Recommendations to Reduce the Length of Study at UC Denver
Take your first math class early. To get a degree in a reasonable amount of time (4-5 years), the appropriate level math class should be taken your first semester, and a math course should be taken each subsequent semester until all math courses required for your particular degree have been taken. For example, a student who wants to major in engineering is typically expected to take and pass MATH 1401, Calculus I, during their first year. After passing Calculus I, the minimum length of time that is needed to get a BS in engineering is three years. Similarly, a student who wants to get a BS in business is expected to take and pass MATH 1080, Polynomial Calculus, their first year, and after passing Polynomial Calculus, the minimum length of time that a student needs to get a BS in business is three years. This is a minimum length of time and it may take longer depending upon the number of classes a student passes each semester and whether the student takes classes during the summer.
Be mathematically prepared for your first math class. To be successful in a particular math class, you must understand thoroughly the prerequisite material and be accurate with calculations. Many students believe they are prepared and later learn they are not, usually about half way through the semester, and this results in a non-passing grade or withdrawal, causing the student to have to take the appropriate math course the following semester. The math class a student takes their first semester directly affects the length of time it takes a student to get a degree. It is crucial that you take the appropriate math class the first semester, preferably the highest level math class you are prepared for and comfortable taking.
Take a math course every semester at UC Denver until you have completed your mathematics requirement. Some students put off their math course as long as possible. This puts them in a very stressful situation because then if they do not pass the course, their planned graduation date has to be postponed. To make steady progress toward your degree, you should try to take one math course per semester, beginning with a math course at the appropriate level, so that the chance of successfully completing the course is highest. Taking a semester "break" from mathematics causes significant amount of loss in mathematical skills and then requires significant review to regain the lost skills. We also highly recommend students take all their college-level math courses at UC Denver. Students who take their math courses at UC Denver perform significantly better in successive math, science and engineering courses. The average grade in follow-up courses for students who took the prerequisite course at UC Denver is between a tenth and a quarter grade higher than for other students.