Developmental Courses

Placement in a developmental course in mathematics is determined by the mathematics subtest score of the ACT and by a students' achievement in high school courses. The purpose of these courses is to provide the student with the mathematical skills needed to succeed at the college level. Pearl River has instituted specific procedures for academic students in developmental courses.

Developmental Course Procedures

  1. Effective Fall 2000. Institutional credit is awarded for developmental courses and students pursuing an Associate in Arts degree may use up to nine hours of the following developmental courses as electives toward graduation at Pearl River Community College.
    Developmental English II (ENG 1203)
    Beginnning Algebra (MAT 1023)
    Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233)
  2. A student taking one or more developmental courses should not normally take more than 12 semester hours plus a maximum of 2 activity courses for a total of 14 semester hours.
  3. Class meetings: Developmental courses meet three lecture hours per week. (3 credit hours per course)
  4. Grading: Beginning in Fall 1993, students enrolled in developmental courses must earn a grade of "C" or higher in order to enroll in the next higher level course. Students not earning a grade of "C" or higher must repeat the course the following regular semester.
  5. Students whose ACT subscores indicate their need to enroll in one or more developmental courses must schedule these courses immediately. This requirement may not be delayed until a further semester without the approval of the Vice President for Instruction or the Director of Career Technical Education or Center Directors.

Mathematics Courses

MAT 1013 - Fundamentals of Mathematics

Fundamental operations in arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages, and verbal problems. Three lecture hours per week. Upon successful completion ("C" or better) of this course, students are required to enroll in Introductory Algebra the following regular semester.

MAT 1023 - Beginning Algebra

Integers, first degree equations, products and factors, rational expressions, and systems of linear equations. Three lectures hours per week. Upon successful completion ("C" or better) of this course, students are required to enroll in Intermediate Algebra the following regular semester.

MAT 1233 - Intermediate Algebra

Linear equations, algebraic factoring, rational expressions, exponents, radicals, and quadratic equations. Three lecture hours per week. Upon successful completion ("C" or better) of this course, students are eligible to enroll in College Algebra.

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