Course Information

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Course Administration

  • Math 1508 will have three exams.
  • Students will receive a grade of A, B, C, D or F at the end of the course, according to the usual scale:
    • at least 90% - A
    • 80% to 89% - B
    • 70% to 79% - C
    • 60% to 69% - D
    • At most 59% - F
  • If you earn a failing grade (D or F), you may retake the class as a minimester workshop, which will be offered at the end of each semester. A maximum grade of "C" will replace a failing grade upon successful completion of the minimester workshop.

Math 1508 (Precalculus) is a freshman level course, and thus is subject to the following conditions when a student retakes it:

  1. Repetition of UTEP freshman level courses (1XXX): If a grade of "A","B", "C", "D", or "F" is earned when the course is repeated for the first time, the previously earned grade is automatically excluded from the GPA calculation. Both grades earned remain on the academic record and the record will be annotated with the symbol (E-Excluded) next to the first grade. The last grade earned is the official grade for a course.
  2. Repetition of UTEP freshman level courses (1XXX) after the first time and repetition of non-freshman level course (2XXX, 3XXX, 4XXX): All grades earned remain on the academic record and are included in the GPA calculation. Exceptional circumstances may be reviewed by the studentís academic dean in consultation with the appropriate faculty member. Grade replacement and GPA recalculation may not occur after graduation.
  3. A course grade received as a result of disciplinary action from the Dean of Students is not eligible for grade replacement for GPA recalculation. The record will be annotated with the symbol (D) next to the grade.
  4. UTEP students are cautioned that under no circumstances may a course taken at this institution and repeated at another college or university be eligible for GPA recalculation, even if the student is involved in first-time repetition of a freshman-level course (1XXX). Courses transferred to UTEP are not calculated in a studentís GPA.

The above means that you may take Precalculus only 2 times without affecting your GPA. Also, remember that UTEP allows students to repeat a class only 3 times in total.

Grade Calculation

Your course grade will be calculated as follows:

  • WebAssign Assignments - 10%
  • In-Class Quizzes - 10%
  • Workshops - 5%
  • Exam 1 - 25%
  • Exam 2 - 25%
  • Exam 3 - 25%


  • There will be three exams administered in class throughout the semester.
  • after each written exam all students have the opportunity to improve their exam grade by signing up and taking a Retake Exam as seen on the Pre-calculus calendar.

Retake Exams

  • Retake exams are offered in the Library on the Friday following each exam.
  • You must bring your exam to Mr. Julian Viera in order to schedule a Test Out Exam.
  • You may take one Retake Exam once and only once to replace an exam grade.
  • Each Retake Exam has 20 questions and is two hours long.
  • You may use graphing calculators on these exams. We provide scratch paper.


  • You are required to attend class three times per week, and you are required to attend the workshop you are assigned to.
  • If you have a laptop or tablet which supports WebAssign, please take it to your scheduled workshop.
  • Weekly problem sets will be provided on this web page. You are responsible for working on the problem sets before you arrive at the workshop.

Student Email Accounts

  • All Math1508 students are required to have UTEP email accounts by the end of the first week of school.

Books and Calculators

  • The course text is PreCalculus, Ninth Edition by Larson.
  • The course syllabus is located online, under "Course Content".
  • Graphing calculators are required for this course; laptops are recommended for the workshops.

Office Hours

  • All the Math 1508 instructors are your instructors: you may go to any of them for help. You may visit their offices, telephone them, or email them. Their office locations, office hours, telephone numbers, and email addresses are posted online .

Switching Classes

  • Students are not allowed to switch sections not workshops during the semester for any reason.


  • Contact the program director Julian Viera in Bell Hall 117, call him at 747-6770, or email him at
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