Saint Mary's College of California

First-Year Courses: Non-Calculus

Guide to First-Year Non-Calculus Courses

Math 3: Finite Mathematics

  • Primarily of interest for Business Administration and related majors.
  • Recommended to be taken in the first year.
  • Enrollment requires Math Placement Level 2 or higher.

Math 4: Introduction to Probability and Statistics

  • Of particular value for majors in Communications, Sociology, and social sciences.
  • Enrollment requires Math Placement Level 2 or higher.

Math 5: Mathematical Concepts for Elementary School Teachers

  • Exclusively for education-focused students in Justice, Community, and Leadership and/or Teachers for Tomorrow.
  • Does not satisfy the Core Mathematical Understanding learning goal.
  • Enrollment requires Math Placement Level 2 or higher.

Math 10: The Art and Practice of Mathematics

  • Designed for those without a specific math requirement or with anxieties about mathematics.
  • Topics vary but include introductions to topics such as to cryptology, game theory, statistics,  graph theory, and geometry.
  • Prerequisite: English 5 and Collegiate Seminar 1 (So this is not open to first-year students.)

Note: If you need to take Math 3,4 or 5 and you are placed in Level 1, you are required to take Math 2 first in order to put yourself in the best position to succeed in your required math class.  Math 2 does not satisfy the Core Mathematical Understanding learning goal. Please consult your advisor about this.

What’s New

The Math & CS Department is seeking applications for the Brother Dominic Barry Math Scholarships, which will be awarded to incoming freshmen in 2016! For information, go to Activities » Math Scholarship Competition.

Math in the Media

The United States has won the Math Olympiad for the first time in 21 years!

Quanta Magazing highlights a new result of Princeton mathematician Maria Chudnovsky regarding the coloring of perfect graphs.