Math Department

Developmental Program


  • Developmental
    Course Offerings
  • Final Exam
  • Tutoring
  • Study
  • Math
  • Support
  • Guide to
  • Instructor

Developmental Course Offerings
The San Diego City College Math Department's developmental or non-transfer course offerings include Math 15A, 15B, 15C, 15E, 15F, Math 34A, Math 38, Math 85, Math 46, and Math 96. Visit The Course Sequence Page to learn more.

  Math 15A,15B,15C,15E , 15F Math 34A

Math 38

Math 46 Math 85

Math 96

Traditional Lecture Classes
Math Center Classes (Self-paced)  
Online Classes
Self-paced Online Classes  


The Math 38, Math 46, and Math 96 Departmental Finals
The Math Department has a departmental final policy for Math 38, Math 46 and Math 96 classes. This includes all on and off-campus lecture classes, online classes and self-paced Math Center classes. 

  • The departmental finals have a total of 60 possible points. 
  • A score of 36/60 (60%)or higher on the final examination is required in order for the student to be eligible to receive a grade of "C" or better for the course.
  • If a student scores lower than 36 out of 60 points, a course grade of either "D" or "F" must be assigned to that student. This does not mean that a student will be guaranteed a passing grade. Each instructor reserves the right to assign a failing grade for the course to any student who does not perform to the instructor's standards throughout the semester as per the grading policy published in the syllabus.
  • No calculuators are permitted for the final exam.
  • There is no penalty for wrong answers.

The Tutorial Center schedule Math 38,46,and 96 Final Exam Cram Jam Sessions in the second half of the semester. Visit the Tutorial Center web page by click here: Tutorial Center.

The Math Department recommends you take advantage of the excellent tutoring available on campus.

  • The Math Center Tutoring Service
    The Math Center offers self paced classes and provides tutoring to all San Diego City College math students. The Math Center is located in L-208. The phone number is 619-388-3580.Visit the Math Center web page by clicking here: The Math Center Web Page
  • The Tutorial Center
    The Tutorial Center provides scheduled group and one-on-one tutoring and walk-in tutoring for all math courses. They also provide online tutoring. Don't miss their Math 38, 46, and 96 CRAM JAM sessions designed to prepare you for the math departmental finals in those courses! The Tutorial Center is located in L-205. The phone number is 619-388-3685.Visit the Tutorial Center web page by clicking here: The Tutorial Center Web PageStudy Skills and Academic Success Workshops


You can build your math confidence and reduce math anxiety by improving your study skills and incorporating relaxation techniques into your life. If you're well prepared for each lecture, quiz, and exam, then you confidence will naturally grow.

  • Tutorial and Learning Center
    Study skills workshops are offered at the Tutorial Center. The Tutorial Center is located in R-212 inside the LRC. The phone number is 619-388-3685. Visit the Tutorial Center web page by clicking here: The Tutorial Center Web Page

  • Counseling Department
    Academic Success Workshops are offered through the Counseling Department. The Counseling Center is located in A-110. The phone number is 619-388-3540. Visit the Counseling Department web page by clicking here: The Counseling Department Web Page


You can build your math confidence and reduce math anxiety by improving your study skills and incorporating relaxation techniques into your life. If you're well prepared for each lecture, quiz, and exam, then you confidence will naturally grow.

  • Student Mental Health Services
    San Diego City College offers a variety of social and psychological support services free of charge to enrolled students through Student Mental Health Services. These include therapy for specific anxiety including test taking anxiety and math anxiety. The office is located in Room A-221 and the phone number is 619-388-3539. Click on the following link to reach their web page: Student Mental Health Services Web Page
  • Disability Support Program (DSPS)
    DSPS provides services and courses to support students with disabilities in the achievement of their academic and vocational goals. If you know or suspect you may have a disability, please contact DSPS. They offer courses including DSPS 38 Math Strategies for the Learning Disabled. The office is located in Room A-115 and their phone number is619-388-3513. Click on the following link to reach their web page: DSPS.

There are a variety of support programs that will empower you to reach your full academic potential by providing a variety of resources.

  • Trio Aspire
    TRIO/ASPIRE is a student support service program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help increase the number of disadvantaged students who successfully complete a program of study at the postsecondary level of education. Visit the City College Trio Aspire web page by clicking here: Trio Aspire
  • MESA (Math Engineering and Science Achievement)
    If you're interested in math and science, contact the San Diego City College MESA program. The MESA program supports educationally disadvantaged students who are majoring in math science or engineering to excel in their fields of study and to successfully transfer to four-year institutions. In general, MESA programs help students develop academic and leadership skills, increase educational performance, and gain confidence in their ability to compete professionally. Key components of the MESA community college programs make this a wonderful support program. Get more information about the City College MESA program by clicking here: MESA Center at San Diego City College. (Room L-115 on the campus of City College)

Here are some guidelines that will help you succeed in your math classes.

  • Register for the correct math course by consulting with the Counseling Center.
  • Take responsibility to actively participate in the learning process.
  • Be positive about your abilities in math.
  • Ask a tutor or your professor for help when you need it.
  • Arrange your schedule to include study time for math every day.
  • For every lecture hour, set aside at least 2-3 hours to study. (For a 5 unit class, you should be prepared to spend at least 10-15 hours studying every week outside of class.)
  • Come to class on time and take meaningful notes. Consider outlining your notes.
  • Prepare for each class by reading the text book, reviewing your notes, and asking specific questions.
  • Complete your homework on time.
  • When working on homework, get proficient enough to do problems without referring to the text book or notes.
  • Carefully read instructions of each homework, quiz, and test problem.
  • Prepare for quizzes and exams well in advance.
  • Join study groups.
  • Learn what relaxation techniques work for you, and make them part of your routine. (For example, breathing exercises or scheduling a fitness class before your math class.)
  • Eat healthfully and sleep well.
  • Take the full amount of time allotted for quizzes and tests.
  • Check your solutions on quizzes and tests before submitting them.
  • Review your homework, quizzes, and tests to make sure you understand the corrections your professor has provided.
  • After you have completed a math course, don't wait too long to take the next one.

Professor Guillermo Alvarez is maintaining the instructor resource page at City Math Instructor Resources.