Step 1: Ma 080 - Liberal Arts Math Modules
Why are we here? Studies have shown that a strong background in mathematics can help students succeed in college. This applies even to students who are not majoring in mathematical fields. Why would this be? Because there are many classes in our Liberal Arts core that require both computational and reasoning skills that come directly from the mathematical world. One example would be Essential Science (no surprise there). Economics is another example of a course where good math skills can help you succeed. Surprisingly, even English 102 and upper-level Bible and Philosophy classes require a good understanding of mathematical logic and reasoning to be able to make connections and draw conclusions correctly.
The Developmental Math team has spent time with the Liberal Arts faculty in order to design modules where the connections from math to their various courses are clearly mapped for you. In the application problems that we have developed, our goal is to show you how the math skills you are acquiring will be used in future courses as well as in real life. When you get there, we want it to seem familiar! Of course, everyone has seen (and probably enjoyed) memes like these with a skeleton on a bench who is “Still waiting for the day that he uses algebra in real life,” but the truth is that “algebra in real life” doesn’t always resemble what we find in a math text.
Step 2: Ma 090 - Math Preparatory Modules
If you plan to take any college-level math courses (either by choice or because your major requires it), you will also need to complete the Ma 090 modules. The professors of these courses expect you to come with a strong background in Algebra, beyond what is needed for general Liberal Arts courses.
Whether you just have to complete the 080 modules or the 090s as well, the beauty of this modular setup is that everyone will be able to work at his or her own pace. Some just need to fill in some gaps while others need to spend some time on the basics and build from there. The modules are designed so you will only have to do lessons and homework on things that you need to review or learn. Once you have completed all of the modules, you will no longer need to attend the Math Lab.