Beginning in fall 2022, Cosumnes River College is removing the majority of below-transfer MATH courses (that is, courses with a course number below 300). The default MATH placement for all incoming students will be a college-level MATH course.
B-STEM Placement Grids
The following placement grids display the measures that are used to determine a Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (B-STEM) student's initial math placement. The specific measures that determine math placement are the highest course completed in high school and high school GPA.
All students – regardless of GPA or highest math completed – are eligible to take MATH 333: Introduction to College Algebra with the accompanying MATHS 33 support course. Students who are interested in taking MATH 333 without support or one of the other MATH courses listed need to meet the GPA and/or highest math completed requirements for that specific course as listed on the rubrics.
Students who did not complete high school or who have been out of high school for 10 years or more should use the Guided Self-Placement tool.
|High School GPA||High School Math||CRC Math Placement|
|3.4 or higher||Has not passed Intermediate Algebra||MATH 333|
|3.4 or higher||Passed Intermediate Algebra with C- or higher||MATH 335 or MATH 341|
|3.4 or higher||Passed Trigonometry with C- or higher||MATH 355 or MATH 370|
|3.4 or higher||Passed Precalculus with C- or higher||MATH 355 or MATH 400|
|Lower than 3.4||Has not passed Intermediate Algebra||MATH 333 and MATHS 33|
|Lower than 3.4||Passed Intermediate Algebra with C- or higher||MATH 310, MATHS 76 + MATH 335, or MATHS 79 + MATH 341|
|Lower than 3.4||Passed Trigonometry with C- or higher||MATH 355 or MATH 370|
|Lower than 3.4||Passed Precalculus with C- or higher||MATH 355 or MATH 400|
There are many factors that contribute to what math course you should take, including your intended major, the highest math course you have completed, and your high school GPA. Schedule an appointment with your counselor to get help choosing the math course that best fits your educational and career goals.
MATH 333 is replacing MATH 120 as the transitional course to higher-level math courses for B-STEM students. If you have been placed in MATH 333, then you need to take this course as a prerequisite to higher math courses.
MATH 333 is designed to cover fundamental algebra topics that will be used throughout later B-STEM coursework and will help lay a solid foundation of mathematics on which to build in your later classes.
There are college resources available to assist you in your math course. The CRC Tutoring Center provides scheduled in-person and online virtual tutoring appointments. Students can also access Math tutoring in-person and online through the CRC Math Center.
CRC offers Math Boot Camp (MATH 83), a guided individualized course. Students work at their own pace to build and review math skills with the support of an instructor and tutors.
There are also developmental math resources available through regional Adult Education centers. Please note that these Adult Education centers are not Los Rios Community College District resources.
No, students who have successfully completed MATH 120 are not required to take MATH 333. MATH 120 still meets the Los Rios college graduation requirements and the course prerequisite requirements that it always has.
What do I do if a course prerequisite lists MATH 120 and I haven’t taken MATH 120 yet or I didn’t place into MATH 120 or higher?
The Math 120 prerequisite will be replaced by Math 333 for most courses where it is listed, such as statistics or liberal arts math classes (like STAT 300 or MATH 300) and courses outside mathematics.
If MATH 120 currently shows on your education plan and you have not yet successfully completed MATH 120, then MATH 333 will be the course you can take in place of MATH 120 beginning in the Fall 2022 semester. If MATH 120 is not on your education plan, then this change will not impact you.
Yes, MATH 333 is replacing MATH 120 and will meet the same Los Rios college graduation requirements and the course prerequisite requirements.
Though MATH 333 is a college-level course and will transfer, it will not meet the B4 Quantitative Reasoning requirement for the 2022-23 academic year. We are submitting MATH 333 to CSU for approval of B4 Quantitative Reasoning, but this approval will not happen until the 2023-24 academic year at the earliest. Enrollment in MATH 333 for the 2022-23 academic year should therefore be limited to B-STEM students who will meet B4 through an alternate (and currently-approved) B4 course.
New B-STEM students who have been placed in MATH 333 and continuing B-STEM students who have been placed in MATH 120 and have not successfully completed the course will need to take MATH 333.