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Student FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions from current and future math students.

Registration issues

How do math placement exams work and how can I prepare for them?

You can find information about the exams at the Registrar placement exams page (click on the “Mathematics” tab). You can find practice questions at the Accuplacer student practice page.

How can I get permission to repeat a class that I've repeated before?

If you need to repeat a class more than once then you will need to fill out a Request to Exceed Maximum Course Registration. First complete the form, including the justification and advisor signature. Then make an appointment with Math Advising. Please include (a) The course name and number (b) The past semesters and section numbers or instructor names. We will discuss how you can be successful retaking the course!

Getting help

Is there tutoring available for my math class?

There is tutoring available for many of our classes, both from the math department and other sources. See our page on math tutoring hours and locations.

Who can I talk to if I'm having trouble in a class?

You can always message your instructor or speak with them during office hours, meet with a learning assistant if available, and meet with tutors if available. You can always send a message to or make an appointment with our advising staff.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about my schedule?

Send a message to or make an appointment with our advising staff. We will help you by making recommendations and resolving any issues you have with your program!


Do you have any student jobs available in the math department?

Yes! We hire computer lab monitors and graders. The math department also works with AAE to hire learning assistants.

Majoring in math

How can I apply for scholarships as a math major?

Boise State University uses a single scholarship application process, which will enable you to apply for scholarships specifically for math majors.

What research opportunities are there for math majors?

All math majors complete a project, poster, or thesis as part of the Finishing Foundations requirement. You can view a selection of some of our students’ thesis products. Many students carry out additional research as independent study with a faculty member.

We also have a competitive summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program.