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Programs> General Math Studies

Important Change: RP Grade

In accordance with a new SDSU policy, the RP grade will no longer be used in any GMS class—effective immediately. This means that the grade scale for GMS 90 and GMS 91 will now be as follows:

  • 700-1000 Credit (CR)
  • 0-699 No credit (NC)

If you have questions about this, you may (619) 594-2773.

Important Update: Change in Cut-off scores for grades in GMS courses

All GMS students, please note that effective fall 2010, the cut-off scores for receiving a credit in GMS 90 and 91 have been changed. Students in either course who earn 700 or more points will receive a credit.Students in GMS 91 earning 0-699 points will receive a no credit; students in GMS 90 earning 500-699 points will receive an RP; students in GMS 90 earning 0-499 points will receive a no credit.

This announcement supersedes any printing (e.g.—syllabi, manuals) or posting (e.g.—websites) of any different cut-off scores.

Please contact Pat Morgan, morgan2@mail.sdsu.edu, if you need any more information.


Program Overview

Welcome to the General Math Studies Program! We hope this will be a successful semester for you. We are here to help you satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  1. Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
  2. Math Placement Exam, Part C* (Math Competency Test/Transfer Math Assessment exam)
    *This exam is no longer a university requirement; go to Advising if you have questions.
  3. SDSU Math Placement Exam, Part IA (Intermediate Algebra)--prerequisite for most entry level GE math classes.

The following reviews some of our general policies and lists the competencies satisfied by each of our classes.


Policies

  1. Our classes are offered for Credit/No Credit only (or “RP” for our 90A students)
  2. Auditing and Late Withdrawal are against departmental policy.
  3. Policies regarding final exams:
    1. Finals for all GMS sections will be held on Saturday of finals week at 1:00pm.
    2. All GMS final exams last 100 minutes.
    3. No calculators or extra scratch paper allowed.
    4. Students arriving late may not be permitted to take the exam.


Competencies

  1. GMS 91--Credit is earned by cumulative performance on two midterms (250 points each), a department final (400 points), and class participation (attendance, participation, quizzes, homework--100 points). 650 points or more earns a credit and satisfies the ELM, the Placement, Part IA, and the Transfer Math Assessment requirements. PLEASE NOTE: PASSING THE TEST OFFICE'S MATH PLACEMENT, PART IA EXAM DOES NOT SATISFY THE ELM NOR DOES IT EXEMPT A STUDENT FROM THE GMS 91 FINAL. PASSING THE ELM HAS NO IMPACT ON GMS 91/99C COURSE GRADES.

  2. GMS 90--Credit is earned by cumulative performance on two midterms (250 points each), a department final (400 points), and class participation (attendance, participation, quizzes, homework--100 points). Students earning 650 points or more receive a credit, 500 - 649 --an "RP," and 499 or fewer points--a no credit. No competencies are directly satisfied by this class, but it does prepare students to challenge the ELM, and a grade of RP or credit qualifies a student for GMS 91.
    PLEASE NOTE: PASSING THE TEST OFFICE'S MATH PLACEMENT, PART IA EXAM DOES NOT SATISFY THE ELM NOR DOES IT EXEMPT A STUDENT FROM THE GMS 90 FINAL. PASSING THE ELM HAS NO IMPACT ON GMS 90 COURSE GRADES.
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*** Please take full advantage of all the services offered by our program, and please contact us if we can be of further assistance. Best wishes!