For High School Students

To better help your college bound students, the Mathematics and Statistics Department has created this information about the requirements regarding the mathematics classes students will be taking their first year at UNM. We look forward to a much closer relationship with all the high schools around the state. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Entry Level Courses and Core Curriculum

Our course numbering is as follows:

UNIV 103 - Foundational Math * Stat 145 - Introduction to Statistics
Math 101, 102, 103 - Intermediate Algebra Math 150 - Pre-Calculus
Math 121 - College Algebra Math 162 - Calculus I
Math 123 - Trigonometry Math 163 - Calculus II
Math 129 - Survey of Mathematics Math 180 - Elements of Calculus I

*This course is offered through Introductory Studies in the University College.
Please contact University College 277-9302.

All undergraduate students must complete a Core Curriculum for a bachelor's degree at UNM. The mathematics requirement for the Core Curriculum is one course chosen from Math 121,129, 150, 162, 163, 180, 215 or Stat 145.

Be advised that some colleges and schools at UNM require at least two mathematics courses for their programs.

Notice that these courses do not satisfy the mathematics requirement for any program at UNM. Please emphasize to your students that, if placed in those courses, they will spend one or two semesters taking classes that will not count towards their degree. This should motivate them to take algebra and additional math courses while still in high school.

Placement Scores

UNM uses the ACT & SAT Math scores and the Accuplacer Exam through the UNM Testing Center for placement. Students are encouraged to take the placement exam early and often. They can begin as soon as they are admitted to UNM until the first day of classes their first semester. See the UNM Testing Center website for more information. 

NOTE: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics does not offer any departmental placement or course challenge tests.

Mathematics Classes in High School

We strongly recommend that high school students take math classes their junior and senior year. It has been documented that students who take a math class right before starting college are more likely to succeed not only in their math classes but overall at the university.