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Changes Effective Fall 2018

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NOVA’s college-level math courses (those starting with the MTH prefix) have been revised or replaced (Fall 2018). This is a statewide change put in place to improve transferability and improve success.” right above “New Course Numbers and More.

New Course Numbers and More

Many of NOVA’s MTH courses will have the same content, but their course number will be different. For instance, Precalculus I (currently MTH 163) will be renumbered MTH 161.

Other courses, like Calculus I (currently MTH 173; will be renumbered MTH 263) and will change from 5 credit to 4 credits.

A few math courses will no longer be offered. MTH 151, 152, 157, 181 and 182 will be offered this summer and they will be offered one final time in Fall 2018 for students who wish to improve their grade. After Fall 2018, these courses will no longer be offered.

If you need to retake MTH 151, 152, 157, 173, 174, 181, 182 or 286 for grade improvement, Fall 2018 will be your last opportunity to do so. For all other math courses, you can take the renumbered course for grade improvement.

New Prerequisites

Another significant change is that if a math class requires a math prerequisite, you must have earned a C in the prerequisite in order to enroll. For example, if you plan on taking Calculus I in the fall, you must have earned a grade of C in the prerequisite course.

Which math course should you take?

NOVA’s degree and certificate programs have been updated to reflect the new MTH courses. These new courses will also replace our existing courses in the transfer agreements with our university partners. If you are in the middle of an MTH course sequence, then you may continue the sequence with one of the new courses. For further guidance, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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