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What’s your math path?

Receive your math placement

After planning your first term and receiving your math placement, you’re ready to choose your path based on your placement and your major or degree.

Your math placement
You placed into: Your next step:
MTH 20 Take MTH 20
MTH 58/60, 65/70, or 95/98 Choose a path based on your major or degree:

  • MTH 60 arrow right 65 arrow right 95 path to MTH 111 and calculus
  • MTH 58 arrow right 98 path to MTH 105 or statistics

Confirm your degree path before registering for a math class

MTH 100+ Take the math classes you need for your major or degree
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1. Choose your math path

MTH 60 arrow right 65 arrow right 95 path

The MTH 60 arrow right 65 arrow right 95 path is designed to prepare students for higher level math classes, like trigonometry or calculus.

When should you take this path?
  • If you plan to major in a healthcare field.
  • If you plan to major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field.
  • If you plan to major in a field that requires advanced math, chemistry, biology, or physics for your degree.
  • If you will need to take MTH 211/212/213, either path is possible – see a PCC advisor for more help.
MTH 58 arrow right 98 path

The MTH 58 arrow right 98 path is designed to prepare students who plan to major in a field that requires no additional math other than Math in Society (MTH 105) or Statistics (MTH 243).

When should you take this path?
  • If you plan to major in the humanities, arts, or social sciences.
  • If you have no plans to major in healthcare, science, technology, engineering, or math.
  • If you want to focus on real-world math that incorporates group work and helps people with math anxiety succeed.
  • If you will need to take MTH 211/212/213, either path is possible – see a PCC advisor for more help.

(If your goals change in the future, you may need to take some additional math courses to move to the MTH 60 arrow right 65 arrow right 95 path.)

2. Confirm your path

  • Talk to a PCC advisor for specific information.
  • Check the required courses for your PCC degree or major in GRAD Plan. You can also check for prerequisites in the college catalog.
  • If you plan to transfer, check with your transfer school to get specific information about the requirements for your major.

Still unsure?

Choosing a math path depends on your major or degree, so come talk to us if you’re not sure. We can help you decide!