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Math Requirements and How to Satisfy Them

 

There are two distinct types of undergraduate mathematics requirements at Maharishi University of Management, which are satisfied in entirely different ways.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

1. The general education requirement in mathematics: Undergraduate students need to take and pass at least one course (4 credits) in mathematics.

SATISFIED by taking a course at MUM or by transfer credit, but NOT-SATISFIED by placement assessment.

2. Major and prerequisite math requirements: Some majors do not require any mathematics in addition to the general education requirement. But if you need a math course for your major or as a prerequisite for any course, then the knowledge needs to be current.

SATISFIED by taking a math course at MUM or passing a placement assessment, but NOT-SATISFIED by transfer credit, except at a very high level.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

How to satisfy the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT in mathematics. The general education requirement in mathematics is not satisfied by passing a placement assessment at MUM, nor by passing a course in high school.

It is satisfied by any one of the following:

  • Option 1. Passing any MUM mathematics course numbered 153 or higher (math prerequisites apply to all except MATH200 and MATH 266), or
  • Option 2. Passing Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 1xx, no prerequisites), or
  • Option 3. Passing Statistics for Business and the Environment (MGT 314, prerequisite MATH 152), or
  • Option 4. Passing Biostatistics (PH 314, prerequisite MATH 153) or
  • Option 5. Passing Personal Finance (MGT 203, no prerequisites), or
  • Option 6. Achieving a score of 4 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Calculus AB or BC, or
  • Option 7. Achieving a score of 60% or above in the CLEP Calculus Test, or
  • Option 8. Achieving a score of 5 or above on the IB HL Mathematics Exam, or
  • Option 9. Passing a course, with a grade of C or above, in mathematics, statistics, or quantitative literacy at the 100 level or above, at another accredited college or university attended before coming to MUM.

You should consult your Academic Advisor when choosing one of the above options.

Popular courses in Option 1 above are:

  • MATH 170 Mathematics for Sustainable Living (prerequisite MATH 152 Elementary Algebra)
  • MATH 200 Mathematics and Infinity (no prerequisites)
  • MATH 266 Geometry for the Artist (no prerequisites, but open only to majors in Art, Education, Writing, Literature, Media and Communications, and Maharishi Vedic Science)

Courses Satisfying the General Education Requirement in Mathematics By Major

The courses required or recommended by each department are given below. If a particular course or choice of courses is required, the general education requirement in mathematics must be satisfied by taking one of those courses. If a particular course or choice of courses is recommended, it is in your best interests to take one of those courses, but you are free to choose any option in the list of 9 options above.

BA and BFA in ART: MATH 266 Geometry for the Artist recommended; other options acceptable.

BS in AYURVEDA WELLNESS: MATH 1xx Quantitative Reasoning, or MGT 203 Personal Finance, or MATH 200 Mathematics and Infinity, or MATH 153 Intermediate Algebra, recommended; other options acceptable, except not MATH 266.

BA in BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: The requirement is automatically satisfied by taking and passing MGT 314 Statistics for Business and the Environment at MUM, which is required by the major itself.

BS in COMPUTER SCIENCE: The requirement is automatically satisfied by math courses in the major itself.

BA in CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING: MATH 1xx Quantitative Reasoning or MGT 203 Personal Finance, recommended; other options acceptable.

BA or BS in INDIVIDUALIZED MAJOR: Any option in the list, as appropriate.

BA in LITERATURE: MATH 1xx Quantitative Reasoning or MGT 203 Personal Finance, recommended; other options acceptable.

BA in MAHARISHI VEDIC SCIENCE: MATH 1xx Quantitative Reasoning or MGT 203 Personal Finance, recommended; other options acceptable.

BS in MATHEMATICS: The requirement is automatically satisfied by math courses in the major itself.

BA in MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS: Math 1xx Quantitative Reasoning or Math266 Geometry for the Artist recommended; other options acceptable.

BS in PRE-INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE: The requirement is automatically satisfied by taking and passing PH 314 Biostatistics at MUM, which is required by the major itself.

BA in REGENERATIVE ORGANIC AGRICULTURE: Any option on the list, except not MATH 266.

BA in SUSTAINABLE LIVING: MATH 170 Mathematics for Sustainable Living recommended; other options acceptable, except not MATH 266.

 

How to satisfy the MAJOR AND PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS in mathematics

The major and prerequisite mathematics requirements, on the other hand, need to be met by evidence of current mathematical knowledge and skill. For this purpose, the standing achieved on MUM’s mathematics placement assessments takes precedence over courses taken at other colleges and universities. For example, if you have transfer credit for a course equivalent to MATH 153, and then only place out of MATH 152 on the math placement assessment, and your major requires MATH 153, then the result of the math placement assessment takes precedence: you would have to take and pass MATH 153 at MUM. Thus transfer credit for courses equivalent to MATH 051, 152, 153, 161, 162, 281, or 282 does not satisfy major and prerequisite requirements.

Any of the following do satisfy major and prerequisite requirements in mathematics:

  • Passing MUM’s mathematics placement assessment at any of these levels, or
  • Taking and passing any MUM mathematics course, or
  • Achieving 4 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Calculus AB or BC at most two years prior to entry to MUM, or
  • Achieving 60% or above in the CLEP Calculus Test at most two years prior to entry to MUM, or
  • Transfer credit for a course equivalent to any math course numbered 267 or above (except MATH 281 and MATH 282, which require a placement assessment unless very recent), with a grade of B or above, at another accredited college or university. Note that such 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. A placement assessment may or may not be required.

Note that if, through an assessment, you place out of a course that is required for the major, then the credits for that course count towards the total credits required for that major, although the credits will not count towards the overall total credits required for graduation.

 

 

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