Online Precalculus

MAT 170 - Precalculus

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In this college-level precalculus course, you will prepare for calculus by focusing on quantitative reasoning and functions. You'll develop the skills to describe the behavior and properties of linear, exponential, logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions. This course tailors content and personalizes the learning experience around your skill level, allowing you to achieve mastery in a certain concept before moving on to the next. Utilizing the ALEKS learning system, students in this personalized course will be instructed on the topics they are most ready to learn. Individualized coaching is also provided as you move through each new topic.

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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.

Before taking this course, you should already have a strong understanding of algebraic skills such as factoring, basic equation solving, and the rules of exponents and radicals. These algebraic skills can be mastered though the college algebra course.

MAT 117 College Algebra is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for success in this course.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Aug. 20, 2024 (16 weeks)

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

What you’ll learn

  • Use basic algebraic operations on numbers, expressions, and equations
  • Solve real-world application problems
  • Apply algebraic and trigonometric reasoning to solve a range of problems
  • Begin 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. A self paced 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