The Department of Mathematics at Colorado State University offers pre-calculus courses in the PACe program (MATH 117-126) and Math Placement exams.

Math Placement

Satisfactory performance on the Colorado State Math Placement Exam (MPE) is the prerequisite for the beginning mathematics courses 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 the exception of MATH 101. Students should create a personalized Math Plan to learn more about the math requirements for degree programs in which they are interested. Students should visit the Mathematics Placement Overview for more information and to create a Math Plan. Questions may be directed to the PACe Office at (970) 491-5761.

Pre-Calculus PACe Program: MATH 117-126

IMPORTANT: Register for either section 001 (campus) or sections in the 400 series (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 an enforced deadline 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.

*Please note: It is possible the PACe Center will relocate this summer due to renovations. Please refer to the PACe website for the most current information.

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 section 401  using RAMweb. Students may 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.