Introductory MATH Co-Requisite Labs

This page will detail specific situations for two of our department's Introductory Mathematics courses:

  • College Algebra (MATH 1203 or 11003)
    • Topics include the solution and application of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; functions, graphs, and theory of equations; matrix solutions of systems of equations and basic properties of matrices.
    • Recommended for majors who need higher level MATH courses such as Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, etc.
      • Guarantees more flexibility in taking MATH courses
    • The one hour lab (MATH 0001L or 00101) and two hour lab (MATH 0002L or 00202) DO NOT meet separately from lecture
      • The one hour lab must be taken by students in sections numbered between 051 to 079; these sections meet 4 times per week
      • The two hour lab must be taken by students in sections numbered between 091 to 119; these sections meet 5 times per week
      • These hours added are not counted towards students' degree audits and do not satisfy any degree requirements


  • Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 1313 or 11103)
    • Topics include working with functions, probability, and finance.
    • Recommended for majors with fewer MATH requirements
      • This course does allow students to enroll in
        • Principles of Statistics (MATH 21003)
        • Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (MATH 21803)
        • Survey of Mathematical Structures I (MATH 22103)
    • Co-Requisite labs (MATH 0131L or 01101) DO meet separately from the lectures with their own specific hours and locations
      • The one hour lab is graded separately from lecture and will show as MATH credit on a degree audit
      • Co-Requisite labs MUST be taken with a Quantitative Reasoning lecture

How do Co-Requisite Labs Work?


I. College Algebra

All College Algebra students will enroll in one of the sections of MATH 1203 or 11003. While all lecture sections cover the same material, using the same exams and text, some sections may meet more times per week, the purpose of this is to serve students with varying levels of preparedness for College Algebra.

Every student will get 3 credit hours of College Algebra lecture, and any additional laboratory courses may show on the student's degree audit as extracurricular regardless if the lab is required or not for that student.

The lab doesn't meet at any time or location, it simply adds credit hours by the number of extra days associated with the lecture.

For simplicity, there are 4 types of College Algebra meeting patterns during the Spring and Fall Semesters:

3 Days per Week or Online

  • Meets face-to-face MWF
  • Online sections may be asynchronous
  • Students do not require an additional lab
  • Counts towards 3 credit hours
  • Requires mastery of topics related to Introductory Mathematics preparedness
4 Days per Week

  • Meets face-to-face MWF, with an additional meeting day of Tuesday or Thursday depending on the section
  • Students also enroll in MATH 0001L (or MATH 00101)
  • Counts towards 3 credit hours, plus 1 for extra day
  • Requires some mastery of topics related to Introductory Mathematics preparedness
5 Days per Week

  • Meets face-to-face Monday through Friday
  • Students also enroll in MATH 0002L (or MATH 00202)
  • Counts towards 3 credit hours, plus 2 for extra days
  • Does not require prerequisite knowledge of Introductory Mathematics preparedness
CEA Reserved Sections

  • Requires recommendation from Center for Educational Access, students can't enroll themselves
  • Meets face-to-face Monday through Friday
  • Co-requisite lab enrollment is based on an assessment from the CEA office
  • Counts towards 3 credit hours, plus 1 or 2 depending on recommendation


II. Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 1313 or 11103, is recommended for students and majors with fewer MATH requirements. For those needing supplemental review, there are sections of the Quantitative Reasoning Laboratory, MATH 0131L or 01101, which meet separately of lecture at different assigned times and locations.

Do I Need to Take an Introductory Math Course at all?

Before considering what classes you should or shouldn't take, students MUST first talk with their program/college advisor.

Referring to our Math Placement for Undergraduates page, simply having a high enough test score may mean you are able to skip College Algebra and Quantitative Reasoning all together.

Tests taken before coming to college, (e.g. ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, etc.) may already give students the prerequisites for higher-level courses before they begin classes at the university. Tests such as AP Exams may also count towards college credit.

For those students who don't already have scores, our department also uses the ALEKS Math Placement Test; this exam ensures we place students into the courses they're best prepared to take. This exam approximately $25.00 for University students, and exam attempts must be proctored to count as credit.

For students who don't want to take the Placement Exam, the University also offers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Before attempting, students should looking into the total cost of taking a test and if the course they're wanting credit for has a CLEP option. More information on Advanced Standing Programs, such as the CLEP exam, is available from the University Catalog.


Updated: 5/14/24