Frequently Asked Questions
- What is changing?
Every math course is being revised or replaced and courses numbers are changing.
- Why are we making these changes?
We have worked with all Virginia Community College System (VCCS) institutions and most four-year institutions in the state to design a course structure that:
- aligns with statewide informed pathways
- increases transferability,
- should improve student success.
- When do the changes take effect?
The new math courses will be offered for the first time in Fall 2018.
- How will the class changes affect NOVA’s degree and certificate programs?
Every degree and certificate program has been updated to reflect the new math courses. Students placed into the 2018-2019 catalog year will take the new math courses to fulfill their math requirements. Students who have completed their mathematics coursework under an old catalog will not need to take more math. Students who are in an old catalog year and have not completed their math requirements will complete a mix of old and new math courses.
- What if students want to replace their grades in a class that is being eliminated?
Some courses are only being revised. For these courses, a grade in the new equivalent course will replace the grade in an old course.
Some courses are being eliminated and replaced with different courses. Others are changing credit hours. Grades in these courses will not be replaced by grades in the corresponding new courses. For courses that do not have suitable grade replacements, we will offer one last section in Fall 2018 in the Annandale Campus, and one last section through NOVA Online. These sections will only be open to students who are repeating the course.
- What else do I need to know?
In order to move to the next math course, students must earn a grade of C or higher in the prerequisite course. In other words, students taking math this semester must earn a grade of C or higher if they are to take the next math course in Fall 2018.
- How can I learn more?
Ask your math instructor, visit your faculty advisor, or visit your campus math department. Please ask us for help if you need it. Our goal at NOVA is to make this transition as seamless as possible for you. Summer registration begins on March 27 and Fall registration begins on April 6. If you understand what is changing, then you will be able to make informed registration decisions for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters.
- What if a student started their math sequence and needs to finish it? What class should they take to finish the sequence?
If a student has not completed all of the courses in any of the lists in the first column, then the replacements in the second column will be acceptable.
Original Course Group May Be Substituted With MTH 151, MTH 152 MTH 151, MTH 154
MTH 152, MTH 154
MTH 152, MTH 241 MTH 152, MTH 245 MTH 163, MTH 164 MTH 163, MTH 162 MTH 181, MTH 182 MTH 181, MTH 245 MTH 241, MTH 242 MTH 241, MTH 246 MTH 271, 272 MTH 271, MTH 262 MTH 173, MTH 174, MTH 277 MTH 173, MTH 264, MTH 265
MTH 173, MTH 174, MTH 265
MTH 291, MTH 292 MTH 291, MTH 289
- How do new courses apply to old catalogs?
Current College Catalogs (2017-18 and older) will not include the new courses. New courses in the second column may substitute for the corresponding course in the first column.
Original Course May Be Substituted With MTH 151 MTH 154 MTH 152 MTH 154 MTH 157 MTH 245* MTH 163 MTH 161 MTH 164 MTH 162 MTH 166 MTH 167 MTH 181 MTH 161, MTH 245 MTH 182 MTH 161, MTH 245 MTH 241 MTH 245 MTH 242 MTH 246 MTH 271 MTH 261 MTH 272 MTH 262 MTH 173 MTH 263** MTH 174 MTH 264** MTH 277 MTH 265 MTH 285 MTH 266 MTH 200 MTH 281 MTH 286 MTH 288** MTH 291 MTH 267 MTH 292 MTH 289
*MTH 157 is four credit hours, but MTH 245 is three credit hours. Students may need to make up that lost credit hour with an additional math elective depending upon their program of study
**New courses are reduced by one credit hour. Students may need to make up that lost credit hour with an additional 200-level math elective depending upon the program of study.
- How do old courses count for programs in the new (2018-19) College Catalog?
Future College Catalogs (2018 – 19 and later) will not include the original (“old”) courses. Original courses in the first column may substitute for the corresponding course in the second column.
So, if you are program placed in a program of study in the 2018-19 College Catalog and you have already taken the “old” classes at NOVA, they may still count as one of the new courses.
