Math Placement Levels

As part of the Matriculation Process, first-time college students will receive one of the following Initial Math Placements: Transfer Math with Support (Baseline), Transfer Math, or higher-level Math for BSTEM majors.
The Saddleback College Math course sequence is listed below:

Transfer Math with Support (Baseline Level):

Placement courses include: Math 103, Math 14, Math 10+210S, Math 10, Math 8+208S and Math 124+224S. Other eligible courses: Psyc 44, Business 10, Econ 2 and Econ 4

Baseline placement is the default initial Math Placement from the Guided Self Placement Survey. Incoming first-time college students are at minimum eligible for this level upon completion of the Matriculation Process. All courses are at college-level.


Transfer Math:

Placement courses include: Math 8, Math 124
Other eligible courses: Chem 3 and all courses in lower placement level

Requirements to receive this Math Placement:

  • Two semesters of high school Algebra 2 (or equivalent), successfully completed with a grade of C (or higher) and an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Intermediate Algebra from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, successfully completed with a grade of C or higher.
  • Grades of C- and lower are considered non-passing.

Higher-level Math for BSTEM Majors

Placement courses include: Math 11, Math 2, Math 3A
Other eligible courses: all courses in lower placement levels

Requirements to receive this Math Placement:

  • Equivalent high school math coursework (e.g. PreCalc, Math Analysis, Calculus), successfully completed with a grade of C (or higher) and an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Grades of C- and lower are considered non-passing.

After receiving Initial Math Placement from high school transcript data, students can clear higher math course prerequisites. Submit your evidence for evaluation if you have:

  • completed higher level MATH at an accredited U.S. college or university
  • earned a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC exam


See the Math Prerequisites webpage for submission procedures.