School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Math Placement
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Contents
 MAT 100 or MAT 101
 Course Descriptions
 MAT 100, 100S, 101, 101S
 MAT 102, MAT 103, MAT 114, MAT 167
 Credit by Examination (AP, CLEP, IB)
 Transfer Credit
 Accuplacer Placement Test
 GEC Mathematics Advising Guide: MAT 101 or MAT 100
 Questions?
MAT 100 or MAT 101
MAT 099 has been replaced by a corequisite model in which students take MAT 101 + 101S or MAT 100 + 100S. Students who need support in MAT 101 should take MAT 101 + 101S concurrently. Students who need support in MAT 100 should take MAT 100 + 100S concurrently.
Check bulletin for information on whether a student's major requires MAT 100 or MAT 101.
All students who are not required to take a support course (i.e., MAT 101S or MAT 100S) are welcome to enroll in a support course concurrently with their 101 or 100 if they would like extra help.
The table below shows which courses are required, optional or not required.
MAT 100 or MAT 101 

students who have ALREADY takeN (or are currently enrolled in) mat 99  
REQUIRED  OPTIONAL  NOT REQUIRED  
Students with a C or higher in MAT 99  MAT 100 OR MAT 101 
MAT 100S 

Students without a C or higher in MAT 99  MAT 100 + 100S OR MAT 101 + 101S 
repeating MAT 99  
new students with act scores  
New students with a math ACT score below 20  MAT 100 + 100S OR MAT 101 + 101S 

