At DVC, we encourage you to take transfer-level math your first year. There are lots of ways to achieve this! Once you've completed the placement process, explore our recommended math course sequences based on your academic major and goals.

If you haven't applied to DVC yet, complete this step first!

The advice below is general advising. Please talk to a DVC counselor to confirm your math class for your major and place of transfer. You may also check out assist.org. Additional math classes may be needed for your major. Speak with a DVC Counselor for more information.

Allied Health

Math-142: Elementary Statistics with Probability

or

Math-142L: Elementary Statistics with Probability **with Support**

Arts, Humanities, Communication & Languages

GE Requirement (pick one)

Math-142: Elementary Statistics with Probability

or

Math-142L: Elementary Statistics with Probability **with Support**

or

Math-124: Mathematics for Liberal Arts

Business Major with goal of CSU Transfer

Math-182: Calculus 1 for Management, Life Science, and Social Science

or

Math-182+082: Calculus 1 for Management, Life Science, and Social Science **with Support**

Business Major with goal of UC Transfer

Math-121: Plane Trigonometry

or

Math 121L: Trigonometry **with Support**

If you completed Trigonometry with C or better, you may skip to Math-191:

Math 191: Pre-Calculus

or

Math 191+ Math 091: Pre-Calculus **with Support**

If you completed Precalculus with C or better, you may skip to Math-192:

Math 192: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Economics and Business Economics Majors

Math-121: Plane Trigonometry

or

Math 121L: Trigonometry **with Support**

If you completed Trigonometry with C or better, you may skip to Math-191:

Math 191: Pre-Calculus

or

Math 191+ Math 091: Pre-Calculus **with Support**

If you completed Precalculus with C or better, you may skip to Math-192:

Math 192: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Career Tech Ed

Please speak with a DVC counselor since requirements can vary.

Computer Science, Architecture, Mathematics & Engineering

Math-121: Plane Trigonometry

or

Math 121L: Trigonometry **with Support**

If you completed Trigonometry with C or better, you may skip to Math-191:

Math 191: Pre-Calculus

or

Math 191+ Math 091: Pre-Calculus **with Support**

If you completed Precalculus with C or better, you may skip to Math-192:

Math 192: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Physical Science

Math-121: Plane Trigonometry

or

Math 121L: Trigonometry **with Support**

If you completed Trigonometry with C or better, you may skip to Math-191:

Math 191: Pre-Calculus

or

Math 191+ Math 091: Pre-Calculus **with Support**

If you completed Precalculus with C or better, you may skip to Math-192:

Math 192: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

Biological Science

Math-182: Calculus 1 for Management, Life Science, and Social Science

or

Math-182+082: Calculus 1 for Management, Life Science, and Social Science with Support

Please note: Math-192 might be required depending on your place of transfer. Please check with a DVC counselor or assist.org.

Social Sciences

Psychology, Political Science, Administration of Justice are examples of social sciences programs. Please see "Business and Economics" for Economics.

Math-142: Elementary Statistics with Probability

or

Math-142L: Elementary Statistics with Probability **with Support**

This course focuses on right triangle, general, and unit circle trigonometry, and the trigonometric functions of real numbers.

**Course details:**

- 3 units
- 54 lecture hours per term
- CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IC
- Transfers to CSU only
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

This combination gives you more opportunity to review the algebra skills needed for success in Trigonometry. It gives you a chance to increase your confidence in your math skills, improve your study skills, and allows more time with your Trigonometry instructor. Trigonometry focuses on right triangle, general, and unit circle trigonometry, and the trigonometric functions of real numbers. Math 121L has 5 transferable units to the CSU. This combination of courses is open to all students.

**Course details:**

- 5 units (5 transferable to CSU)
- 90 lecture hours per term
- CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IC
- Transfers to CSU only
- Available on campus only

This course includes applications and concepts of intermediate algebra and critical thinking to the solving of contemporary problems in mathematics. Topics include statistics, finance, voting/apportionment and include one of the following: sets, probability, geometry, graph theory, exponential and logarithmic functions, mathematics and culture.

