Calculus Placement Evaluation

Any student who wants to take MATH 425 but who has not met the prerequisite must take the online ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment.  Upon completion of the first ALEKS placement assessment, each student is assigned an appropriate Prep and Learning Module by ALEKS.  A student who wishes to improve his or her placement score can, after spending at least five hours in the Prep and Learning Module and waiting 72 hours, choose to take the placement assessment again.

For students who want to take MATH 425 in Spring 2018, the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment is available at the following times:

November 1, 2017 - January 28, 2018

For detailed information about ALEKS PPL and instructions for accessing the placement test, please visit the MATH 425 Placement website

Be sure to take the placement assessment early in the testing period, and do your very best the first time you take it.


MATH 425: Calculus I

Course description: calculus of one variable covering limits, derivatives of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; applications include curve sketching, max-min problems, related rates, and volume and area problems.

  • Generally required for students in the College of Engineering Physical Sciences. Please confirm with your advisor.
  • Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MATH 418, or a qualifying score on the 425 placement evaluation. (Please note: A C- in MATH 418 does not meet the prerequisite).

MATH 424 B: Calculus for Life Sciences

Due to recent revisions in MATH 424B access (Calculus for Life Sciences) the placement test for MATH 424B is not required at this time.

Course description: rational, exponential and logarithmic functions; associated with derivatives and their applications; associated with antiderivatives and their applications. Applications focus on contexts relevant to majors in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

  • Currently there are no placement prerequisites.
  •  Previously required for students in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
  • To access a short sample test here.