New Liberal Arts Math Class Satisfies Michigan Transfer Agreement

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HFC's Mathematics Department will offer a new course – MATH 131: Mathematics for the Modern World – for the fall 2014 semester. This class will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 11:10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MATH 131 will satisfy the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which goes into effect at HFCC this coming fall. The MTA works to improve the transfer-ability of core community college courses to four-year colleges and universities. The MTA will replace the current Michigan Association of Collegiate and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) transfer agreement.

MATH 131 is geared toward students pursuing a liberal arts curriculum or a general education program without a specific math requirement. It meets general education requirements in Michigan, as well as any new quantitative literacy requirements at HFC. However, it is NOT intended for students in math-intensive programs, such as the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The pre-requisites for MATH 131 are MATH 080: Beginning Algebra and ENG 081: Developmental College Reading. Topics covered in MATH 131 include linear and exponential growth, statistics, personal finance and geometry (including scale and symmetry). The class will also emphasize techniques of problem-solving and application of modern mathematics to understanding quantitative information in the everyday world.

MATH 131 is expected to transfer to Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and The University of Michigan-Dearborn (U-M Dearborn).

“Many students who aren’t pursuing careers in the sciences will find this class covers math that they will find much more practical than a typical college algebra course,” said Jeff Morford, HFC Mathematics instructor who will teach MATH 131.

Registration for the fall 2014 semester began April 7. Enrollment is currently open. The fall 2014 semester begins Thursday, Aug. 28.

To review up-to-date course offerings in the Mathematics Dept., please visit WebAdvisor at Once on the WebAdvisor page, click “Search for Sections” in the lower right hand portion of the page. A log-in is not required to view course offerings.

For further information about the new math curriculum, please contact Morford at 313.317.4046 or