Math Class satisfies Michigan Transfer Agreement

Tuesday, July 1, 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 HFC 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.

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 login is not required to view course offerings.

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