Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Pre-100 Level Math Courses

The Rock Valley College Mathematics Department offers developmental courses for students who do not meet the prerequisites for college transfer level mathematics courses and various career technical programs.

You may be placed into a developmental math course by the RVC Placement Test.
If you're not satisfied with your placement, read about options you may have on the Math Placement webpage.


Click here to view the Developmental Math Flowchart


Developmental Math Options at Rock Valley College

Modular Option = Sequence of 8-week courses

Earn 2 credits each 8 weeks for the courses you need.

includes MTH 086, 088, 089, 091, 092, 093, 094

If you plan to register for one of the above modular courses,
read about Math Module Registration.



Accelerated Options:
Taking MTH 096A or MTH 096S is a way to get through developmental math faster, but you must be willing to put in the extra time and work it takes to be successful in these courses.

1. MTH 096A - Mathematical Literacy for College Students
One-semester course based in real-life applications that satisfies the algebra and geometry prerequisites for MTH 115 and MTH 220

2. MTH 096S - Combined Beginning and Intermediate Algebra
Fast-paced course covering the content of MTH 091, 092, 093, and 094 in one semester


Read course descriptions for all developmental math courses below.

Number Title Credits
  MTH-086 Basic Math Skills (2)
  MTH-088 Prealgebra Part I (2)
  MTH-089 Prealgebra Part II (2)
  MTH-091 Beginning Algebra Part I (2)
  MTH-092 Beginning Algebra Part II (2)
  MTH-093 Intermediate Algebra Part I (2)
  MTH-094 Intermediate Algebra Part II (2)
  MTH-096S Combined Beg & Intermediate Algebra (6)
  MTH-096A Mathematical Literacy-College Students (6)
  MTH-097 Elementary Plane Geometry (3)


Who Needs to Take MTH 097  (Geometry)

Students who placed into MTH 086, 088, 091, or 096S are required to take MTH 097 before they can enroll in a college-level math course unless they qualify for a waiver or pass a competency test. Students who earned C's or better in high school geometry are eligible for a MTH 097 waiver. Click on Geometry Options for more information on the MTH 097 course, waiver, and competency test.

Policy on Repeating Developmental Math Courses

After three non-passing grades (D, F, or W) in a developmental math course within a 5-year period, a student must meet with the Associate Dean to get permission to enroll in a developmental math course again.