English and math requirements

English and math requirements

At the University of Nevada, Reno, we take our Core or General Education requirements with the utmost seriousness. Writing and quantitative abilities are necessary skills that ensure a student will be successful in not only their education journey but beyond. This page provides an overview of English and math placement and course progression.

Core curriculum requirements

NSHE requires students to complete ENG 102 and at least three credits of an approved college math course. These two courses may require additional prerequisites, and majors may specify which college math course is required for their students. These two courses will build a foundation for CO1 (Core Objective), CO2, and CO3:

  • Core Objective 1: Effective Composition & Communications. Students will communicate effectively using writing, speaking, or multimedia for scholarly, professional, or creative purposes.
  • Core Objective 2: Quantitative Reasoning. Students will be able to apply quantitative reasoning and mathematical analysis methodologies to understand and solve problems.
  • Core Objective 3: Critical Analysis & Use of Information. Students will be critical consumers of information, able to engage in systematic research processes, frame questions, read critically, and apply observational and experimental approaches to obtain information.

The NSHE policy

The NSHE Corequisite and College-Ready Gateway Policy requires all students to be enrolled in college-level gateway English and math courses in their initial year of enrollment, with or without corequisite support, effective Fall 2021. 

About corequisite instruction

Corequisite instruction is a nationwide movement of teaching college-level math and English through a revised curriculum consisting of innovative instructional practices coupled with just-in-time student support and an elimination of traditional remediation. At the University, it will eliminate the traditional sequence of preparatory courses with a single college-level course that students can complete in one semester.

English requirements

Every student must complete ENG 102 or its equivalent. Normally, students take ENG 100I (with supports), ENG 101, or ENG 113 during their first semester at the University and ENG 102 during the second semester. However, depending on a student’s major requirements, this may be different and a student’s advisor will help them to make the best decision. All students who successfully complete ENG 100I (with supports), ENG 101, or ENG 113 will be prepared to enter into ENG 102.

Initial placement in Core Writing courses will be based on test scores, although students have additional placement options if they do not have test scores or feel that their test scores are not an accurate measure of their ability.

English course options

  • English course options
    • ENG 101 / ENG 113 3 credits
    • ENG 100l (3 credits)
      • With Corequisite Support Labs (ENG 100L/105L) (2 credits)

This table details how test scores are typically used to place students into Core Writing classes: 

English placement scores and requirements

Courses

ACT English

SAT Verbal

AP English and Composition

ENG 100I

Less than 18

Less than 480

N/A

ENG 101 / ENG 113

18-29

480-659

1 or 2

ENG 102 / ENG 114

30 or higher

660 or higher

3 or higher

Alternative placement options for students

Directed self-placement

If you do not have ACT or SAT scores or feel your test scores don’t adequately reflect your abilities as a writer, you can complete a directed self-placement. This involves taking a short survey that helps you decide which writing class is best for you. Note: There are no additional fees required for the survey. Directed self-placement (DSP) will allow you to choose between ENG 100I (with supports), 101 and 113. If you already have a NSHE ID# and are interested in this option, complete the DSP survey.

Portfolio placement

If you feel that you are ready to go straight into ENG 102, the second writing course in our two-course sequence, then you may choose to submit a portfolio of writing samples accompanied by a cover letter that demonstrates and explains how you have met the student learning outcomes for ENG 101. Note: This option requires payment of a $40 fee; placing into 102 is not guaranteed. Learn more about this option for the portfolio placement for 102. 

Additionally, students who have taken College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations or International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations may utilize their scores to receive course credit and determine the next course in their sequence.

  • Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 on the Language and Composition exam may use their score to fulfill the CO1 and CO3 requirement.
  • Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 on the Literature and Composition exam may take ENG 104 in lieu of ENG 102 to fulfill the CO1 and CO3 requirement.
  • ENG 114 may fulfill the CO1 and CO3 requirement for students for whom English is a second or additional language.
Advanced Placement (AP) scores
AP Examination Score required UNR course credit
English language & composition 3 ENG 101
English language & composition 4 or 5 ENG 101 and ENG 102
English literature & composition 3 ENG 101
English literature & composition 4 or 5 ENG 101 and ENG 298 OR ENG 101 and ENG 102 (when ENG 104 is taken)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Scores
IB Examination Score required UNR course credit
English language A: literature OR English Language A: language and literature 4 ENG 101
English language A: literature OR English Language A: language and literature 5, 6 or 7 ENG 101 and ENG 298 OR ENG 101 and ENG 102 (when ENG 104 is taken)

Math requirements

Every student must complete at least 3 units of an approved core math course to satisfy the CO2 requirement. University disciplines have different math requirements in order to prepare their students for future course work; therefore, students should review the Math section in their program description for their major and consult with an academic advisor before selecting a math course(s). All degree-seeking students must be enrolled in the appropriate college-level gateway mathematics course, with or without corequisite support, in their initial year of enrollment.

Liberal Arts / Journalism majors

  • Liberal Arts / Journalism
    • Math 120 3 credits
    • Math 120E (3 credits) with Coreq Support, Math 20 (1 credit)

STEM, Business and Heath Sciences majors

  • STEM, Business and Health Sciences majors
    • Math 126 3 credits
    • Math 126E (3 credits) with Coreq Support, Math 26B (2 credits)
    • Math 126EE (3 credits) with Coreq Support, Math 26C (3 credits)

Initial placement in Core mathematics courses will be based on test scores, although students have additional placement options if they do not have test scores or feel that their test scores are not an accurate measure of their ability.

This table details how test scores are typically used to place students into Core mathematics classes:

Math placement scores and requirements

Courses

ACT Math

SAT Math

Prerequisite Course

ALEKS-PPL

MATH 120

At least 22

At least 530

N/A

At least 46

MATH 120E/20

Less than 22

Less than 530

N/A

Less than 46

MATH 126

At least 22

At least 530

N/A

At least 46

MATH 126E/26B

19-21

510-529

N/A

30-45

MATH 126EE/26C

Less than 19

Less than 510

N/A

Less than 30

MATH 127

At least 27

At least 630

MATH 126 (C)

At least 61

MATH 128

At least 27

At least 630

N/A

50-60

MATH 176

At least 27

At least 630

MATH 126 (C)

At least 61

MATH 181

At least 28

At least 650

MATH 127/128 (C)

At least 76

STAT 152

At least 22

At least 530

MATH 126 (C)

At least 46

Alternative placement methods for students

Aleks PPL

If you do not have ACT or SAT scores or feel your test scores don’t adequately reflect your abilities, you can complete the ALEKS PPL. This involves taking a 1.5-hour long assessment, followed by a learning module to help prepare students to repeat the assessment. Note: There are no additional fees required for this assessment; however, there is a small proctoring fee of $5 if taking the assessment remotely.

Additionally, students who have taken College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations or International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations may utilize their scores to receive course credit and determine the next course in their sequence.

Advanced Placement (AP) Scores
Math AP Examination Score required UNR course credit
Calculus AB (or AB Subscore on BC Exam) 3, 4 or 5 MATH 181
Calculus BC 3, 4 or 5 MATH 181 and MATH 182
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 STAT 152
International Baccalaureate (IB) Scores
Math IB Examination Score Required UNR course credit
Mathematics 4 Math elective
Mathematics 5, 6 or 7 Math 181

What should you do next?

If you are majoring in Engineering or Physical Science, and you have placed into Math 126 or Math 126E, you should consider enrolling in Summer Freshman Start. Summer Freshman Start is a summer program where you can get an early jump on taking some of your coursework, especially your math courses. This is incredibly important as the Engineering and Physical Science majors are math intensive. If you are interested in participating in this program, please visit Summer Freshman Start. Financial aid for the summer may be available to assist with tuition.

Resources

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