Degree Applicable Mathematics

Include math in your first year

All degrees have at least one math requirement

There are several course options depending on your academic goal, level of degree, the requirements of your major and your preparation needs.

Why do I need to take math? As a general education (GE) requirement, the study of mathematics promotes a connection and understanding of mathematics to your major and to other disciplines. The study of math helps you to tackle assignments and projects with ease by honing critical thinking, problem solving and logical reasoning skills; skills that you will use everyday and that are valued by employers.

How do I choose? ALL students are eligible to take degree applicable, transfer level mathematics in the first year. Mathematics requirement(s) for your degree are determined by your major and your education plan. You are not required to take pre-degree courses. Once you have your placement recommendations, your next step is to choose your courses. Many majors have just one math requirement; others may have several math requirements. Courses listed here are for planning purposes only, make an appointment with an academic counselor for individualized guidance to ensure you are taking the appropriate courses to reach your academic goal.

Need Additional Preparation? Many courses are offered with a corequisite course built in for real time support to help you complete your course with success.

First Year Math Options:

Corequisite Support Courses

Format recommendations and placement criteria

Guidance to help you decide

  • Survey and statistics courses
    Math 1, 10, 12, 15, Psych 2A and Bus 9
    • GPA 2.99 and below = Standard PLUS Co Requisite Support

    • GPA 3.0 and above = Standard

  • Calculus-based courses
    Math 4, 13, and 18
    • Standard PLUS Co Requisite Support = GPA 0-3.39

    • Standard = GPA 3.4 and above OR GPA 2.6 and above and enrolled in high school calculus

  • Calculus 1
    Math 5a

    Has a computer enforced precalculus prerequisite that must be satisfied prior to registration.

    The prerequisite can be satisfied with one of the following:

    1. Completion of Cabrillo College Math 4 with a C or better

    2. AP or IB scores submitted for evaluation

    3. Completing precalculus at another college, transcripts required for evaluation

    4. Submitting the placement eForm with your high school math history. Required criteria for placement:

      GPA = 3.6 or above and high school trigonometry = C or better

      GPA = 3.2 or above and high school pre-calculus or calculus = C or better

  • a note about Algebra preparation
    new course: Math 1 College Algebra (replaces math 152)

    This is a transfer level course that covers topics similar to those in high school Algebra II or Math III and Cabrillo Math 152 (no longer offered). If you did not complete Algebra II or Math III in high school or Math 152 AND your education plan includes Math 4, 13 or 18 consider taking Math 1 first.

Complete Math Competency for a Cabrillo AA/AS Degree

You have two (2) options

In high school: complete Algebra II or Common Core Math III with a C- or better. Submit your official high school transcripts then meet with an Academic Counselor to clear this requirement.

Complete one college level math class that works for your major and Education Plan.

Some Options:

  • Math 1: College Algebra. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101S Support for College Algebra

  • Math 10: Explorations in Math

  • Math 12: Elementary Statistics. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101 Support for Statistics

  • Math 15: Number Systems

  • Business 9: Business Statistics

  • Psychology 2A: Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

  • Math 370B: Self-paced Intermediate Algebra (non credit, non-transferable)

ProTip: select a transfer level course to keep all your options open

Transfer and Complete a BA/BS Degree

Many options depending on your major

Choose one courseto satisfy your General Education requirement:

  • MATH 10 Exploration of Mathematics
  • MATH 12 Elementary Statistics. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101 Support for Statistics
  • BUS 9 Business Statistics
  • PSYCH 2A Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

One or several may be required for GE and your major. Besides a statistics course, business and economics majors will need to take additional math courses. Specific math requirements can be found on ASSIST and often include Math 18 or 13 or 4 or 5A.

  • MATH 12 Elementary Statistics. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101 Support for Statistics

  • MATH 18 Business Calculus. Can be taken alone or with Math 102 Support for Business Calculus

  • BUS 9 Business Statistics

  • MATH 4 Precalculus. Can be taken alone or with MATH 103 Support for Precalculus

  • MATH 5A Calculus I

  • MATH 13 Finite Mathematics

Note: if you did not complete Algebra II or Math III in high school AND your education plan includes Math 4, 13 or 18 consider taking Math 1 first.

Required: MATH 15 Number Systems

One or several may be required for GE and your major. CSU campuses typically require statistics only (Math 12 or Psych 2A). However, some Psychology programs require additional mathematics. Specific math requirements can be found on ASSIST but often include Math 18 or Math 4 or Math 5A.

  • MATH 4 Precalculus. Can be taken alone or with MATH 103 Support for Precalculus

  • MATH 5A Calculus I

  • MATH 12 Elementary Statistics. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101 Support for Statistics

  • PSYCH 2A Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
    Note: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PSYCH 1 or SOC 1 is required for PSYCH 2A.

  • MATH 18 Business Calculus. Can be taken with Math 102 Support for Business Calculus

Note: if you did not complete Algebra II or Math III in high school AND your education plan includes Math 4, 13 or 18 consider taking Math 1 first.

Choose one to satisfy your General Education requirement:

  • MATH 12 Elementary Statistics. Can be taken alone or with MATH 101 Support for Statistics
  • BUS 9 Business Statistics
  • PSYCH 2A Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

Required:

  • MATH 4 Precalculus. Can be taken alone or with MATH 103 Support for Precalculus

  • MATH 5A Calculus I

  • MATH 5B Calculus II

Pro Tip: Each major listed will likely have math requirements beyond Math 5A and 5B. Connect with an Academic Counselor for specific requirements and individualized guidance.

Note: if you did not complete Algebra II or Math III in high school AND your education plan includes Math 4, 13 or 18 consider taking Math 1 first.

Mathematics Review and Preparation

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FREE classes that will not impact your GPA

For all students- select what you need, when you need it

  • MathPlus a quick math review program to prepare for the specific class on your education plan.
  • 350A: Arithmetic I – Whole Numbers, Decimals Fractions, Percents
  • 350B: Arithmetic II – Geometry, Measurement, Signed Numbers, Intro to Algebra
  • 370A: Algebra I – Equations, Graphing, Polynomials, Factoring, Quadratics
  • 370B: Algebra II – Radicals, Rational Expressions, Exponentials and Logs, Functions, Conics