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Pathways Information
The pathway you choose should be determined by the degree program you plan to pursue. Brazosport College offers three pathways leading to:
      • MATH 1314: College Algebra
      • MATH 1342: Statistics
      • TECM 1401: Industrial Mathematics
There are two ways to complete each pathway.  First, leading to each of these courses is a sequence of transitional mathematics courses. These are traditional lecture based courses, shown in the diagram below.  Second, you can complete each pathway by enrolling in Individualized Transitional Mathematics.  This programs allows you to complete coursework at your own pace utilizing the computer.  Click here for more information about Individualized Transitional Mathematics.
Your starting point will be determined by placement testing.
Completing MATH 0407, Pre-Statistics or MATH 0408, Intermediate Algebra will classify you as “TSI Complete”, which means you are prepared for college level study in mathematics. Please note that being TSI complete in mathematics, reading, and writing is required to earn any degree in the State of Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pathways
Q: What is the difference between algebra and statistics?
A: A traditional course in algebra is designed to prepare students for other higher level courses in mathematics, such as trigonometry, calculus, and business math. Algebra also provides the mathematics skills needed for courses in the sciences, such as chemistry and physics. Statistics, on the other hand, tends to be more “real world” oriented and is applicable to a variety of other academic areas, from psychology to politics.
Q: Is there an advantage to selecting the Statistics Pathway over the Algebra Pathway
A: If your future degree plan does not require algebra, the Statistics Pathway is advantageous simplify because it is shorter. This pathway will require less time for you to complete your mathematics requirement.
Q: What is taught in a statistics course?
A: The main focus in Math 1342 is what we call inferential statistics. Suppose you want to learn something about a large population, such as voters, students, or a manufactured product. However, the population is far too large to actually measure. Instead, we can take a representative sample of the population, measure the sample, and use those results to accurately infer something about the entire population. Inferential statistics also has application in industry, manufacturing, medicine, and quality control. Statistics also allows us to use experiences and data from past events to make predictions about future events, such as consumer purchasing trends or the path of a hurricane.
Q: I was told by a friend that statistics was really hard, worse than algebra. Is that true?
A: It is critical that all students understand that “hard” and “easy” are relative to the person looking at the course. What is hard for one person is easy for another. So, students are encouraged to put little weight in the opinions of others concerning what is hard or easy. Statistics and algebra are different, but one is not harder than the other.
Q: I have already taken Math 0408, Intermediate Algebra. Can I take Math 1342, Statistics, or do I need to go back and take PreStatistics?
A: If you have successfully completed Math 0408, you can take Math 1342.
Q: What if I select the Statistics pathway, but change my mind. Can I take Math 1314, College Algebra after taking Pre-Statistics?
A: The Pre-Statistics course is designed to prepare a student for Statistics, but not College Algebra. So, if a student wishes to pursue algebra instead of statistics, a placement test will be given to determine where in the algebra pathway a student should start. Keep in mind, however, that if a student completes Math 0407, PreStatistics, they will have learned some algebra that will help them perform well on the placement test.


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