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Mathematics Course Prerequisites for Baccalaureate Level Courses

Math 112 | Math 116 | Math 117 | Math 118 | Math 119 | Math 141 | Math 142 | Math 143 | Math 161 | Math 221 | Math 227 | MAPE Information


Math 112, Math 116, or Math 227

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, or Credit in Math 96 at Cal Poly

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Math 117

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in MATH 116

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Math 118

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • New SAT Test: A score of 570 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
  • Old SAT Test: A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT reasoning test
  • SAT Subject Test: A score of 550 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)*
  • A score of 23 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • A score of 65 or above on the ELM Test
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

*Please see the bottom of the page for info on changes to the SAT.

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Math 119

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • New SAT Test: A score of 620 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
  • Old SAT Test: A score of 600 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT reasoning test
  • SAT Subject Test: A score of 600 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)*
  • A score of 26 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • Credit in either Math 116 & 117, or Math 118, or equivalent
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

*Please see the bottom of the page for info on changes to the SAT.

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Math 141

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • New SAT Test: A score of 620 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
  • Old SAT Test: A score of 600 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT reasoning test
  • SAT Subject Test: A score of 600 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)*
  • A score of 26 or above on the ACT Mathematics Test
  • Credit in either Math 116 and 117, and Math 119 or Math 118, Math 119 or equivalent
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

*Please see the bottom of the page for info on changes to the SAT

**Math 119 NOTE: At least one semester of high school trigonometry with a grade of A or B is equivalent.

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Math 142

  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam (AB or BC)
  • A grade of C- or better in Math 141 at Cal Poly, or its equivalent

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Math 143

  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam (BC) 
  • A grade of C- or better in Math 142 at Cal Poly, or its equivalent

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Math 161 or Math 221

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following: 

  • New SAT Test: A score of 620 or above on the mathematics section of the new SAT*
  • Old SAT Test: A score of 600 or above on the mathematics section of the old SAT reasoning test
  • SAT Subject Test: A score of 600 or above on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
  • Credit in either Math 116 & 117 or Math 118 or equivalent
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

*Please see the bottom of the page for info on changes to the SAT

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Mathematics Placement Examination (MAPE) Information

Please Note: Not all students need to take the MAPE. See the exemptions listed above to check your eligibility for the course in which you plan to enroll.

The pre-calculus MAPE are diagnostic tests for students who have satisfied the ELM requirement and who anticipate taking either trigonometry or calculus (Math 119, 141, 161, or 221) but who have not completed the course prerequisites (see mathematics course requirements above).

The intermediate algebra MAPE is a diagnostic test for students who have satisfied the ELM requirement and who anticipate taking pre-calculus algebra (Math 118) but who have not completed the course prerequisites (see mathematics course requirements above).

The MAPE is given at Cal Poly regularly throughout the quarter, and during orientation and registration periods. Information regarding the MAPE and the times it is offered is available from the ELM/MAPE Office at (805) 756-2268.

*In March 2016, the College Board® began administering a new SAT Test. The new SAT scores are different than the old SAT scores. The CSU will accept both old and new SAT scores for students graduating in 2020 and prior. Students graduating after 2020 will be required to take the new SAT Test.

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