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Placement Result Guidelines

These guidelines indicate the course prerequisites and minimum score on the ALEKS placement assessment for entry into gateway mathematics and statistics courses. The choice of the most appropriate course for you will be made when you attend Orientation and are advised at the math placement session. For returning and transfer students, your academic advisor will help you select the appropriate course based on this information. If these prerequisites differ from the UNC catalog, then the catalog prerequisite prevails.

If your ALEKS score is 0-24 or if you have questions, please contact the Math Placement Team at math.placement@unco.edu.

Course Score Prerequisite
MATH 120: Mathematics and Liberal Arts 25-100 (recommended) Minimum of one full year of high school algebra with a grade of C or better.
STAT 150: Introduction to Statistical Analysis 40-100 (recommended) MATH 023 with a grade of C or better or a full year of second year high school algebra with a grade of C or better.
MATH 124: College Algebra

51-100: register for MATH 124.

41-50: co-register for the one-credit MATH 123: Supplemental Algebra to support you in MATH 124 (recommended).

25-40: co-register for MATH 123: Supplemental Algebra to support you in Math 124 (required, or take MAT 055 at Aims to prepare for MATH 124).

0-25: take MAT 055. Aims Community College teaches a variety of sections of MAT 055 including one section on the UNC campus.

An ALEKS score of 41 or better and either two years of high school algebra with a grade of C or better or the equivalent.


If your ALEKS score is in the 25-40 range, you can register for MATH 124 only if you also register for MATH 123: Supplemental Algebra. MATH 123 is designed to support you to be successful in MATH 124. To learn more, .

MATH 131: Calculus I

MATH 171: Calculus for Life Sciences

75-100: register for MATH 131 or 171 (you must also have met the prerequisite).

60-74: co-register for MATH 130: Supplemental Calculus at the same time that you take MATH 131 or 171. (recommended)

45-59: co-register for MATH 130: Supplemental Calculus at the same time that you take MATH 131 or 171. (required, or take MATH 125: Trigonometry or MATH 127: Elementary Functions (precalculus) to prepare you for calculus.)

0-44: register for MATH 125: Trigonometry or MATH 127: Elementary Functions (precalculus) to prepare you for calculus.

High school mathematics up to and including trigonometry or better, or MATH 125 or MATH 127, all with a grade of C or better.

If your ALEKS score is in the 60-74 range, we recommend that you register for MATH 131 or MATH 171 only if you also register for MATH 130: Supplemental Calculus, a course designed to support your success in Calculus. To learn more, . This course is a required corequisite if your ALEKS score is in the 45-59 range.

Note that we recommend taking MATH 125 or MATH 127 before taking Calculus if your high school GPA is less than 3.0 and your ALEKS score is below 74.

MATH 125: Plane Trigonometry 41-100 (recommended) MATH 124 or equivalent with a grade of C or better.
MATH 127: Elementary Functions (Precalculus) 41-100 (recommended) Full year of second year high school algebra with a grade of B or better.