Starting Fall 2022, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) is requiring major changes to the Math and English course offerings at Santa Rosa Junior College. The pre-transfer level Math and English courses listed below will not be offered:
- MATH 101: Mathematics for the Associate Degree
- MATH 150: Elementary Algebra
- MATH 154: Elementary and Intermediate Algebra for Business and STEM
- MATH 156: Intermediate Algebra for Business and STEM
- MATH 161: Mathematics Preparation for Business and Liberal Arts
- ENGL 100: College Reading and Writing
(NOTE: Course numberings of 1-99 are considered transfer-level to UC and CSU systems, while courses numbered 100-399 are considered pre-transfer-level).
Multiple courses and degrees utilize these pre-transfer level classes as prerequisite requirements. The information below will help you navigate through these changes:
- How do I enroll in transfer-level courses that list any of the above classes as a pre-requisite?
Multiple courses, especially in Business and STEM, utilize some of the above classes as pre-requisite requirements for enrollment. Examples include MATH 15 (Elementary Statistics), MATH 27 (Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry), CHEM 42 (Introduction to General Chemistry), ECON 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics), and English 1A (College Composition). If you are missing any of the above classes and do not have an appropriate placement based on AB705 mandates, you will need to submit a pre-requisite challenge form. The respective department chair will review this information and clear your enrollment, if appropriate.
To determine if you meet course prerequisites using your AB705 placement, please review the following:
- Do the pre-transfer classes listed above still count towards my degree or certificate if I have already taken the course?
Yes. Eliminating pre-transfer level Math and English classes will primarily impact pre-requisites for subsequent introductory transfer-level courses. Math and English courses already taken will still count towards a degree and certificate.
- I’m almost done with my degree and/or certificate and all I needed was one of the English or Math classes listed above. What do I take now?
To complete your degree/certificate, you can enroll in an introductory transfer level Math or English course.
- If your degree or certificate required MATH 150, 154, or 156, you can take MATH 25 or 9 instead.
- If your degree or certificate required MATH 101 or 161, you can take MATH 10, 9, 15, or 25.
- If your degree or certificate required ENGL 100, you can take ENGL 1A.
Some California Community Colleges or private institutions are still offering pre-transfer level Math and English classes (though not many) and you may also enroll in that course and file for a course substitution to complete your degree. Please speak with a counselor for additional guidance about course enrollment or substitution.
- Will this impact my transfer agreement with UC, CSU, private institutions, or my intended Associate Degree for Transfer (AD-T)?
Currently, transfer level Math and English courses are already required for our CSU GE Pattern, IGETC GE Pattern, and our Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T). Most California Community Colleges are making similar changes at this time, and we do not see an impact on any of our transfer courses or articulation agreements with our 4-year partners. SRJC is keeping track of any potential impacts with the elimination of pre-transfer courses and is awaiting additional guidance from the CCCCO, CSU, and UC Chancellor Offices.
- What Math course is now required to get an Associate Degree at SRJC?
In most instances, to meet the Math Competency Requirement to earn an Associate Degree, students need to complete a math course equivalent to MATH 101 (Math for the Associate Degree) or MATH 156 (Intermediate Algebra for Business and STEM) or higher. Starting Fall 2022, SRJC will not be offering MATH 101 or 156, but completing a course like MATH 10 (Nature of Math), MATH 15 (Introduction to Statistics), or MATH 9 (Finite Math) will allow you to satisfy this requirement. If you already completed MATH 101, MATH 156, or equivalent, it will still count towards a degree or certificate.
- I’m an incoming student and did not take or pass Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3 in high school. I saw from the placement tiers on the SRJC Assessment Website that I can enroll in Math 9, 25, 10, or Math 15 with Math 215 concurrent support. I believe I am still not prepared. What other supports are available to help with my success?
The Math Lab (located in Kunde Hall) and Tutorial Center (located in Doyle Library) will be providing academic assistance to help answer questions or work on any knowledge areas you feel need to be further developed. Please check their respective websites for tutoring schedules, information, and online tutoring.
As an aside, similar to the MATH 15/215 concurrent support, ENGL 50 is also a concurrent support course for ENGL 1A which can provide additional assistance.
- I notice pre-transfer level courses in Math are still offered in Summer 2022. How are those impacted by this change?
Summer 2022 will be the last opportunity to enroll in pre-transfer level math classes at SRJC. Classes taken in Summer 2022 will still count to satisfy course prerequisite requirements and towards degrees and certificates. Summer 2022 is no different than any previous semester.
- Why is this happening?
The California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 705 (AB705) requiring community colleges to maximize the probability of success of students to complete transfer level Math and English within the first year of enrollment. Application of the law’s requirements necessitates changing the course offerings at SRJC.
- If this is law, why do I still need to submit pre-requisite challenge forms or course substitution forms?
Changes to course requirements (e.g., pre-reqs) require at least a year to be implemented; however, the requirements around AB705 must be enacted this Fall 2022. This is an instance where legislative and course curriculum requirement timelines do not align.