Placement and Credit
Titles of selected first-year math courses:
- Math 1020 Corequisite Support for MATH 1021 College Algebra (2)
- Math 1021 College Algebra (3)
- Math 1022 Plane Trigonometry (3)
- Math 1028 Corequisite Support for MATH 1029 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (2)
- Math 1029 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics (3)
- Math 1100 The Nature of Mathematics (3)
- Math 1431 Calculus with Business and Economic Applications (3)
- Math 1510 Biomathematics: Calculus, Probability, and Statistics I (5)
- Math 1520 Biomathematics: Calculus, Probability, and Statistics II (4)
- Math 1530 Differential Calculus (3)
- Math 1540 Integral Calculus (3)
- Math 1550 Differential and Integral Calculus (5)
- Math 1551 HONORS: Differential and Integral Calculus (5)
- Math 1552 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
- Math 1553 HONORS: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (4)
|ALEKS PPL Score2||MACT Score||QSAT Score||HS GPA||Prior College Credit||Course Credited||Placement|
|Math 1510, 1540, 1550, 15513||Math 1520, 1552, or 1553|
|81 or higher4||Math 1021||Math 1551 (or lower courses)|
|76 or higher4||Math 1021||Math 1510 (or lower courses), or Math 1530, or Math 1550|
|61 or higher4||25 or higher5||590 or higher5||Math 1021||Math 1022,6 1431,6 1029, or 1100|
|41 or higher||21 or higher||530 or higher||Math 1021, 1029, or 1100|
|35 or higher||19 or higher||510 or higher||3.0/4.0 or higher||Any college-level, gen ed math course||Math 1021 and 1020 concurrently,7 or 1029, or 1100|
|30 or higher||17 or higher||470 or higher||2.75/4.0 or higher||Math 1021 and
1020 concurrently,7 or
Math 1029 and 1028 concurrently7
|29 or lower||16 or lower||469 or lower||Math 1029 and 1028 concurrently7|
This chart applies universally to students in all majors and minors at LSU.
When deciding which course to select from the above placement lists,
the student should consider which math courses are required in his or her major or minor.
2 A student can take ALEKS up to 5 times in one year. A student may attempt to improve the initial ALEKS score (and hence the math placement) by spending sufficient hours in the ALEKS Learning Module.
3 No student who has already received credit for a mathematics course numbered 1510 or above may be registered in a mathematics course numbered below 1510, unless given special permission by the Department of Mathematics.
4 Students can also earn Math 1021 credit via ALEKS but should visit "Undergraduate Examinations" in the "Academic Regulations" chapter of the catalog for additional rules.
5 Credit in Math 1021 based on MACT or QSAT is awarded to incoming or transfer students as long as the MACT or QSAT score is no more than 24 months old on the student’s first day of classes at LSU.
6 Credit in Math 1021 (however earned) is the prerequisite for Math 1022 and 1431.
7 The Math 1021 and 1020 linked coreq sections have the same section number; similarly for Math 1029 and 1028.
No student may receive more than nine semester hours of credit in mathematics courses
numbered below 1510, with two exceptions:
(a) This nine-hour limit doesn’t apply to students who are pursuing the elementary education degree and following the 12-hour sequence specified in that curriculum, and:
(b) Math 1020 and 1028 don't count in the nine-hour limit mentioned above.
A student who receives a grade of "C-" or better in Math 1431,
1510, 1530, 1540,
1550, or 1551 will automatically receive
retroactive credit for Math 1021.
A student who receives a grade of "C-" or better in Math 1552/1553/1554 will automatically receive retroactive credit in Math 1022.
LSU students who are taking calculus at another institution to transfer back to LSU for credit must meet the calculus prerequisites at that institution, which in most cases is not an ALEKS PPL score. An ALEKS PPL score is not needed for transfer credit in Math 1530 or 1550.
|AP Calculus AB score (or "AB subscore" on AP Calculus BC)||4+||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|AP Calculus AB (or "AB subscore" on AP Calculus BC)||3||Math 1021 and either Math 1431 or 1530⁴||6||No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables.|
|AP Calculus BC||4+||Math 1021, 1022, 1550,⁴ 1552||15||Math 2057/2058|
|AP Calculus BC||3||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|CLEP College Alg||50+||Math 1021||3||Math 1022, 1431, 1100, or 1029|
|CLEP Calculus||56+||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|IB (International Baccalaureate) Math||5||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|IB (International Baccalaureate) Math||4||Math 1021 and either Math 1431 or 1530⁴||6||No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables.|
|⁴ ALEKS PPL not required for credit in Math 1530 or 1550.|
LSU's math placement and credit exams:
Placement exams can improve a student's initial placement; they cannot lower a student's placement. Credit exams can give advanced-standing credits. For example, students who wish to register in Math 1552 must have credit in Math 1550 or 1551. One way to earn this credit is by passing the credit exam in Math 1550.
- Topics for LSU's Placement and Credit exam for College Algebra (Math 1021)
- Topics for LSU's Placement and Credit exam for Trigonometry (Math 1022)
- Topics (and practice problems) for LSU's Credit (not placement) exam for Differential and Integral Calculus (Math 1550)
Placement and credit exams can be taken in the Office of Testing & Evaluation Services (TES; formerly called the Office for Assessment and Evaluation; 578-1145) in 51 Himes Hall (basement). Contact that office for test time and scheduling. Arrive 30 minutes before the test time, and bring a picture ID.
|Algebra Exam||Trig Exam||Calculus I Exam||Credit||Placement|
|14 or higher||Math 1550⁴||Math 1552/1553|
|13 or higher||Math 1022||Students wanting to take Math 1510, 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS calendar.|
|16 or higher||Math 1021⁵||Math 1022, 1029, 1100, or 1431,|
|⁴ ALEKS PPL not required for credit in Math 1530 or 1550.
⁵ Students admitted to LSU with low MACT, QSAT, and ALEKS scores who need credit in Math 1021 can try to score 16 or higher on the Algebra exam.
Last updated March 28, 2023.