How To Enroll In A Math Course At Mission

So you want to take a math course? Great!

Enrolling in a mathematics course is a bit more complicated than signing up for a class in most other disciplines.  This situation exists because all math courses have prerequisites:  prior math skills that you must possess before you can be successful in the particular class you want to take.  

For students, the acquisition of these prerequisites is determined either by a placement test, by college math courses that you have already taken, or by other specialized tests.

To help you navigate through this enrollment process, you can either visit Mission College Counseling and/or carefully read the information that follows.

 To start, choose one of the following that bests fits your situation.  I am a:

  1. new Mission College student 
  2. high school student wanting to take a Mission College math course 
  3. student at a college other than Mission wanting to take a Mission College math course
     

1.  New Mission College Student

In order to help to ensure your success as you move through the college mathematics curriculum, starting at the appropriate level of mathematics is important.

Mission College has a placement test designed to determine your current stage of mathematical proficiency in order to help you to begin the mathematics course sequence in the mathematics course that is right for you.

All incoming new college students wishing to take a mathematics course are required to take the Math Placement Test. This assessment is free and will help to ensure that you are enrolled in the correct level of mathematics. The Math Placement Test  will place you in a course ranging from basic arithmetic to algebra to first semester calculus. The Math Placement Test  is administered in the Mission College Assessment Center.  Information about the location and hours of the testing center can be found at the Assessment Center.  

There are, however, a few exceptions to the requirement to take the Math Placement Test.  You do NOT need to take the Math Placement Test at Mission College if you: 

A.  have already taken math courses at another college.

B.  have already taken a mathematics placement test at another college.  If this is the case, then bring your mathematics placement test results to a counselor to clear your prerequisites. 

C.  are eligible to enroll in an entry-level college-level mathematics course (Math 8, 10, 12, D, 1 or 2).  This eligibility is determined if you have scored appropriately on the tests listed below: 

  • College Board SAT Reasoning Test: a score of 550 or above on the mathematics section
  • College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2): a score of 550 or above
  • American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test: a score 23 or above
  • College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination: a score of 3 or above
  • CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP): a score of "Exempt" or "Ready for college-level Mathematics courses," taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II.

If you have taken any of the above tests with the appropriate scores, bring documentation of your results to a counselor for verification and clearing of your prerequisites. 

D.  are eligible to enroll in advanced calculus courses. This eligibility is determined if you have scored appropriately on the tests below: 

  • College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB test: A score of 3 or above allows you to place out of Math 3A (Calculus I) and to be eligible for enrolling in Math 3B (Calculus II).
  • College Board Advanced Placement Calculus BC test: A score of 5 allows you to place out of Math 3B (Calculus II) and to be eligible for enrolling in Math 4A (Calculus III) or Math 4B (Differential Equations).

If you have taken any of the above tests with the appropriate scores, bring documentation of your results to a counselor for verification and clearing of your prerequisites. 

E.  have taken CLEP exams:  If you successfully pass a CLEP exam in mathematics, Mission College will accept the results.  Bring official documentation to a counselor for clearing prerequisites.
 

2.  High school student wanting to take a college math course 

There are special procedures for college enrollment if you are also attending high school.  Read the admissions process for high school students

Most colleges, including Mission, do not accept high school mathematics courses as prerequisites for college mathematics courses. 

A.  If you want to take first semester calculus or a course below calculus, you must take the Math Placement Test at the Assessment Center.

B.  If you want to take an advanced calculus course, you will need to have taken a College Board Advanced Placement Calculus test: 

  • Score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB test allow you to place out of Math 3A (Calculus I) and to be eligible for enrolling in Math 3B (Calculus II) 
  • Score of 5 on the AP Calculus BC test allows you to place out of Math 3B (Calculus II) and to be eligible for enrolling in Math 4A (Calculus III) or Math 4B (Differential Equations). 

3.    Student at a college other than Mission wanting to take a Mission College

If you have taken, at another college, a mathematics course that is a prerequisite for the mathematics course in which you want to enroll at Mission College, you must have successfully COMPLETED the course and be able to provide verification of your passing grade.  

Note:  Being currently enrolled in a prerequisite mathematics course at a college other than Mission is NOT sufficient to be eligible to enroll in subsequent courses.  The course must be completed before enrolling. 

Check the mathematics course grid to see if equivalencies for your mathematics course(s) at other institutions have already been verified as equivalent to Mission College mathematics courses.  

A.  If you find your mathematics course listed on the grid, then bring in verification that you have passed the course to a counselor for clearing any prerequisites. 

B.  If your mathematics course at another institution does not appear on the grid, then you need to send an email to the Mission College Mathematics Department Chair,  rick.hobbs@wvm.edu, attaching the following: 

  1. A copy of your transcript which shows the mathematics course and the grade received
  2. A link to a webpage (or a copy of a catalog page) that contains a description of the mathematics course which you are using for a prerequisite
  3. The course in which you want to enroll at Mission
  4. A copy of your photo ID
  5. Your Mission College ID number
  6. Your email and phone number

A determination will then be made as to whether or not the course meets the appropriate prerequisite requirements for the mathematics course in which you wish to enroll at Mission College.  You will then be notified of this determination.