Resources for Future Students

Future Students

Resources for Future Students

Whether you are looking for online college courses while in high school, hoping to prepare for college-level math courses, or looking for an excellent undergraduate program in pure or applied math, UCCS Department of Mathematics has a number of resources to support you.


The MathOnline program at UCCS allows qualified high school and post-high school students to enroll for credit in UCCS courses without having to physically be on campus. Anyone meeting the educational requirements for each specific course is welcome. 

Most MathOnline courses are offered synchronously with the corresponding on-campus courses. Panopto technology gives you access to the course through a dual video feed, one showing the whiteboard and the other focusing on the entire front of the class. This gives a very realistic feeling to the lectures. 

MathOnline course credits are transferable to many top-tier institutions across the country.

Extended Studies

MATH 99 is an Extended Studies course designed to sharpen the basic mathematical skills needed in college-level mathematics.

Successful completion of MATH 99 satisfies the prerequisite for MATH 1040 (College Algebra). Registration for this course is via the Student Portal. Additional information can be found on the relevant Extended Studies page.

Here is the official description of the course.

MATH 99 - Algebraic Literacy: Develops the necessary skills for manipulating algebraic expressions. Topics include factoring, polynomials, rational expressions, radicals, absolute value, complex numbers, linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and graphs of functions. Prepares students for MATH 1040. Does not count toward a bachelor’s degree. (5 Credits)

Review Materials for College Algebra (PDF)

Math Course Placement

All undergraduate students must fulfill the Compass Curriculum Quantitative Reasoning requirement, and any MATH course numbered 1040 or higher satisfies this requirement. Individual colleges at UCCS have further quantitative reasoning requirements, and various majors require specific mathematics courses. Please check with your academic advisor to be sure about the most appropriate courses for you.

This video discusses the content and goals of the currently offered entry-level mathematics courses, namely MATH 99MATH 1040MATH 1060MATH 1120MATH 1330, and MATH 1350.

There are four main ways a student can place into their first MATH course - through:

  1. Certain transferred credits or high AP scores
  2. A high school GPA of 3.5 or higher with an advanced high school math credit (into MATH 1040--speak with your academic advisor about this path)
  3. ACT/SAT scores
  4. Taking an Accuplacer exam. 



Paths to Math Course Placement

High School GPA

Students with a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, who also have an advanced math credit from high school, are automatically qualified to take MATH 1040 (College Algebra). Please check with your academic advisor about this path.


Students who submit their ACT or SAT scores to UCCS, can automatically place into certain MATH courses, up to Calculus I. For more details, click the button below.

Accuplacer Exam

If you believe your placement by previously earned credits, high school GPA, or ACT/SAT score is not a good fit, you can challenge it by taking the Accuplacer exam. For more details, click the button below.