College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

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Math

 

All first-year students are required to complete a math placement test, including those who have or expect pre-college credit (AP or IB) or who have earned college credits in mathematics.

Transfer students who have not taken classes to fulfill the Mathematical Thinking liberal education requirement, or are planning a major or program that requires math, may need to take a math placement test in order to register. Placement tests help you and your advisor understand if you are truly ready for the next class in a sequence, as not all courses are taught the same across institutions. If you have successfully completed a math course at another institution that transfers in as equivalent to a U of M course you may take the next course in the sequence without taking a placement test.

These majors and programs require math:

Astrophysics

Biology, Society & Environment

Chemistry

Child Psychology

Computer Science

Earth Sciences

Economics

Geography B.S.

Mathematics

Physics

Physiology

Pre-health science programs

Psychology

Sociology

Statistics

Urban Studies B.S.

 

Courses that a CLA student would need to take the placement test for:

PSTL 0722 Introductory Algebra (Computer)

PSTL 0732 Intermediate Algebra (Computer)

MATH 1001 Excursions in Mathematics

MATH 1031 College Algebra and Probability

Math 1051 Precalculus I

Math 1142 Short Calculus

MATH 1151 Precalculus II

MATH 1155 Intensive Precalculus

MATH 1271 Calculus I

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Chemistry

The chemistry placement test is required to register for chemistry classes. Placement tests help you and your advisor understand if you are truly ready for the next class in a sequence, as not all courses are taught the same across institutions. Chemistry is not a required class for most students but is one of many options available to fulfill the Physical Science with Lab requirement. Transfer students who have completed a chemistry class at a previous institution will be placed into appropriate U of M chemistry courses based on that preparation: consult with your advisor at orientation.

All physical and biological science majors build on college-level chemistry. These majors and programs require chemistry:

Biology, Society, & Environment

Chemistry

Earth Sciences

Physics

Physiology

Pre-health science programs


Courses that a CLA student would need to take the placement test for:

CHEM 1015/1017 Introductory Chemistry and lab 
CHEM 1061/1065 Chemical Principles I and lab