As a new, returning, or transfer student at WCU, you may need to take a specific math course or multiple math courses in order to complete your particular program(s) of study. Carefully read the following descriptions of the four Math Pathways available to students at WCU.
Note: Students can place directly into MATH 146 or MATH 153.
Students who take this pathway through Precalculus will explore how variables change together. The courses will focus on the study of the library of functions with algebraic proficiency. Topics like trigonometry and how exponential growth/decay vary from linear change will be developed. The courses will also focus on modeling, fitting data to functions, and making predictions and establishing trends.
Students who are preparing to take Calculus should take these courses. Also, students whose majors focus on functions and algebraic reasoning should take the course.
Students who take this pathway through Statistics will learn basic descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. They will learn how to appropriately collect data for a study, analyze data, display results, and interpret others’ results. Additionally, students will study basic probabilities that are the foundation of making inferences. Topics such as regression, confidence intervals, sampling distributions, standard deviation, random variables, and hypothesis testing will be covered in class.
Students whose majors or career paths require thinking about chance, data and making inferences, should take this pathway, especially those who will be required to make sense of data by analyzing and critiquing studies.
Students who take this pathway will study the mathematics necessary to teach elementary and middle grades mathematics classes.
Students who are want to teach in elementary education, special education, and middle grades education should take this pathway (or part of it). Some education degree plans require both courses and some just require MATH 221. The pathway for students interested in high school education and higher education begins with the Functions Pathway.
Students who take this pathway will study quantitative reasoning and mathematical and statistical literacies needed in everyday life. Although some topics vary from instructor to instructor, generally instructors cover quantitative literacies regarding data and chance. They also typically cover some consumer math and the mathematics related to humanities and arts. Students will learn critical thinking and communication skills and problem solving skills.
Students who need proficiencies such as reasoning logically, focus on non-symbolic mathematics, consumer math, and descriptive problem solving. Students in arts and humanities should consider MATH 101.