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Pre-college Math Courses

Announcing new course numbers for precollege math courses!

Due to the switch to CTClink, the Math Department needed to change the course numbers for the precollege math classes in order to preserve our student-centered format that allows students to get credit for the portion of each class they successfully complete.

The course content and structure will be the same but the numbers have changed:

  • Math 47 (in the Math Center) is now: Math 41/42/43/44 (total of 5 cr)
  • Math 77 is now: Math 71/72/73/74 (total of 5 cr)
  • Math 87 is now: Math 81/82/83/84 (total of 5 cr)
  • Math 97 is now: Math 93/94 (total of 5 cr)

Note: If you want a traditional section of Math 47 (not individualized) this class is still being offered.


No!  You can take these courses concurrently. That means you can register for Math 71, Math 72, Math 73 and Math 74 all at the same time.  It is the same as taking the 5 credit Math 77 class in one quarter. 

With the transition to CTClink the math department was no longer able to do credit modification agreements for students that gave students the ability to earn credit for successfully part of the course we needed to break these courses out into smaller parts.  The courses themselves are the same (Math 71 + Math 72 + Math 73 + Math 74 = Math 77) but these numbers allow us to keep the student-centered modified credit format.

How to Register

Common Curriculum and Structure

The precollege Math courses at Edmonds College have a modularized, mastery-based structure that is tied to specific objectives.  This structure is consistent between the Math Center (individualized) classes and the more traditional (non-individualized) classes. Because of this common structure, students can receive passing grades on the part of these courses that they have completed and save the work and assessments completed to determine the starting place in the following quarter. Students can take all the credits in the Math Center, or they can start the first quarter in a non-individualized math class and then finish the credits in following quarters in the Math Center. 

Math Center Classes:

Students registered in the Math Center classes work with their instructor to develop a plan and schedule of work for the quarter.  The instructor and the student aides are there to help you learn the material at your pace.  The materials that help you learn the course content is similar to that in the more traditional classes.  The quizzes and exams cover the same content.  

If a student isn’t able to complete all of the credits they registered for at the start of the quarter, they can drop credits by the 7th week. Also, they may be eligible to earn passing grades and credits for the parts of the course that were completed successfully. 

Traditional (Instructor-led sections):

Students who want the structure to complete the entire 5-credit series (e.g. Math 81-82-83-84) in one quarter should choose the instructor-led sections. The instructor sets a pace that makes sure you finish the course in one quarter. Students who want to move at a slower pace or faster pace should consider taking classes in the Math Center instead. Many, but not all, of the instructor-led sections include a portion of the class where the instructor lectures and the remainder of the class where students work together on problem solving.  However, with remote instruction, there is more variation in how class time is used or if the class is completely run asynchronously.

A student who takes the instructor-led class who isn’t able to complete the full 5 credits in one quarter can earn passing grades for the classes completed (e.g. Math 81 & 82). The next quarter, the student should register for the remaining classes in a series in the Math Center (e.g. Math 83 & 84).  Students must register in the Math Center to complete these missing credits within a course series  — an instructor-led classroom is not an option for finishing less than 5 credits.  

Students who do not complete the full 5-credit series will not receive a refund on the unearned credits.  For example, if a student originally registered for 5 credits but earned passing grades for only the first 3 credits, the student will not receive a refund for those other 2 credits.

How to complete your precollege math class sequence to finish all 5 credits.

A student who isn’t able to complete all 5 credits of a precollege math series will need to register the following quarter to complete (or make further progress) by registering for at least some of the remaining classes in the Math Center.  Students must register in the Math Center to complete these missing credits — an instructor-led classroom is not an option for finishing up.  

It is important to register for additional/remaining credits the following quarter.  With the exception of summer quarter, it is not permissible to take a break between starting a pre-college math course series and completing it.  

Please note the following time limits for course completion:  

  • Students are allowed to enroll in part of a series for fewer than 5 credits of Math 41-44, Math 71-74 or Math 81-84; however, all 5 credits must be completed with a 2.0 or higher in one year or less in order to move onto the following course.
  • Students are allowed to take Math 93 or 94 in two different quarters in the math center; however, all 5 credits must be completed with a 2.0 or higher in two consecutive quarters (not including summer).