**Course details:**

- 3 units
- 54 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

This course includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, design of experiments, introductory probability and statistical distributions and inference.

**Course details:**

- 4 units
- 72 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-110
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

This combination integrates algebraic and arithmetic topics throughout the course to refresh the math skills that you need for success in Statistics. It gives you a chance to increase your confidence in your math skills, improve your study skills, and allows more time with your Statistics instructor. Elementary Statistics includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, design of experiments, introductory probability and statistical distributions and inference. Math 142L has 4 transferable units to the UC and 5 transferable units to the CSU. This combination of courses is open to all students.

**Course details:**

- 5 units (4 UC transferable only, 5 transferable to CSU)
- 81 lecture and 27 lab hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-110
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus only

Math 182 includes the study of derivatives and integrals and their applications to management, life science, and social science fields. Topics include the derivative and its applications, such as curve sketching, optimization, and rates of change, an introduction to the integral, Riemann sums and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and its applications.

**Course details:**

- 4 units
- 72 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-140
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

This combination gives you more opportunity to review the math skills needed for success in Calculus 1 for Management, Life Science, and Social Science. It gives you a chance to increase your confidence in your math skills, improve your study skills, and allows more time with your Calculus instructor. Math 182 includes the study of derivatives and integrals and their applications to management, life science, and social science fields. Topics include the derivative and its applications, such as curve sketching, optimization, and rates of change, an introduction to the integral, Riemann sums and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and its applications.

**Course details:**

- 6 units (4 UC transferable only, 6 transferable to CSU)
- 90 lecture and 54 lab hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-140
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus only

This course is an in-depth study of functions and their graphs, including polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Nonlinear systems, vectors, and complex numbers are also covered. Use of a graphing calculator or other technology is required.

**Course details:**

- 5 units
- 90 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-155
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

This combination gives you more opportunity to review the math skills needed for success in Pre-Calculus. It gives you a chance to increase your confidence in your math skills, improve your study skills, and allows more time with your Pre-Calculus instructor. Math 191 is an in-depth study of functions and their graphs, including polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions. Nonlinear systems, vectors, and complex numbers are also covered. Use of a graphing calculator or other technology is required.

**Course details:**

- 6 units (5 UC transferable only, 6 transferable to CSU)
- 108 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-155
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus only.

This course covers algebraic and transcendental functions, including polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions, in the study of derivatives and integrals and their applications to science and engineering fields. Use of a graphing calculator or other technology is required.

**Course details:**

- 5 units
- 90 lecture hours per term
- IGETC 2A; CSU GE: B4; DVC GE: IB, IC
- C-ID MATH-210
- Transfers to UC and CSU
- Available on campus or online with in-person tests.

Still have questions? Learn more!

How do I choose a math course if I don't know my major?

If you're unsure of your major, there are a few steps you can take to help you choose the right math course:

- If you haven't chosen a specific certificate or degree yet, you may be able to select
a math course by choosing a broader interest area. (See recommendations above.) Our
interest areas group our courses, certificates, and degrees into five areas based
on common skills and interests:
- Arts, Communication & Language
- Business, Computer Science & Culinary
- Math & Engineering
- Science & Health
- Social Sciences

- Work with a counselor to make an education plan. You'll learn about our certificates and degrees and get help making a plan that meets your education goals. Once you've chosen a specific program, you can check the catalog for math requirements for your intended certificate or degree.

What is the difference between a class with support (L) or without?

DVC offers two types of introductory courses that fulfill the same learning outcomes. Courses labeled with an "L" (like 121L), have extra units and time built in to help students focus on important foundational topics. These classes also provide support in areas like managing test anxiety, improving study skills, and developing a growth mindset. Students should complete the placement process and review course descriptions to determine which version is best suited for their needs.

Should I retake a math class I completed, but found challenging - or take the class at the next level?

Data shows students who take on the challenge of higher-level math often perform better than those who stick to lower-level courses. If you are concerned about being well-prepared, know that DVC is committed to ensuring student success! You can get extra help in the Math and Engineering Student Center, where you'll find free tutoring for all math levels.