PREREQUISITE FAQ FOR MATH COURSES
QUESTIONS
 

 
ANSWERS
 
I want to take Math XXX. What are the prerequisites?
 
You can find the prerequisites listed for your course in the course descriptions.
 

Why do you have prerequisites and where do they come from?

 

Our prerequisites are based on years of experience. They serve two purposes: one is to ensure that each student has the best chance of success in a course. Students who have the prerequisites for a course have, in our experience, a reasonable chance of succeeding in that course. Students who have not achieved the stated level of proficiency in a required course nearly always end up dropping the course or earning "No Credit".

 

The other purpose is to maintain the integrity of the course itself -- most of our courses transfer to other institutions throughout the province, which means that students who earn credit for a given course at UFV are expected to exhibit a certain level of proficiency in the appropriate area. When there is a group of students lacking prerequisites in a class, the whole class gets slowed down to the point where either the range of topics is not covered or some topics are not covered in the appropriate depth. Thus the entire class is penalised and future courses they may take are jeopardised.

 

I don't have the prerequisites for the math course I want. Can I still take it?

 

No, not right away, but we do have a course for you -- please see the UFV Math Course Descriptions. The only apparent exceptions are in cases where UFV hasn't had the chance to confirm a student's out-of-province course. If you fall into this category, make sure that you send a detailed course outline to Admissions and Registration, so they can start processing it.

 

I don't have the required math course for a course or program in a different area. Can I still get in?

 

That depends entirely on the area saying that the math course is a prerequisite. You will have to ask someone from that department.

 
So what do I do if I don't have the prerequisites for the course I want?
 

You should register for the prerequisite course instead. If you are reading this in the spring, you may have enough time to take the required course via distance education or, if the course is at the high school level, through your local school district. UFV's Student Services department can give you more information about these options.

 

Please see the calendar for more details about which UFV courses feed into which other courses.

 

I have the prerequisites, but my last math class was years ago. Can I still take the course?

 

If the required course is more than three years old, our advice is that you should re-take it in order to bring yourself up to speed for the course you want. Our experience shows that even the hardest-working, most mathematically-inclined students have severe problems when they attempt a course with "stale-dated" prerequisites. It seems that, when it comes to studying mathematics, what you don't use, you lose, very quickly!

 

If you feel you don't have the time to re-take the prerequisite course, get a copy of a textbook at the appropriate level and start reviewing. You should contact your instructor as soon as possible* for advice as to what you need to review.

 

* Instructors are available from mid August through mid June.

I still have questions!

 

Contact student services, or a mathematics instructor

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