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

Math Placement

Satisfactory performance on the Colorado State Math Placement Tool is the prerequisite for 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 and MATH 105. 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 personalized math plan.

Questions may be directed to the Precalculus Office at (970) 491-5761 or

Precalculus Program: MATH 117-126

Please view the overview of the Precalculus Program.

IMPORTANT: Register for either section 001 (on 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. By selecting the course title in RAMweb, you’ll be able to see the class details and confirm the instructional method.

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 Precalculus Center (Weber Building, Room 136 and virtually).

Students must submit successfully completed assignments on an enforced deadline schedule. The Precalculus 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.

The Precalculus Courses are scheduled to meet over the entire 12-week summer session but the course due dates fall during the last eight weeks. This allows students the option to complete some or all of the course work earlier in the summer to help accommodate other summer plans.

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 Precalculus Testing Center (Weber Building, Room 138) on campus. Students registered for section 401 can test remotely using a webcam on their personal computer.

Precalculus Center: People, Places, Hours

Visit the overview of the Precalculus Program for staff, location, and summer hours.