MAT 1050 - 5 credits (2 credits towards graduation) 5 hours/week. This is an intermediate algebra course that also includes an introduction to logarithms and trigonometry. Successful completion (C- or above) of this course qualifies the student to enroll in MAT 1110, MAT 1500, or MAT 1800 during the following year (three semesters). 

MAT 1050 - 7 credits (3 credits towards graduation) 9 hours/week. This option is referred to as PREP.  Students who successfully complete PREP will be invited into the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP). This class is the same as MAT 1050 with the addition of a workshop that meets twice each week for two hours. During the workshop, students work in groups solving challenging mathematics problems. Students majoring in Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, or Science should enroll in MAT 1050 PREP rather than the 5-credit version.


  • Algebra: Properties of the real number system, equations and inequalities, lines, graphs, introduction to functions, exponents, logarithms.
  • Geometry and Trigonometry: Basic concepts, introduction to the trigonometric functions, solving right triangles.


Students qualify for MAT 1050 by having achieved one of the following:

  • satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Exam in the past 12 months.
  • a grade of ANC, BNC, or CNC in MAT 0993 taken at Wayne State University in the past 12 months.
  • a validated ACT Math score of 21 or higher.
  • a validated SAT Math score of 500 or higher (Before March 2016), or a validated SAT Math score of 530 or higher (March 2016 or later).

For placement at this level, students should have a command of numerical and beginning algebra concepts and techniques corresponding approximately to one year of high school algebra.


E-Book and Online Homework

This course uses an e-book and online homework. You must have an access code, which is available at the campus bookstore.

 MAT1050 students are encouraged to work online homework in the Mathematics Computer Lab, where tutors are readily available to assist.

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