The Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University offers the Paced Algebra to Calculus Electronically (PACe) program and Math Placement Exams.

Math Placement

For most incoming students, satisfactory performance on the Colorado State Math Placement Exam (MPE) is the prerequisite for the beginning mathematics courses MATH 101, MATH 105 and MATH 117. Typically students who do not have transferable credit in math from another college, university, or the Advanced Placement or IB Exams will need to take a CSU math placement exam to satisfy course prerequisites, with exception of MATH 101. All students may register for MATH 101 but this course will not satisfy the specific math requirement for many majors. Students should visit the Math Placement Directory for more information and to create a personalized mathematics plan. Questions may be directed to the PACe Office at (970) 491-5761.

Pre-Calculus Mathematics: MATH 117-126

IMPORTANT: Register for either section 001 (campus) or section 401 (online) of these courses. That is, do not register for a mixture of on-campus and remotely-completed sections.

At Colorado State University, pre-calculus mathematics is taught through an innovative instructional program that uses a mastery approach to learning. Instructional video lectures and lecture notes are provided using distance delivery technologies. In addition, students interact one-on-one with course assistants in the PACe Learning Center (Weber Building, Room 136).

Although much of the coursework can be completed remotely, students registered for section 001 are required to pass a sequence of proctored exams in the PACe Testing Center (Weber Building, Room 138) on campus. Students must submit successfully completed assignments on a strictly enforced schedule. The PACe courses cover topics in College Algebra, Logarithmic and Exponential Functions, and Numerical and Analytic Trigonometry. Each course is worth one University credit, and students will typically register for several courses within a single semester.

PACe Center Summer Hours

The PACe Center hours and PAConline hours are available on the PACe website.

Students who need a fully remote/online version of these courses should register for a 40X section  (401, 402, etc.) using RAMweb. Students enrolled in section 401 can use a webcam or authorized proctor to take exams and may also use the PACe Center for tutoring assistance or to take exams.

  • The 401 sections of MATH 117, 118, 124, 125, and 126 require two exams supervised by a University-authorized proctor.
  • If students use ProctorU or the CSU PACe Testing Center, no proctoring fees assessed.
  • If a student uses other outside proctoring agencies, the student is responsible for any associated fees.