Skip to Main Content

Placement Goals for Math Placement Test

All students are required to complete a Math course that fulfills the General Education Program requirement for graduation. Depending on your major, you may be required to take different sets of courses than your peers. This page will give you an idea of what courses you can take and what score you should aim for on the Math Placement Test.

Please note that once you start taking Math courses at UMBC, you are not allowed to retake the Math Placement Test.

If you are thinking of changing your major from a non-STEM major to a major in the STEM field, be sure to speak to an advisor about your Math requirements.

For more information about retaking the Math Placement Test, please click here: Retaking the Math Placement Test

Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Majors (for specific major requirements, please click here.)

Placement Score Course
0 – 49% Math 104 – Quantitative Literacy
prerequisite for the below courses. (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement)
50% – 100% Math 120 – Concepts of Mathematics (fulfills Math Graduation Requirement) or
Stat 121 – Introduction to Statistics (fulfills Math Graduation Requirement)

STEM Majors (for specific major requirements, please click here.)

Placement Score Course
0 – 29% LRC 099 – Introductory Algebra
prerequisite for MATH 106 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement; does not count towards graduation)
30% – 60% Math 106 – Intermediate and College Algebra
prerequisite for Math 150 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement)
61% – 75% Math 150 – Precalculus (fulfills Math Graduation Requirement; majors may need additional Math courses)
76% – 100% Math 151 – Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1 (fulfills Math Graduation Requirement)

Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Majors (for specific major requirements, please click here.)

Placement Score Course
0 – 29% LRC 099 – Introductory Algebra
prerequisite for MATH 106 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement; does not count towards graduation)
30% – 49% Math 106 – Intermediate and College Algebra
prerequisite for Math 131 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement)
50% – 100% Math 131 – Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (first part of major requirement, fulfills Math Graduation Requirement) AND

Math 132 – Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II (second part of major requirement, does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement)

Biology BA, Business Technology Administration, Financial Economics, and Information Systems Majors (for specific major requirements, please click here.)

Placement Score Course
0 – 29% LRC 099 – Introductory Algebra
prerequisite for MATH 106 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement; does not count towards graduation)
30% – 60% Math 106 – Intermediate and College Algebra
prerequisite for Math 155 (does not fulfill Math Graduation Requirement)
61% – 100% Math 155 – Applied Calculus (fulfills Math Graduation Requirement)