Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Students

  1. Can I retake my Placement Test?
  2. Which developmental level math class should I take?
  3. I want to take a class, but the section I want is full. Can I still add the class?
  4. I was dropped from my section for prerequisites. Why?
  5. What's the quickest and easiest way to contact my instructor?
  6. I'd like to get some help outside of class. Where can I go?
  7. I'd like to declare a math major or minor. Who should I talk to?

  1. Can I retake my Placement Test?

    In general, placements tests cannot be retaken. Exceptions are granted only for extenuating circumstances. If you believe that your placement test results are not valid, contact one of the current undergraduate advisors. However, you will not be allowed to retake the placement test after you have taken a university course.

  2. Which developmental math class should I take?
    Please consult the Math Pathways-Developmental Math website.
  3. I want to take a class, but the section I want is full. Can I still add the class?

    If there is a section available at another time, try to make your schedule work with that section.

    With few other exceptions, the instructor for the section is the only person who can add you to a closed section. The instructor will only add students if there is enough physical space in the classroom and the instructor can accept the additional workload. Bring:

    1. proof of prerequisites and
    2. a completed Add/Drop form

    to the section instructor on or before the first meeting of the class. Add/Drop forms are available from the Department of enrollment services on the second floor of Mellencamp Hall or from the Mathematical Sciences office on the 4th floor of the EMS building. Proof of prerequisites can be in the form of a transcrpt or PAWS printout. Tell the instructor you'd like to be added to the class if space is available. The instructor may add you to the class, may tell you that the section is full, or may put you on a wait list until the instructor has finalized the number of students who are already enrolled and are eligible for the class.

  4. I was dropped from my section for prerequisites. Why?

    The Mathematical Sciences Department strictly enforces prerequisites for all of its lower division courses (200-level and below) and most upper division classes. The skills you acquire in a prerequisite are necessary for success in aclass. If you have any questions about the prerequisites for a class contact one of the current undergraduate advisers. Should an exception be granted for an advanced course (occasionally instructor will waive a prerequisite) none of the course's prerequisites can be taken for credit.

  5. What's the quickest and easiest way to contact my instructor?

    In general, contacing your instructor via email will get you the quickest response. Look at our contact page or on your course syllabus.

  6. I'd like to get some help outside of class. Where can I go?

    During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Mathematical Sciences Department offers tutoring in Golda Meier Library. Hours vary from semester to semester. Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) also offers tutoring for certain math classes.

  7. I'd like to declare a math major or minor. Who should I talk to?

    Contact one of our undergraduate advisors.