Online College Algebra

MAT 117 - College Algebra

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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. Throughout this course, you will be able to participate in discussions with other students and the professor to help build your conceptual understanding of algebra. In this course, you will learn about systems of linear equations, rational functions, quadratic functions, logarithmic functions, general polynomial functions, and exponential functions.

Additionally, our college algebra online course uses cutting-edge adaptive technology (the ALEKS learning system). ALEKS is a personalized math tutor that will help you learn each of the skills in our course at your own pace. Our goal is to reduce your “math anxiety” and ensure you walk away feeling confident about math. This online college algebra course — offered as on-demand or session-based — equips you with the skills to effectively solve problems using algebraic reasoning.

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:

Aug. 20, 2024 (16 weeks)

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: On-demand, 12, or 16 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • How to apply algebraic reasoning to solve a range of problems
  • How to identify functions, domains, ranges, intercepts and other critical algebraic concepts
  • Skills required for success in future studies in calculus

What to expect in class

ALEKS topics, quizzes, active learning assignments, practice exams, and final exam

Exams and grading


Unit Quizzes (4)


Midterm Exam


Final Exam


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. Course attendance dates will be listed on your transcript. An on-demand course will appear on your transcript in the session you complete the course.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the MATH: Mathematics 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

Carla van de

Carla van de


Associate Professor,

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Arizona State University

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Online Course Manager,

Learning Enterprise

Arizona State University

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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