Original Course May Substitute in the Catalog for MTH 151 MTH 154 MTH 163 MTH 161 MTH 164 MTH 162 MTH 166 MTH 167 MTH 181 MTH 165 MTH 182 MTH 154, MTH 155 MTH 241 MTH 245 MTH 242 MTH 246 MTH 271 MTH 261 MTH 272 MTH 262 MTH 173 MTH 263 MTH 174 MTH 264 MTH 277 MTH 265 MTH 285 MTH 266 MTH 200 MTH 281 MTH 286 MTH 288 MTH 291 MTH 267 MTH 292 MTH 289
- How can I replace my grade in an "old" math course?
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.
NOTE: If a math class requires a math prerequisite, you must have earned a C in the prerequisite in order to enroll, even if it is the “old” math course. For example, if you plan on taking Calculus I in the Fall, you must have earned a grade of C in the prerequisite course.
The grade in a course in the second column may replace the grade of the corresponding course in the first column.
Original Course Grade May be Replaced by MTH 151 last chance to repeat MTH 151 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 152 last chance to repeat MTH 152 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 157 last chance to repeat MTH 157 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 163 MTH 161 MTH 164 MTH 162 MTH 166 MTH 167 MTH 181 last chance to repeat MTH 181 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 182 last chance to repeat MTH 182 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 200 MTH 281 MTH 241 MTH 245 MTH 242 MTH 246 MTH 271 MTH 261 MTH 272 MTH 262 MTH 173* last chance to repeat MTH 173 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 174* last chance to repeat MTH 174 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 277 MTH 265 MTH 285 MTH 266 MTH 286* last chance to repeat MTH 286 for grade improvement is Fall 2018 MTH 291 MTH 267 MTH 292 MTH 289
*Grades for MTH 173, MTH 174 and MTH 286 may not be replaced by grades for MTH 263, MTH 264, and MTH 288 because each of these new courses is reduced by one credit hour.
- What is "MCR": Math Co-Requisite?
Starting in Fall 2018, NOVA will offer MCR (Math Co-Requisite) courses for students to obtain additional help in their gateway courses.
- MCR classes are two credits.
- MCR classes are considered to be developmental and qualify for financial aid.
These courses are for students who need 1 or 2 units of developmental math to satisfy the course requirements.
Goals of the MCR course:
- Mathematics Study Skills
- Review of new material from the credit-level course.
- Practice in order to prepare for upcoming lessons in the credit-level course.
- Collaborative problem solving and discussion.
- This class is not a homework lab. Classes will combine lecture, practice and discussion.
Students who have completed at least three of Units 1-5 may co-enroll in MTH 154 with a required section of MCR 4.
Students who have completed Units 1-5 and at least two of Units 6 – 9 may co-enroll in MTH 161 with a required section of MCR 6.
- How do I select the appropriate math course?
The math class you take depends on many factors:
- your math placement
- your program of study
- your transfer intentions
Your Math Placement
If you are a new student at NOVA, you will need to take the English and math placement tests before you begin classes. The results of these tests will help you and NOVA determine the courses you will take. Tests are given at all six campus Testing Centers.
Find out more about the Virginia Placement Test (VPT).
Developmental Math (MTT)
If your placement determines that you are not yet prepared for college-level math (MTH), you may need to take developmental math (MTT).
If you are almost ready for the MTH course you need, you may be able to take it with a support course (MCR).
Your Program of Study
Select the math course that fulfills the requirements for the program of study you are pursuing (your major). You can find the requirements through the College Catalog and through your own Advisement Report in SIS.
Learn how to access your Advisement Report.
Your Transfer Intentions
If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, make sure that you select the course that meets NOVA’s degree requirements and satisfies the math requirement at the four-year institution. You can find information for the NOVA 2018-019 catalog year on Transfer Pathways.
Need more help?
If you need more help in determining the appropriate math course, visit the Student Services Center on any campus, contact your advisor or contact the virtual advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual advisors are also available through chat.