TLDR; My community college says I don’t test into Pre-Calculus
I am having dilemma as far as being accepted into the math courses in order to transfer into the degree for my major. Going to community right now and want to transfer to a 4 year. The school I want to end up attending is UMASS Lowell.
So I am a chem engineering major, and I have now successfully completed Chem 1 & 2, and have taken physics courses at community college. These did not have a math perquisite. However one of the requirements of the degree is to have taken Calc 1, 2, 3.
Is anyone familiar with the software Blackboard? For math courses there is module 70s or module 80s. 70s is for liberal arts majors and 80s are for STEM majors. I had already completed the 70s from the previous liberal arts degree I had. Also before going back to college again, I had completed Mods 80-83 and skipped out on 84 and 85. Just to prepare myself for the degree I was about to enter. I never thought it would be a testing requirement.
So I was informed by my college I “did not test” into Calc 1 without having taken Pre Calc first. I then go to signup for Pre Calc, and I’m informed because I did not complete all of the 80 modules, that I could not be accepted into Pre-Calc either.
Flash forward to this semester. They wouldn’t allow me to take a full semester because they explained I only had two modules left to take, so they signed me up for a “mini-mester” which is only a month and a half. To make a long story short I did not complete the last two algebra modules (radical exponents and expressions) in time, and because of that my B+ grade changed to an F grade, even though I already took the class before. I did not believe that was possible. I was told I could retake the course over again if I was willing to pay for another semester and start over from the beginning.
Each chapter/module requires you to fill out a 100 page workbook scanned and emailed to the professor. Get above an 80 on 5 sections of the chapter which contains 30 questions each, pass the online quiz and then test with written work scanned and submitted.
This seems sort of bizarre for me. Isn’t there another way to be accepted into pre calculus which is the lowest level of math? I already took these algebra courses in high school but it has been many years since I was last in high school and never took SATs. It’s holding me back from taking the math courses I need for the degree I want, and is now affecting my GPA with an F grade.