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FAQs

What college-level mathematics course should I take?

If I am a Liberal Arts student?

Liberal Arts students generally take MAT-130 Contemporary Mathematics, MAT-150 Statistics I, or MAT-155 Finite Mathematics. Students who have completed Statistics I often elect to enroll in MAT-250 Statistics II.

If I am majoring is a business-related field?

For students majoring in a business-related field, MAT-155 Finite Mathematics, and MAT-223 Calculus for the Managerial and Social Sciences are recommended. For more specific information, check the degree requirements for your major at Bergen Community College or the degree requirements for the college or university to which you plan to transfer.

If I am enrolled in a mathematics-intensive major?

For students enrolled in a mathematics-intensive major such as education, psychology, or health sciences, MAT-268 Statistical Methods is recommended. To determine whether your major is math-intensive, check the degree requirements for the college or university to which you plan to transfer.

If my major is mathematics, a science, engineering science, or computer science?

Students whose major is mathematics, a science, engineering science, or computer science take courses in the Calculus sequence. The first course in this sequence is MAT-160 Intermediate Algebra, which is followed by MAT-180 Precalculus, and possibly MAT-280 Calculus I and MAT-281 Calculus II. Students may place out of MAT-160 and MAT-180 by taking the proficiency test for these courses.

Do mathematics courses taken in high school meet the prerequisite for a college-level mathematics course?

High school mathematics courses do not meet the prerequisite for any college-level mathematics courses. Students may meet the MAT-160 Intermediate Algebra prerequisite by taking the proficiency test for MAT-160; students may place out of MAT-180 Precalculus by taking the proficiency test for MAT-160 and MAT-180.

How can I get into a class section that is closed?

Students are not permitted to register for closed sections. Instructors do not have the authority to sign students into closed classes. It is the student’s responsibility to keep checking WebAdvisor for open seats.

What do I do if all sections of a class are closed?

Instructors do not have the authority to sign students into closed classes. Students may visit the Departmental Secretary in A-325 to be placed on a waiting list. Once placed on a waiting list, students will only be notified if a new course section is opened. Otherwise it is the student’s responsibility to keep checking WebAdvisor for open seats.