The Mathematics Department of Santa Monica College has created a variety of courses in particular sequences designed to serve as many students as possible. Your individual goals and transfer plans determine which sequence is appropriate. Please carefully review the information provided by the Counseling Department. In particular you should start with "Welcome and Getting Started." Another area that you might want to review is "Areas of Study." If after reviewing this information, you are still in doubt as to which sequence of classes to pursue, you should seek the advice of a knowledgeable transfer counselor before you start a transfer-level sequence.

If your initial placement is for a Pre-Collegiate Level Course, then the student must complete the Pre-Collegiate Track prior to beginning a transfer level sequence.

Transfer Level Course Sequence Information

Traditional College Trigonometry based Calculus Sequence

Pre-Collegiate Course NeededTerm 1Term 2Term 3Term 4 and 5
Math 20​ (Intermediate Algebra) and Math 32 (Plane Geometry)Math 2 (Precalculus)Math 7 (Calculus 1)Math 8 (Calculus 2)Math 10 (Discrete Structures), Math 11 (Multivariable Calculus), Math 13 Linear Algebra or Math 15 (Differential Equations)

This sequence is appropriate for students who intend to major in computer science, engineering, mathematics, one of the physical/natural/life sciences, or most UC-bound Business majors. The Mathematics Department recommends that Math 11 and Math 15 are completed prior to Math 13. What, if any, courses in terms 4 and 5 need to be completed is dependent on the student's major and transfer institution.

Non-trigonometry based Calculus Sequence

Pre-Collegiate Course NeededTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Math 20Math 26 (Functions and Modeling for Business and Social Science)Math 28 (Calculus 1 for Business and Social Science)Math 29 (Calculus 2 for Business and Social Science)

This sequence is appropriate if you intend to major in economics, business or one of the social sciences at CSU and some private colleges that do not need trigonomery-based calculus. Not all colleges will require all three courses and some have an additional requirement of Math 54 (Statistics).

Elementary School Teacher

Pre-Collegiate Course NeededTerm 1
Math 20Math 41 (Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers)

This sequence is intended for students interested in becoming an Elementary School Teacher. Additional information can be found on the K-12 Teacher Education page or in a comprehensive guide provided by the PDF FileTeacher Preparation Advisement Guide. Math 41 (Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers) - DOES NOT fulfill the Math requirement for admission at some CSU's or Area B4 on the CSU E Pattern. Students may need to also take Math 54 (Statistics).

Liberal Studies

Pre-Collegiate Course NeededTerm 1
Math 49, Math 50, Math 18 or Math 20Math 21 (Finite Mathematics) or Math 54 (Statistics)

This sequence is appropriate for students who intend to major in the liberal arts or the social sciences and who are not planning on majoring in one of the above fields. Students who know they will need only Math 21 or Math 54 for transfer may take Math 49, Math 50, Math 18 or Math 20. If however, the student additionally plans to take a non-math course that has Math 20 as a prerequisite or advisory such as Chem 11, CS 42 or Acctg 1 , the student should take Math 20 instead.

Pre-Collegiate Level Course Sequence Information

If your initial placement is for a Pre-Collegiate Level Course, then the student must complete the Pre-Collegiate Track prior to beginning a transfer level sequence. It is important to choose the Transfer Level Sequence before choosing the pre-collegiate track.

Traditional Pre-Collegiate

Term 1Term 2Term 3Term 4
Math 81 (Basic Arithmetic)Math 84 (Pre-Algebra)Math 31 (Elementary Algebra)

Math 20 OR Math 20 and Math 32

OR Math 18 (Do not take if your plans include a class that lists Math 20 as the prerequisite such as Chem 11, CS 42 or Acctg 1)

Accelerated Pre-Collegiate - for students who need Math 20

This includes those students who need Math 41, calculus, STEM majors or who are undecided.

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Math 85 (Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra)Math 31 (Elementary Algebra)Math 20 OR Math 20 and Math 32

Accelerated Pre-Collegiate - for students who do not need Math 20

Term 1Term 2
Math 85 (Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra)Math 49 (Beginning and Intermediate Algebra for Statisitcs and Finite Math) or Math 50 (Pre-Statistics)

OR

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Math 85 (Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra)Math 31 (Beginning Algebra)Math 18 (Intermediate Algebra for Statisitcs and Finite Mathematics)

OR

Term 1Term 2Term 3
Math 81 (Basic Arithmetic)Math 84 (Pre-Algebra)Math 49 (Beginning and Intermediate Algebra for Statisitcs and Finite Math) or Math 50 (Pre-statistics)