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Understanding Your Math Placement

How We Determine What Course to Recommend for You

We offer our recommendations for placement with your success as the ultimate goal, directing you toward lower-level courses and/or a particular support course only if we determine (based on your placement) that doing so will make it much more likely that you will succeed in your math courses all the way through transfer-level math (Math 100 and above).

*For more information on PSYC/SOC 205 and BUS 204, please contact the Assessment Center at (760) 744-1150, x2476, 2383, or 2182.

Integrated Co-Requisite Support Courses for Math

You may be placed into a math course with or without a co-requisite support course.  Co-requisite courses are two courses that are linked so that you cannot enroll in one without enrolling in the other. Math 60, 100, 110, 120, and 130 (primary courses) are offered on their own or with an integrated co-requisite support course. The support course (e.g., Math 20) is designed to provide students with extra assistance so that they are more likely to pass the primary course (e.g. Math 120).  

If you are recommended to take an integrated co-requisite support course, you will register into the support course and then be directed to register into the corresponding section of the primary course.  Both courses will be taught by the same instructor and will be scheduled so that the two courses feel more like one course.

The grading for the support course only is Pass/No Pass.  This is to prevent the possibility that any student’s GPA may be unintentionally harmed in the event of a failing grade.  If any student fails a co-requisite pairing, they may be allowed to take the primary course again without the support course.  The student should contact the Mathematics Department Chair by calling (760) 744-1150, ext. 3720.  The chairperson will make the determination after consultation with the student’s instructor.

Additional Information

Any student wishing to earn an A.A. degree must complete Intermediate Algebra (Math 56 & Math 6, Math 56, or Math 60) or a higher level mathematics course with a grade of ‘C’ or better. See your Palomar counselor for questions regarding specific math and non-math major requirements.

Questions About Your Recommended Placement?
Call the Assessment Center at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2476, 2383, or 2182.

If you’d like to know more about the legislation that has prompted this state-wide approach to access and placement, please refer to the AB 705 implementation web page at