Placement in a developmental course in mathematics is determined by the mathematics subtest score of the ACT and by a students' COMPASS test scores. 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
- Effective Fall 2011 developmental courses will no longer apply toward any associate degree.
- Class meetings: Developmental courses meet three lecture hours per week. (3 credit hours per course)
- 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.
- 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 General Education and Technology Services.
MAT 0123 - 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.