Math Placement    
Who Needs It?

There are two distinct types of undergraduate mathematics requirements at Maharishi University of Management

•   The distribution requirement in mathematics: Undergraduate students need to take and pass at least one course (4 credits) in mathematics at the level of Math 153 or above.

•   Major and prerequisite requirements: A student’s major may require more mathematics and some courses have mathematics prerequisites.

On entry into Maharishi University of Management, every entering and readmit student is required to be placed in mathematics according to the following rules:

1. If a student’s transcript at the time of entry to M.U.M. shows a mathematics course at the 100 level or above with grade C or above, taught by the Mathematics Department at another accredited university or college, then that student is deemed to have satisfied the distribution requirement in mathematics. (Such a course will have prefix MATH, MAT, MTH, etc., but not STA, STAT, BUS, MAN, BMAT, etc.) If such a student has declared a major at M.U.M. that does not require further mathematics, then a placement test is not required and the student does not need to take any mathematics courses while at M.U.M. (Such a student may choose whether to be placed in mathematics at this time or not. If he or she chooses not to be placed at this time, and then later switches to or adds a major that requires mathematics, he or she must be placed in mathematics before being allowed to enroll for any course with a mathematics prerequisite.)

2. A student who signs a waiver agreeing to be placed into the lowest level Math 051 Basic Mathematics is not required to take the math placement test.

3. A student who is being readmitted to M.U.M. after an absence of one year or less, and who was previously placed, is not required to take a math placement test, unless he or she wishes to. The previous placement is still valid. Students readmitted after an absence of more than one year need to be placed again.

4. A student who, within the past two years, achieved a score of

• 4 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Calculus AB or BC, or

• 60% or above in the CLEP Calculus Test, or

• 5 or above on the IB HL Mathematics Exam

is not required to take a mathematics placement test, unless he or she wishes to. Placement will depend on the topics tested.

5. A student who, within the past two years, achieved a score of

• 44 – 100 on the COMPASS PreAlgebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 051 Basic Mathematics,

• 46 – 65 on the COMPASS Algebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 152 Elementary Algebra,

• 66 – 100 on the COMPASS Algebra Mathematics Test may waive Math 153 Intermediate Algebra.

Such students are not required to take a mathematics placement test, unless they wish to.

6. If a student has not yet declared a major, or will be taking any mathematics course numbered 282 or less, or any course requiring a mathematics prerequisite numbered 282 or less, that student is required to take a math placement test on entry to M.U.M. The results of the placement test (not transfer credit) will determine that student’s math placement.

7. If a student has completed the equivalent of Math 267 Geometry, Math 272 Discrete Mathematics, or any mathematics course numbered Math 283 or above with a grade of C or above, at another accredited university or college, then transfer credit will be given on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on the grade obtained and how long ago the course was completed. Such a student may or may not be required to take a placement test.

8. Further placement testing. Any student, who is not satisfied with his or her math placement, has the option to study on his or her own and take further placement tests in the specific courses Math 051, Math 152, Math 153, Math 161, Math 162. The student may take a maximum of one additional test at each of these levels. There are no additional tests for calculus.

9. Mathematics placement meeting. Every new and readmit student is required to come to the Mathematics Placement Meeting that usually takes place in the first week after the student arrives on campus. At this meeting, students either take a placement test or establish that they don’t need to. A make-up meeting is held about a week later for late arrivals.

10. How to satisfy the distribution requirement in mathematics. The distribution requirement in mathematics is not satisfied by passing a placement test at M.U.M., nor by passing a course in high school, nor by the COMPASS Test. It is satisfied by advanced placement or if a student’s transcript shows a mathematics course at the 100 level or above with grade C or above, taught by the Mathematics Department at an accredited university or college, no matter how long ago the course or test was completed, and no matter what standing was achieved on any mathematics placement test taken at M.U.M. It is also satisfied by enrolling for and passing a mathematics course at the level of Math 153 or above at M.U.M. or by passing MGT 314 if a student has been placed by the Department of Mathematics higher than MATH 153.

11. How to satisfy the major and prerequisite mathematics requirements. The major and prerequisite mathematics requirements, on the other hand, need to be current. The standing achieved on any mathematics placement test takes precedence for this purpose over courses taken at other universities and colleges. Passing a placement test does satisfy this requirement. (If a student places out of a course that is required for the major then the units for that course count towards the total units required for that major, although the units will not count towards the overall total units required for graduation.) Advanced placement (see item 4 above) or COMPASS tests (see item 5 above) at the required level, obtained at most two years prior to entry to M.U.M., also satisfies this requirement, as does enrolling for and passing a course at M.U.M. On the other hand, transfer credit for courses equivalent to Math 051, 152, 153, 161, 162, 281, or 282 does not satisfy this requirement. Since the knowledge must be current, the standing achieved on any mathematics placement test takes precedence for this purpose over courses taken at other universities and colleges. For example, if a student has transfer credit for a course at the level of Math 161, and then places into Math 153 on the math placement test, and the student’s major requires Math 153, then the result of the math placement test takes precedence. The student would have to take and pass Math 153 at M.U.M.

12. Mathematics placement expiry date. If a student wishes to use his or her standing in a math placement test to satisfy the math prerequisite for a course, that course must be taken within a year of the test. Otherwise, the test will need to be taken and passed at that level again.

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