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Mathematics Course Prerequisites for Baccalaureate Level Courses

Math 112 | Math 116 | Math 117 | Math 118 | Math 119 | Math 141 | Math 142 | Math 143 | Math 161 | Math 221 | Math 227 | MAPE Information

Math 112, Math 116, or Math 227

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, or Credit in Math 104 at Cal Poly

Math 117

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in MATH 116

Math 118

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • A score of 550 or above on the Math SAT I/II
  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam
  • A score of 23 or above on the Math ACT
  • A score of 65 or above on the ELM test, or
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

Math 119

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • A score of 600 or above on the Math SAT I/II
  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam
  • A score of 26 or above on the Math ACT
  • Credit in either Math 116 & Math 117, or Math 118, or equivalent, or
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

Math 141

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following:

  • A score of 600 or above on the Math SAT I/II
  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam
  • A score of 26 or above on the Math ACT
  • Credit in either Math 116 & Math 117 & Math 119*, or Math 118 & Math 119*, or equivalent, or
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

*Math 119 NOTE: At least one semester of high school trigonometry with a grade of A or B is equivalent.

Math 142

  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam (AB or BC) or
  • A grade of C- or better in Math 141 at Cal Poly, or its equivalent

Math 143

  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam (BC) or
  • A grade of C- or better in Math 142 at Cal Poly, or its equivalent

Math 161 or Math 221

Prerequisite: Satisfying the ELM Requirement, and one of the following: A score of 600 or above on the Math SAT I/II

  • A score of 3 or above on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam
  • A score of 26 or above on the Math ACT
  • Credit in either Math 116 & Math 117, or Math 118, or equivalent, or
  • An appropriate score on the MAPE

Mathematics Placement Examination (MAPE) Information

Please Note: Not all students need to take the MAPE. See the exemptions listed above to check your eligibility for the course in which you plan to enroll.

The pre-calculus MAPE are diagnostic tests for students who have satisfied the ELM requirement and who anticipate taking either trigonometry or calculus (Math 119, 141, 161, or 221) but who have not completed the course prerequisites (see mathematics course requirements above).

The intermediate algebra MAPE is a diagnostic test for students who have satisfied the ELM requirement and who anticipate taking pre-calculus algebra (Math 118) but who have not completed the course prerequisites (see mathematics course requirements above).

The MAPE is given at Cal Poly regularly throughout the quarter, and during orientation and registration periods. Information regarding the MAPE and the times it is offered is available from the ELM/MAPE Office at (805) 756-2268.

You can find more information at the following sites:

ELM/MAPE Information
MAPE Information
MAPE Sample Problems
Selecting your First Math Course