Students at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri will be able to dodge college algebra starting next fall, according to a statement from the university.
Instead, the one-size-fits-all course will be replaced with math-related classes specific to one’s major.
“College algebra in the past served too many interests,” said Laurie Wern Overmann, mathematics instructor at SEMO, to the Southeast Missourian. “[These pathways] now target the needs of students.”
According to the Missouri Department of Higher Education, which started reviewing the efficiency of math courses in 2014:
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▪ Students in humanities will have a course that covers conversions, ratios, statistics and functions.
▪ Business majors will take Precalculus A, which is foundations and analysis of functions, logarithmic equations and algebraic reasoning.
▪ Science, technology, engineering and math majors will take Precalculus A and Precalculus B, which includes trigonometry, geometric reasoning and vectors, and polar coordinates.
Illinois residents may be eligible for Missouri in-state tuition at the Cape Girardeau university through the Midwest Student Exchange Program. Estimated cost for tuition, fees and living expenses at SEMO is about $15,000.