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MATH 100 Survey of College Mathematics

What is MATH 100?
MATH 100 is Survey of College Mathematics, a course that fulfills the GE requirements of a transfer-level math course. It includes problem solving, set theory, logic, number base conversions, basic algebra, counting methods, probability, and statistics.
Which schools does MATH 100 transfer to?
All CSU and UC schools. See a counselor to verify specific private colleges.
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Who typically* takes MATH 100?
Students who need to complete a GE transfer-level math requirement. There is no specific major that this class is designed for.
What can I do to be successful in MATH 100?
  • Plan to study outside of class at least 6 hours each week, or more if it has been a while since you have taken a math class.
  • Study actively by doing practice problems, making note cards, and making study guides.
  • Attend professor's student hours (office hours) and math support centers regularly.
  • Form study groups with other students in class and try to explain problems as you do them.
Where can I get help if I am struggling with MATH 100 topics?
First off, remember that you are not alone! Many students find MATH 100 challenging, so here are the supports you have available here at Mt. SAC.
Your Instructor
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Tutoring Centers on Campus
We want to remind you that when it comes to learning math… mindset matters! Believe in yourself and know that asking for help is strongly encouraged. In fact, data shows that if you use the support resources on campus, you will be more successful in your classes, so start visiting them early rather than right before a big exam.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

Survey of College Math is an introductory class developed to give liberal studies students exposure to various areas of math and to gain an appreciation for the subject by connecting math to the world around them. This class introduces students to basic mathematical concepts and methods that will assist them in using mathematics in both their personal and professional lives. Upon completion of this course, students will enhance their critical thinking skills, develop skills to help them become more logical thinkers, learn techniques to analyze and interpret real-world data, and better understand the validity of an argument.

Math concepts frequently used in MATH 100?
  • Operations with integers and fractions
  • Fraction, decimal, and percentage conversions
  • Basic algebra, including evaluating and simplifying expressions
  • Solving linear equations and writing equations of lines
Where can I brush up on math concepts frequently used in MATH 100?
  • Join the MATH 100 Math Jumpstart Canvas page, created by Mt. SAC math faculty, with topic-based modules that include under-5-minute refresher videos and practice problems to review at your own pace.
  • Enroll in a free faculty-led noncredit math prep class through AIME (Academic Instruction for Math and English) in Mt. SAC’s School of Continuing Education.

Remember, we want you to successfully complete your math requirements as you head toward your educational goal! If you feel that you would be better served in a different math class, we want you to know that it might be possible to find an open math class to switch to right now, or you can join a 12-week or 8-week class that starts late. However, don’t wait to make this change! You need to make the switch within the first few days of the semester to avoid a W on your transcript.
Here are the Statistics and Liberal Arts Math (SLAM) classes that you have access to:
  • MATH 100+10A Survey of College Mathematics w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 105 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers [4 units]
  • MATH 110 Elementary Statistics [3 units] or MATH 110+11 Elementary Statistics w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 120 Finite Mathematics [3 units] or MATH 120+12 Finite Mathematics w/ Support [5 units] (Starting Fall 2023)
  • MATH 130 College Algebra [4 units] or MATH 130+13 College Algebra w/ Support [6 units]

Note that course numbering does not indicate difficulty of course content. If you have further questions about which course is right for you, please speak to a counselor.

Anyone can learn math! It is not a skill set that one is either born with or not. YOU are capable not only of learning math, but also of excelling in math!

For additional survey of college mathematics help, please visit the Math Activities Resource Centers (MARCS) or the Academic Support and Achievement Center (ASAC).