Core Curriculum

Prerequisites for Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Prerequisites for courses involving mathematical knowledge and skills vary by course.  Your QR general education requirement in will depend on your major. Students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics (BA-Math Intensive Track), Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, or Physics have upper level math requirements in their major.  Students in those majors should plan to complete part 3 of the required Pacement Test. Information on the placement exam required for enrollment in specific courses is here.

Prerequistes, including any specific placement exam scores, are listed below. Courses satisfying Quantitative Reasoning requirement are indicated as [QR COURSE]. 

ECO 120, ESP 123, GEO 107, GEO 270, PHI 205, POS 102 [QR COURSES] do not have test score or MAT prerequisites. These courses are appropriate for students whose majors do not require specific MAT or other courses to satisfy QR.

MAT 100 course:  No test scores required for enrollment in MAT 100.

MAT 101 course: requirement for enrollment is any one of the following:

  • MAT 100 course (or equivalent math course) OR
  • USM Math Placement Test 1 with a score of 7 or more; Accuplacer QAS score of 250

MAT 105 or 120 course [QR COURSE]:  requirement for enrollment into any of these courses is any one of the following:

  • MAT 100 or MAT 101 course (or equivalent math course) with a C or better OR
  • USM Math Placement Test OR
  • SATM score of 570 or higher (new test) OR
  • ACT score of 22 or higher OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score of 263 or higher 

MAT 108 or MAT 131 course: requirement for enrollment into any of these courses is any one of the following:

  • MAT 101 (or equivalent math course) with a C or better OR
  • USM Mathematics Placement Test 1 with a Score of 14 or more OR
  • SATM score of 570 or higher OR
  • ACT score of 22 or higher OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score of 263 or higher 

MAT 140 [QR COURSE] course: requirement for enrollment is one of the following: 

  • MAT 108 (or equivalent math course) OR
  • USM Mathematics Placement Test 2 with a score of 10 or more OR
  • SATM score of 570 or above and  AAF score of 250 or above OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score of 263 or above and AAF score of 250 

MAT 152 [QR COURSE] course:  requirement for enrollment is one of the following: 

  • MAT 140  (or equivalent math course) OR
  • USM Mathematics Placement Test 3 with a score of 10 or more OR
  • SATM score of 570 or above andAAF score of 276 or higher OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score of 263 or above and AAF score of 276 or higher 

LOS 120 [QR COURSE] requirement for enrollment is one of the following

  • USM Mathematics Placement Test 1 with a score of 14 or more OR
  • SAT Math score 570 or greater OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score 263 or greater ) OR
  • any 100-level mathematics course with a C-minus or better.

PSY 201 [QR COURSE] requirement for enrollment is one of the following

  • USM Mathematics Placement Test 1 with a score of 14 or more OR
  • SAT Math score 570 or greater OR
  • Accuplacer QAS score 263 or greater OR
  • MAT 100 minimum grade of C- OR
  • Transfer courses that are considered college ready

SOC 307 [QR COURSE] requirement for enrollment is one of the following

  • SOC 210 and any 100-level MAT course OR
  • SOC 210 and USM Mathematics Placement TEST 1 with a score of 14 or more OR
  • SOC 210 and SAT Math score 570 or greater or ACT 22 or greater.