## A Closer Look at CORE Fundamental Studies

The University wants you to get off to a good start academically,
to acquire and use the tools that will help you succeed in your studies and
achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. The CORE Fundamental
Studies requirements in English and mathematics provide powerful tools for your
success. We think they are so important that we want you to understand their
intent and potential for you. It is well worth your time to heighten your awareness
of these requirements and what you can get out of them by putting your best
efforts into them right from the start.

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Fundamental Studies Mathematics

**Fundamental Studies Mathematics** |

Undergraduates are required to attempt the Fundamental Studies
Mathematics requirement within their first 30 credits, and successfully complete
the requirement by 60 credits.

Permission of the Department of Mathematics is required to
register for entry-level mathematics courses since statistics have shown that
the majority of students who enroll in an entry-level math course beyond that
indicated by their score on the Math Placement Test either withdraw from the
course or earn D's or F's. The entry-level credit courses are listed below and
course descriptions
are available through the math department:

**MATH 110:** Elementary Mathematical Models

**MATH 111:** Introduction to Probability

**MATH 112: **College Algebra with Applications
and Trigonometry

**MATH 113:** College Algebra with Applications

**MATH 115:** Pre-calculus

**MATH 130:** Calculus I for the Life Sciences

**MATH 140:** Calculus I

**MATH 220:** Elementary Calculus I

**STAT 100**: Elementary Statistics
and Probability,

*Note*** MATH 110** is a terminal
course in mathematics, and does not lead to other mathematics courses. Students
take **MATH 110** if they need a Fundamental Studies mathematics
course and **do not plan to go on in a major that requires another math course.**

Almost all students can be successful in **MATH 110**
if they attend class, do the homework, and do all the projects. If you have
any questions about the coursework, then it is important to see your instructor
and/or go to the **MATH 110** tutoring hours right away - **don't
fall behind!**

All students entering UM take the Math
Placement Test with one exception: transfer students who have successfully
completed a calculus course at a two- or four-year institution are exempt. The
Math Placement Test is designed to aid you in successfully completing your University
and major mathematics requirements. The Math Placement Test is not a means to
earn math credit or to satisfy the Fundamental Studies Mathematics Requirement.

Using the results of this test the student is placed into one
of the Mathematics Department's courses. Students who do not place into one
of these credit bearing courses (MATH 110, 111, 112, 113, 115 or higher) will
be placed into the Developmental
Math Program.

Students needing extra help with mathematics may contact the
Math/Stat
Help Center, part of the Learning
Assistance Service on the second floor of the Shoemaker Building, 301-314-7693.

*Fundamental Studies Mathematics: Additional Information*

**AP credits:** AP credits may indicate that a student
is ready for Calculus I, II, III, Differential Equations, or Linear Algebra.
Please discuss this with your advisor.

**SAT Scores:** If you have a Math SAT score of 600 or
higher, you fulfill the University's Fundamental Studies Math requirement
but **you do not earn math credit**. You should check with your department
to see if math credits and specific courses are required for your program
of study.

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