Gordon Rule Math Courses

Read on to find out which course may be the right one for you. Below you will find general information and suggestions. To be absolutely sure that you are selecting the correct math course for you, please schedule a visit with your academic advisor (352) 365-3574 or talk with your math instructor.

A Common Myth About Math

Many LSCC students mistakenly believe that they must take a math sequence to fulfill the math requirement for an AA degree at LSCC. That is not true. You only need two Gordon Rule level math courses. Thus, you could take MAC 1105 and MGF 1106, or MGF 1106 and STA 2023. Any two Gordon Rule courses will do it. See page 72 (hard copy or online) in the Student Handbook for the complete list of all Gordon Rule math courses at LSCC.

MAT1033 Advising Guide

Read on to find out which course may be the right one for you. Below you will find general information and suggestions. To be absolutely sure that you are selecting the correct math course for you, please schedule a visit with your academic advisor (352) 365-3574 or talk with your math instructor.

Math, Science, Business, Engineering, Architecture, or Computer Science Majors

If you intend to transfer to a college or university to study science, math, engineering, architecture, business, or computer science, you will probably need to take MAC 1105 (College Algebra). It is the course that gives you the most flexibility in future math coursework, and it prepares you for the highest level math sequence that includes calculus. After MAC 1105, the correct course for you will depend upon your major and the school to which you plan to transfer. See the website of the college or university you plan to attend, or consult an academic advisor.

Fine Arts and Humanities Majors

If you intend to transfer to a college or university for a bachelor degree in a fine arts or humanities field, you probably will not need to take College Algebra (MAC 1105). For a definite answer, consult the web site of the college or university you plan to attend, or see an academic advisor. Many majors in the fine arts and humanities simply require two Gordon Rule level math courses. If this is the case in your intended major, we suggest that you consider taking MGF 1106 and MGF 1107 (Liberal Arts Math I and II). The Liberal Arts Math courses are perceived by many students as being easier than other math sequences because the topics covered are independent of each other. Thus, if you did not understand the last topic perfectly, it will not become a handicap when you begin the next chapter.

Social Science Majors

Social science majors vary greatly in terms of math requirements. Some programs in the social sciences will require specific math courses, others will only require two Gordon Rule level math courses. Whether required or not, a statistics course will be helpful to anyone studying or working in a social science area. STA 2023 is the statistics course offered at LSCC. Please know that either MAC 1105 (College Algebra) OR MGF 1106 (Liberal Arts Math I) can serve as prerequisite for STA 2023. So, you are not required to take MAC 1105 just because you eventually want to take Statistics.

Elementary Education Majors

Many LSCC students complete an AA degree at LSCC and transfer to UCF or St. Leo University for a degree in Elementary Education. Nine hours of Gordon Rule math will be required. If you intend to transfer to UCF, you need to take MAC 1105, MGF 1106, and either MGF 1107 or STA 2023. If you intend to transfer to St. Leo, you need to take MGF 1106, MGF 1107 and MAC 1105. Please note that the order in which they are listed above may be a good order in which to take them, especially if math is not your strongest suit. Often students believe that taking MAC 1105 is a good choice after MAT 1033 because that means following an algebra course with another algebra course. Presumably one will be best prepared for College Algebra (MAC 1105) immediately after Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033). However, for those who are somewhat wary of math, taking College Algebra after successfully completing two other math courses may be the best plan. That gives one more time to build ones math confidence. High math confidence may be more important to success in MAC 1105 than the recent completion of MAT 1033. Please speak with an academic advisor or your math instructor if you have questions about the best plan for you.

RN to BSN Nursing Students

Students who are planning to transfer to UCF's BSN program with an RN credential and an AA degree will need to take MAC 1105 and STA 2023 in their AA programs.