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Mathematics Placement

Math/Quantitative Reasoning Placement

There are four categories for Math/Quantitative Reasoning:

  • M1-Fulfilled Requirement
  • M2-Enroll in GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Course
  • M3-Enroll in Supported GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses. 
    Participation in Early Start is recommended.
  • M4-Enroll in Supported  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses. 
    Participation in Early Start is required.

All students are highly encouraged to complete their B4 graduation requirement in their first year at CSUSM.
**Please note that your placement category may change when you change your major and/or when your final high school  and college transcripts have been  received and reviewed.**

Math/Quantitative Reasoning Placement for Algebra Intensive Majors*:

* Applied Physics, Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Kinesiology-Option in Motion Science, and Mathematics

Starting Fall 2022
  • M1-FULFILLED REQUIREMENT: Student has fulfilled General Education B4 Requirement and is permitted to enroll in the next level of Mathematics as appropriate for major.
  • M2-ENROLL IN GE MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE: Student has met standards, ready to enroll in a B4 level Mathematics  course for the major.
  • M3-ENROLL IN SUPPORTED MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE, EARLY START RECOMMENDED: 
    Fall Placement= MATH 105 and  MATH 005
    or
    Fall Placement= Math 115 after completing ESM 104 and ESM 4 at CSUSM with a grade of "B-" or better for Early Start.
    or
    Fall Placement= Math 125 after completing ESM 105 and ESM 5 with a grade of "C" or better for Early Start. This only applies to majors requiring Math 125/Math 160.
    or
    Fall Placement= Math 132 after completing ESM 105 and ESM 5 with a grade of "C" or better for Early Start. This only applies to majors requiring Math 132.
  • M4-ENROLL IN SUPPORTED MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE, EARLY START REQUIRED:
    Fall Placement= MATH 105 and  MATH 005
    or
    Fall Placement= MATH 115 after completing ESM 104 and ESM 4 at CSUSM with a grade of "B-" or better for Early Start.
Students in following majors: Applied Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology-Option in Motion Science, and Mathematics are strongly encouraged to participate in a further placement process to potentially upgrade their placement and shorten their time to degree.  Visit the Math Placement Exam website for more information and to see if you qualify.
 

Math/Quantitative Reasoning Placement for Non-Algebra Intensive Majors*:
* American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Child & Adolescent Development, Communication, Criminology & Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, History, Human Development, Kinesiology-Option in Health Science, Liberal Studies, Literature & Writing Studies, Media Studies, Music, Nursing, Political Science, Psychological Science, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Language Pathology, Visual & Performing Arts, and Women’s Studies.

  • M1-FULFILLED REQUIREMENT: Student has fulfilled General Education B4 Requirement and is permitted to enroll in the next level of Mathematics as appropriate for major.
  • M2-ENROLL IN GE MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE: Student has met standards, ready to enroll in a B4 level Mathematics  course for the major. Check your Degree Planner.
  • M3-ENROLL IN SUPPORTED MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE, EARLY START RECOMMENDED :
    Placement in MATH 101 and  MATH 001. Check your Degree Planner
    or
    Fall Placement for students who have completed ESM 104 and ESM 4 at CSUSM with a grade of "B-" or better for Early Start.
    • MATH 210 for Liberal Studies Majors
    • MATH 101 without Math 1, or MATH 100, or  MATH 105 and MATH 5, or MATH 115 for Arts and Humanities Majors
    • MATH 101 without Math 1, or MATH 100, or MATH 105 and MATH 5, or MATH 115 for Social and Behavorial Sciences Majors
  • M4-ENROLL IN SUPPORTED MATH/QUANTITATIVE REASONING COURSE, EARLY START REQUIRED :
    Placement in MATH 101 and  MATH 001. Check your Degree Planner
    or
    Fall Placement for students who have completed ESM 104 and ESM 4 at CSUSM with a grade of "B-" or better for Early Start.
    • MATH 210 for Liberal Studies Majors
    • MATH 101 without Math 1, or MATH 100, or  MATH 105 and MATH 5, or MATH 115 for Arts and Humanities Majors
    • MATH 101 without Math 1, or MATH 100, or MATH 105 and MATH 5, or MATH 115 for Social and Behavorial Sciences Majors