New students with a math ACT score of 20 or above 
MAT 100 
MAT 100S 
Course Descriptions
MAT 100 or MAT 101
MAT 100 or 101 satisfies the GEC math requirement. Students who need to more math courses after they complete the GEC must take MAT 101.
 MAT 100  Quantitative Reasoning (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite(s): ACT Math subscore ≥ 20 or C or higher in MAT 99.
Corequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MAT 100S waives the prerequisite.
Logic, probability, finance. Satisfies no prerequisite for any other mathematics course
 MAT 100S  Quantitative Reasoning Support Class (1 hr.)
Content supplementing MAT 100 including set theory, logic, counting, probability, statistics and financial management.  MAT 101  College Algebra (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite(s): Math ACT ≥ 20 or a grade of C or better in MAT 99 or MAT 101S.
Corequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in MAT 101S waives the above prerequisite.
Functions and graphs, linear equations and inequalities, nonlinear equations, including exponential and logarithmic equations.
 MAT 101S  College Algebra Support Class (1 hr.)
Arithmetic operations, operations on polynomials, solving linear and quadratic equations and graphing linear and quadratic functions with additional support for MAT 101.
MAT 102, MAT 103, MAT 114, or MAT 167
MAT 102, 103, 114, and 167 are the appropriate starting points for students with a strong background in mathematics. Any of these courses satisfy the GEC math requirement.
 MAT 102 – Brief Applied Calculus (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite: MAT 101 or a mathematics ACT score of 24 or higher
This is a one semester overview of calculus, primarily designed for students majoring in business, finance and related disciplines. The concepts of instantaneous rates of change (the derivative) and aggregation of small quantities over time (the integral) are introduced in the context of applications in business.
 MAT 103 – Plane Trigonometry (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite: MAT 101 or a mathematics ACT score of 24 or higher
This is a one semester introduction to the study of triangles and periodic functions. After explaining the fundamentals as well as the connection between the two, the course focuses on trigonometric functions by analyzing their applications, graphs and identities and by solving equations involving these functions.
 MAT 114 – Calculus for the Arts and Sciences (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite: MAT 101 or a mathematics ACT score of 24 or higher
This is a one semester overview of calculus, primarily designed for students majoring in arts and the life sciences. The concepts of instantaneous rates of change (the derivative) and aggregation of small quantities over time (the integral) are introduced in the context of applications in biology and other life sciences.
 MAT 167 – Calculus I with Analytic Geometry (3 hrs.)
Prerequisite: MAT 103 or a mathematics ACT score of 26 or higher
This is a thorough one semester introduction to the many ways in which instantaneous rates of change (derivatives) are useful in mathematics, the sciences, and indeed any disciplines that rely data that can be represented by a function. Applications include a thorough analysis of the graphing of functions, optimization and an exposition of Newton’s method as first look into how computers are programmed to assist with mathematics. This course is the first in the foursemester calculus sequence for mathematics and science majors.
Credit by Examination (AP, CLEP, IB)
For information on Advanced Placement, Collegelevel Examination Program, or International Baccalaureate credits, please visit Southern Miss Admissions.
Transfer Credit
Visit the Mississippi Articulation and Transfer Tool website to learn transferring credit between Mississippi public universities.
Accuplacer (Placement Test)
The Accuplacer is a national standardized test that can be used to determine which mathematics course is the best fit for students to be successful in the course and progress toward their degree. Accuplacer is often (but not exclusively) used by students who took the ACT or SAT years ago or those who live in areas where the ACT or SAT is unavailable.
Placement Testing on the USM campus
The most recent version of this test is known as 'Next Generation Accuplacer,' and it offered at the USM Hattiesburg campus. For more information on how to take the Accuplacer at USM, visit Mathematics Placement Testing.
Placement Test: Cutoff Scores
Note: All students should now take the ‘Advanced Algebra and Functions Test’ for placement. Next Generation scores range from 200300.
Math placement based on Next Generation ‘Advanced Algebra and Functions Test’ compared to ACT and SAT:
Mathematics Course 
Accuplacer Score 
ACT Math Score 
SAT Math Score 
Concurrent enrollment in 
under 235 
under 20 
under 490 
MAT 115, 101, or 100 
235260 
20 or above 
490 or above 
MAT 102, 103, or 114 
261275 
24 or above 
560 or above 
MAT 167 
above 275 
26 or above 
600 or above 
GEC Mathematics Advising Guide: MAT 101 or MAT 100
Download printable advising guide.
Does my advisee need MAT 101 or MAT 100?
Will the student have to take more math classes after their GEC requirement?
 If YES, student must take MAT 101.
 If NO, student can choose between MAT 101 or MAT 100.
If my advisee has a choice, how do I know which course they should enroll in?
NOTE: MAT 100 is not easier than MAT 101. It is just different. Hard work is required in both classes.
Use the sample content information below to help a student decide:
MAT 101
MAT 100
By the end of MAT 101, students will know how to answer each of the following:
 Sally is working as a salesperson and has the option of being paid a monthly salary of $1800 or of being paid a monthly salary of $1500 with 10% commission on her sales. For what amount of monthly sales will the two options be equal?
 A ball is thrown directly upward from a height of 4 ft with an initial velocity of 48 ft/sec. The function s(t)=16t^{2} + 48t + 4 gives the height of the ball, in feet, t seconds after it has been thrown. When will the ball reach its maximum height?
 In 2012, a town had a population of 18,970. In 2015, the population had grown to 21,340. Predict the population in 2020.
By the end of MAT 100, students will know how to answer each of the following:
 A bag contains 3 blue marbles, 7 red marbles, and 9 yellow marbles. A single marble is drawn from the bag. What is the probability that the marble is yellow?
 One semester, a student earns the following grades in her courses. Calculate her GPA for the semester.
Course
Credit
HrsGrade
MAT 100
3
A
BSC 103
3
C
BSC 103L
1
B
ENG 101
3
A
 A man invests $1,500 today into an account earning 2.7% annual interest compounded monthly. How much money will be in the account in 2 years?
What about the 101S and 100S classes?
 These are support courses that are one credit hour each taken in the same semester as their GEC counterpart course. It is a separate course with a separate grade. Students must attend both.
 Any student taking MAT 101 or 100 can enroll in MAT 101S or 100S, respectively.
 In MAT 101S, students will be learning in an active learning environment. This will allow students the opportunity to learn not only from the instructor but from one another as well.
 In MAT 100S online or MAT 101S online, students will be engaged with one another via regularlyposted discussion boards and online active learning activities.
Is MAT 101S offered online?
Online MAT 101S is reserved for fully online students or students who have classes already scheduled at all offered 101S times.
Questions?
For more information, contact Emileigh.McCardleFREEMississippi (HBG) or Kalyn.LameyFREEMississippi (GP).