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Location: Faculty Office Building Room E-2
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The Department of Mathematics offers undergraduate majors in Mathematics, Adolescence Education Mathematics and Early Childhood & Childhood Education Mathematics. Graduates with the Mathematics major go on to do graduate work in mathematics and other fields requiring strong quantitative and reasoning skills. Those graduating from the Adolescence Education program have a depth of knowledge that underlies the courses they will teach. Early Childhood & Childhood Education majors go on to become mathematics specialists within the primary schools. (See Adolescence Education and Early Childhood & Childhood Education for details about these programs.) Minors in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics are also offered.

Those interested in any of these programs are invited to request a faculty advisor in the Department of Mathematics. Upon completion of Calculus I or Calculus II with a grade of B- or better, a student may declare the Mathematics or Adolescence Education-Mathematics major; to declare the Mathematics concentration in Early Childhood & Childhood Education, students must complete Calculus I or Introduction to Proof with a grade of B- or better. A letter grade of at least C- is required to count a course toward any mathematics major or as a prerequisite for another mathematics course.

Math Placement Levels (MPLs):
All students enrolling in SUNY New Paltz are assigned a Math Placement Level (MPL), indicating their current level of mathematics proficiency. The MPLs are used to help place students in courses which they will need to succeed in subsequent work and have not yet mastered. See the table below for more detailed information.



Summary of Math Placement Levels and What They Mean:

MPL Meaning Courses that will raise level - i.e., a grade of C- or better will raise student's MPL to (x). Or take this MP Exam:
1 Deficiency in Fundamental Skills MAT120 College Math (3) Basic Algebra
2 Deficiency in College Level Mathematics Skills MAT120 College Math (3)
MAT152 College Algebra (4)
College Algebra
3 Ready for some General Education MATH courses (see specific prerequisites) MAT152 College Algebra (4) College Algebra
4 Prepared for Precalculus or any General Education MATH course MAT181 Precalculus (5) Precalculus
5 General Education MATH requirement met for GE III; ready for Calculus I (MAT251) MAT251 Calculus I (6)  
6 Successfully completed Calculus I