MATH 115

College Algebra

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

Special information

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in MATH 98 or MATH 102, or placement at MATH 115 College Algebra on the mathematics assessment test offered by the Placement Assessment Office. Those who have completed intermediate algebra or equivalent at other institutions would contact the Math and Statistics Department for an override at First day attendance required except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate sophisticated comprehension of the properties of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Recognize and utilize appropriate function models to abstractly represent and solve real-world problems involving polynomial, exponential or logarithmic patterns.
  • Understand and utilize multiple representations of functions, including algebraic, geometric, and numeric.
  • Understand concept of function and function notation.