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Early Start Math Overview

 

To get started on ESM please follow the directions on the Admissions and Records Early Start Page.

 

Notes for all ESM courses

At the end of your CSUN Early Start Math course you will receive either Credit (CR), ESM Requirement Met (RP), or No-Credit (NC) in your EMS course. In addition your placement in GE Mathematics will be determined by a numerical score (ESM Score) that your instructor will record. Credit in ESM does not necessarily mean improved placement in GE Mathematics. There are three possibilities:

ESM Outcomes

ESM Score

Reason

Math Placement and next steps

ESM Course Grade

0

Failure to complete sufficient work to show minimum required effort.

No improved Fall math placement.

NC

1

Completion of sufficient work to show minimum required effort.

No improved Fall math placement.

RP

50

Completion of sufficient work to show minimum required effort and passing the course content.

Minimum readiness for GE-Level Mathematics. 

CR

 

Early Start fee waivers will be available for those demonstrating need. California residents who applied for financial aid and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less are eligible for a fee waiver for any ESM course.

 

ESM Course Descriptions

ESM 099

Prerequisite: None. This is an accelerated review of elementary algebra topics: equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, graphing, radical expressions, quadratic equations and functions. Credit (CR), Record Participation (RP) and No Credit (NC) only. Students earning CR in ESM 099 are eligible to enroll in GE level Math. Students who participate sufficiently in class activities but have made insufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. RP does not make students eligible for improved GE level mathematics classes, but does satisfy the Early Start requirement. Neither CR nor RP will apply toward the baccalaureate degree but will apply as 3 units of University Credit. This course is not open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have received credit in MATH 093 or MATH 196QR.

ESM 196QR (Please see your advisor before enrolling in ESM 196QR)

Prerequisite: None. The course covers topics in elementary algebra and pre-statistics: equations and inequalities, polynomials, factoring, graphing, quadratic equations and functions, introduction to statistical vocabulary and reading comprehension in mathematical and statistical contexts, data analysis, basic probability, introduction to the normal distribution and inference. Credit (CR), Record Participation (RP) and No Credit (NC) only. Students earning CR in ESM 196QR are eligible to enroll Math 131 and 140 ONLY. Students who participate sufficiently in lab activities but have made insufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. RP does not make students eligible for improved GE level mathematics classes, but does satisfy the Early Start requirement. Neither CR nor RP will apply toward the baccalaureate degree but will apply as 3 units of University Credit. This course is not open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have received credit in MATH 093 or MATH 196QR.

ESM 091A

Prerequisite: None. This is a self-paced diagnostic and preparation for GE level math.  Topics covered include fractions, decimal notation, percent, real numbers and algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities. Credit (CR), Record Participation (RP) and No Credit (NC) only. Students earning CR in ESM 091A are eligible to enroll in GE math. Students who participate sufficiently in lab activities but have made insufficient progress for improved math placement receive a grade of RP. RP does not make students eligible for improved GE level mathematics classes, but does satisfy the Early Start requirement. Neither CR nor RP will apply toward the baccalaureate degree but will apply as 1 unit of University Credit. This course is not open to students who are currently enrolled in or who have received credit in MATH 092, MATH 093, and MATH 196QR.

 


 

Walk in tutoring for all Developmental Mathematics students is available in BH 400 Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information about the Early Start Math courses, please contact Andrea Nemeth ( ) or call the Developmental Math Office (818) 677-2231.