DLM).

Math 171 is all about learning limits and continuity. You will also go over, derivatives and antiderivatives, including trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, the relationship between a function, its derivative, and its antiderivative. This is a very interesting class that also includes elements of the theory of calculus and the language of mathematics. The course is taught in the classroom. The prerequisites are MATH 143 and MATH 144, or satisfactory placement score.

 

5.MATH 176 CALCULUS II: THEORY AND APPLICATIONS (4-0-4)(F,S,SU).

This course is a continuation of the MATH 171 class, which means you will need to have finished that class to be enrolled in 176.. You will learn techniques of integration and calculation of antiderivatives. Applications of integration to physical models, including volume, moment, mass, and centroid. The prerequisites are MATH 143, MATH 144, and MATH 171, or corresponding satisfactory placement score.

 

There are many more math courses at Boise State you can choose from. These 5 are the most popular, and the prerequisites to most upper division math classes. It is a good idea to take the Math 108 or 143 classes your first semester of freshman year. Having finished those two courses, you will have more freedom when choosing your next math course.

 


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Sarah Austin


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