Mathematics

The math department at Prairie State College offers a variety of math courses ranging from basic mathematics to differential equations and linear algebra. With 8 full-time faculty and nearly 30 part-time faculty, the math department staffs more than 60 classes each semester. For more information about the Department of Mathematics, contact the department chairperson or the coordinator.

Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.

Courses

A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Class information will vary from section to section. For information regarding a specific section, see the individual classroom instructor. Some general information pertaining to certain sections is posted below:

  • Math 085 - Computational Skills II - 4 Credit Hours
  • Math 090 - Elementary Algebra - 4 Credit Hours, 5 Lecture Hours
  • Math 095 - Intermediate Algebra - 4 Credit Hours
  • Math 151 - College Algebra - 4 Credit Hours

Placement/Proficiency

The Math department does not administer proficiency tests, such as a final exam, for college credit.  Students wishing to receive credit for certain classes via a test may take one of the national tests (AP or CLEP). For more information, please visit Testing Services.

Students unhappy with their Math placement are encouraged to re-take the placement test. The Math department has created an online algebra review (PDF) for students who wish to brush up on their skills before re-testing. 

If a student wishes to challenge their placement test, they must make an appointment with the chair or coordinator and present evidence of mastery of the material, such as a transcript. In most cases they will be required to pass a final exam in order to be moved up. Note that this changes only the student's placement, and does not offer the student credit for the lower class. Students will only be allowed to move up one course level in this manner. Additionally, students will not be allowed to challenge their placement via a final exam if they have already completed the class but did not receive a passing grade.

Jobs

All Math department jobs can be found and applied for on the PSC HR website

If you are interested in part-time teaching opportunities, please apply on the HR website; the Coordinator will then contact you if we have positions available.

Contact

Department Chair

Kate Sims-Drew
ksims@prairiestate.edu
(708) 709-3765
Room 2106

Mathematics Coordinator

Dr. Debra Prendergast
dprendergast@prairiestate.edu
(708) 709-3689
Room 2122