# Student Support Services

Student Support Services, the college level TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, assists students with developmental classes, skills courses, academic and tutorial support, advisement and access to post graduate study. The program serves students who meet certain eligibility criteria.

College students who desire the help of Student Support Services can be:

- First-time students who wish to strengthen math, study skills and/or explore career decisions.
- First-generation college students (that is, neither parent has a bachelor's degree).
- Students who have lower financial incomes.
- Re-entry or non-traditional students who want to improve skills through higher education.
- Students who use English as a second language and are citizens or nationals of the United States.
- Students with physical or learning disabilities who need assistance coordinating individualized services.

**Classes include:**

- Math 0950 - Pre-Algebra (3 crs)
- Math 0990 - Beginning Algebra (4 crs)
- Math 1010 - Intermediate Algebra (5 crs)
- Math 1030 - Quantitative Reasoning (4 crs)
- Math 1050 - College Algebra (4 crs)

*Classes below 1000 level do not count toward graduation requirements.*

## Class Descriptions

**Math 0950 - Pre-Algebra -** This class helps students learn the mathematical concepts necessary to study algebra and is particularly helpful for students who did not have algebra in high school or have been out of school for a number of years.

**Math 0990**This class helps students prepare for Math 1010 by teaching the basic algebraic skills of working with signed numbers, solving equations, factoring, and other topics. The class brings the student's algebraic skills up to expectation for entrance into Intermediate Algebra, Math 1010, and is recommended for students whose math ACT score is 17 or below.

*- Beginning Algebra -** Math 1010 - Intermediate Algebra -* In this class, traditional topics of intermediate algebra are covered: graphing linear equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities, factoring, rational expressions, exponents, radicals, quadratic equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, and an introduction to sets, functions and complex numbers.

** Math 1030 - Quantitative Literacy -** This course uses exploration of contemporary mathematical thinking, motivated by its application to problems in modern society; emphasizes development of skill in analytical reasoning. This course is designed not only to meet the University general education requirements for Humanities and Social Science majors but also to generate a positive attitude toward and an interest in mathematics.

** Math 1050 - College Algebra -** This course explores the concept of functions: polynomial, rational, inverse, logarithmic and exponential; with an emphasis on graphing. Solving systems of equations using matrix methods is covered along with conic sections. Other topics may include sequences, mathematical induction and the binomial theorem. The course involves the extensive use of graphing calculators.

* Math Tutorial Support -* The math staff provides tutorial support Monday through Friday, inclusive, to assist students in beginning, intermediate, and advanced math courses.

*Questions?**Call Rhiannon Pitchford at (435) 586-7771 (e-mail: rhiannonpitchford@suu.edu) or write Student Support Services, Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, UT 84720*