Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Mathematics' most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


The TMCC Math Department doesn't keep wait lists; however, individual instructors may or may not keep wait lists for their classes. Students should contact the instructor for the instructor's policy on wait lists.

For those that love mathematics, a degree in Mathematics will provide you with the foundational skills to complete your four-year degree and be prepared for many in-demand careers. Students with math degrees can pursue careers such as Auditor,  Data or Research Analyst, Computer Programmer, Medical Scientist, Financial Analyst,    Statistician, Actuary, Economist, or Software Developer.

All three of these courses offer two formats: a standalone three-credit format and additional 2-3 credits of corequisite support for those that require it. The corequisite format meets with an instructor twice a week with a focus on the development of specific prerequisite abilities that would be expected in the stand-alone. 

Math 120 (3 credits) with Math 20 (2 credits) uses ALEKS for online homework and exams. Other aspects of the course may include in-person lectures and class activities dependent on the modality and projects that vary dependent on the instructor. Students are expected to spend 9-12 hours per week of work outside the classroom.

Math 124 (3 credits) with Math 24 (2 credits) is similar to Math 126/26 but slightly less algebraically intensive and designed for students pursuing a Business degree.  Students are expected to spend 12-15 hours per week of work outside the classroom.

Math 126 (3 credits) with Math 26 (3 credits) is designed for students pursuing an AS transfer degree. The instructor may use WebAssign for homework. Students are expected to spend 15-20 hours per week of work outside the classroom.

Try to find another section of the same class. If no other section is available or suitable, contact the instructor.

During the 100% drop period, an instructor may drop students for non-attendance (or for not having met the class prerequisites) to make room for qualified students who are waiting to get into the class. Each instructor will have an individual policy to deal with such matters, so students who are waiting to get into a class should contact the instructor to find out what is the instructor's policy regarding full classes.

Proper placement is essential for success in a math class. The ACCUPLACER math test provides a measure of a student's readiness to take a given math class.

Math, more than any other subject, builds on itself. The knowledge and skills acquired in each class are essential for success in the next class.

The TMCC Math Department considers that after two years, critical mathematical knowledge may have faded in a student's mind; we believe that taking the prerequisite class again, or testing into the class, is warranted.