Online College Algebra

MAT 117 - College Algebra and Problem Solving

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This online college algebra course equips you with the skills to effectively solve problems using algebraic reasoning. What sets this course apart from a standard algebra course is its strong emphasis on the techniques that are used to solve problems. The goal is not to simply teach you mathematical forms but to help you understand the “whys” behind how you are solving problems.

Throughout this course, you will be able to participate in discussions with other students and the...

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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

Next start date:

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: Self-paced or 15 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Use basic algebraic operations on numbers, expressions, and equations.
  • Solve real-world application problems.
  • Apply algebraic reasoning to solve a range of problems.
  • Begin future studies in precalculus and calculus.

What to expect in class

ALEKS Topics, Quizzes, Active Learning Assignments, Practice Exams, Final Exam

Exams and grading

Instructor paced


Quizzes (2)


Active Learning Assignments (4)


Final Exam (1)



Final Exam (1)


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course is worth 3 credit hours toward the Mathematical Studies (MA) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff




Lecturer, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Arizona State University

Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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