Click to see course information for Math: 100 105 110 120 130 140 150 160 180
For more information about all math courses, please visit Math Courses.

MATH 120 Finite Mathematics

What is MATH 120?
MATH 120 is Finite Mathematics, a course focusing on math concepts with application to business-related ideas. It includes linear programming, matrix theory, probability, statistics, stochastic processes, Markov chains, math of finance, and applications.
Which schools does MATH 120 transfer to?
All CSU and UC schools. See a counselor to verify specific private colleges.
California State University logo  University of California logo
Who typically* takes MATH 120?
Students who need to complete a GE transfer-level math requirement. There is no specific major that this class is designed for.
What can I do to be successful in MATH 120?
  • Plan to study outside of class at least 6 hours each week, or more if it has been a while since you have taken a math class.
  • Study actively by doing practice problems, making note cards, and making study guides.
  • Attend professor's student hours (office hours) and math support centers regularly.
  • Form study groups with other students in class and try to explain problems as you do them.
Where can I get help if I am struggling with MATH 120 topics?
First off, remember that you are not alone! Many students find MATH 120 challenging, so here are the supports you have available here at Mt. SAC.
Your Instructor
Instructor writing y=x+b on a chalkboard while saying "You can do it!"
Tutoring Centers on Campus
We want to remind you that when it comes to learning math… mindset matters! Believe in yourself and know that asking for help is strongly encouraged. In fact, data shows that if you use the support resources on campus, you will be more successful in your classes, so start visiting them early rather than right before a big exam.
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

Finite Math consists of an umbrella of math topics that incorporates mathematical modeling with application to business, economics, and social sciences.

Math concepts frequently used in MATH 120?
  • Basic arithmetic
  • Converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages
  • Order of Operations
  • Expressing and solving linear equations and inequalities
  • Equations of lines
  • Evaluating functions
  • Systems of equations
  • Properties of exponents
  • Graphing inequalities
Where can I brush up on math concepts frequently used in MATH 120?
  • Join the MATH 120 Math Jumpstart Canvas page, created by Mt. SAC math faculty, with topic-based modules that include under-5-minute refresher videos and practice problems to review at your own pace.
  • Enroll in a free faculty-led noncredit math prep class through AIME (Academic Instruction for Math and English) in Mt. SAC’s School of Continuing Education.

Remember, we want you to successfully complete your math requirements as you head toward your educational goal! If you feel that you would be better served in a different math class, we want you to know that it might be possible to find an open math class to switch to right now, or you can join a 12-week or 8-week class that starts late. However, don’t wait to make this change! You need to make the switch within the first few days of the semester to avoid a W on your transcript.
Here are the Statistics and Liberal Arts Math (SLAM) classes that you have access to:
  • MATH 120+12 Finite Mathematics w/ Support [5 units] (Starting Fall 2023)
  • MATH 100 Survey of College Math [3 units] or MATH 100+10A Survey of College Math w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 105 Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers [4 units]
  • MATH 110 Elementary Statistics [3 units] or MATH 110+11 Elementary Statistics w/ Support [5 units]
  • MATH 130 College Algebra [4 units] or MATH 130+13 College Algebra w/ Support [6 units]

Note that course numbering does not indicate difficulty of course content. If you have further questions about which course is right for you, please speak to a counselor.

Anyone can learn finite math! It is not a skill set that one is either born with or not. YOU are capable not only of learning finite math, but also of excelling in finite math!

For additional finite mathematics help, please visit the Math Activities Resource Centers (MARCS) or the Academic Support and Achievement Center (ASAC).