When thinking about which entry-level math course to take, it is important to consider your future education and the degree pathways you wish to ultimately pursue.
There is no need to take both College Algebra and Precalculus — This is because certain concepts in College Algebra are covered more in-depth in the Precalculus course.
- If you are interested in learning the basic mathematical techniques for a non-STEM pathway in the future (eg. business, accounting, humanities, etc.) we recommend taking College Algebra.
- If you are interested in pursuing Calculus or another STEM field in the future, we recommend taking Precalculus.
Students need only a basic understanding of algebra, geometry, or trigonometry to be set up with the mathematical literacy they need to succeed in either course. There are no pre-requisites for taking the College Algebra or Precalculus course.