FAQs: What Math Do I Need?

Most programs of study at FTCC require students to take at least one math class. Students follow the requirements of their curriculum program in choosing which math course(s) to take. Beginning in Fall 2014 the Mathematics Department will offer three new courses, replacing MAT 115, MAT 140/140A, MAT 161/161A, and MAT 151/151A. Students whose program requirements list one of the old courses will need to consult their program advisors to determine which new course to take in its place. You may find the following chart helpful:

Math Pick List, by Program of Study.

The new math courses were designed by the state as part of a Curriculum Improvement Project and will be offered by all North Carolina Community Colleges.

MAT 110 Math Measurement & Literacy

MAT 110 is a non-transfer course that covers topics of mathematical literacy including unit conversions and estimation within various measurement systems, basic geometric measurements, reading and interpreting charts and graphs of data, statistical measures, and personal finance. To take MAT 110, a student must have credit for DMA 010, 020, and 030 either by admissions placement, testing, or completing these three developmental mathematics modules.

MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy

MAT 143 is approved for transfer as a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) course. It focuses on providing students with the tools needed to decode, interpret, analyze, communicate, and make decisions using a wide variety of quantitative information encountered in the media and in everyday life. The prerequisites for taking MAT 143 are DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, DMA 050, and DRE 098. The DMA courses are developmental mathematics modules. DRE 098 is the third in a series of integrated reading and writing courses offered by Developmental English.

MAT 152 Statistical Methods I

MAT 152, Statistical Methods I, is also a UGETC course. It generally covers the same statistical concepts that were covered in MAT 151, but provides a project-based approach with an emphasis on using real and current data. Students seeking to take MAT 152 must have credit for DMA 010, DMA 020, DMA 030, DMA 040, and DMA 050, as well as DRE 098.

Another change coming Fall 2014 affects MAT 171 and 172, the Precalculus sequence. Students will no longer be required to register for a separate lab section when taking these courses.

In addition to the new courses discussed above and the Precalculus sequence, the Mathematics Department continues to offer a three-course sequence in Calculus, a one-semester Applied Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. To prepare for coursework in curriculum programs the department offers Developmental Mathematics, listed under the DMA and DMS prefixes in the college catalog and registration tabloids.