Developmental Mathematics Courses 

 The Developmental Mathematics classes at Galveston College are designed to refresh and strengthen students’ basic math and algebra skills. They help students brush up on – and sometimes to learn for the first time – the math that they will need to be successful in their first college level math class. A placement test score plus the date and grade from the student’s last math class help determine the most appropriate course level for that student.

 Courses are available in either 8 week or 16 week sessions.   Students who meet certain criteria also may choose MATH0304 as a 16-week Internet option. 

 Every student buys a MyMathLabs PLUS code that gives access to the class assignments, an online textbook, and other online resources. Each assignment has a due date, including homework (open book with online help), 5 question section quizzes related to each homework assignment, chapter quizzes, 5 timed exams throughout the semester, and a comprehensive final exam. Students may work ahead as quickly as they can on these assignments. 

 Each course requires that the student earn an overall average of 70% to receive credit for it.

In MATH0300, Basic Mathematics, students review techniques of simplifying, evaluating, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers, fractions, and decimals and then practice using them in geometry formulas, ratios, rates, proportions, and percents. Additionally, they solve for the unknowns in equations. 

 In MATH0303, Introductory Algebra, students solve more complicated equations, as well as inequalities. They graph, find slopes of, and write linear equations. They review functions, polynomial operations, and exponent rules. They translate English words describing real world situations into the mathematical symbols required to solve the problems.

 MATH0304, Intermediate Algebra, picks up right where MATH0303 finished. Students even can use the same access code for their MyMathLabs PLUS assignments. They cover factoring, rational expressions, rational exponents, set theory, and solving systems of equations with 2 or 3 variables, linear and quadratic equations, linear inequalities, and equations with absolute values.


In these hands-on contextualized courses, which were designed by Carolyn Harnsberry, students in the Welding Technology Program apply the mathematical knowledge and concepts learned in the math class to create and complete projects in the welding lab. The hands-on contextualized math classes for students enrolled in the Welding Technology Program are taught on site at Galveston College's Applied Technologies Center. Be sure to check the most current course schedule for current learning options. Check out the videos below for a look at how this program works.


 After successfully completing MATH0304, students are ready for their first college level math course. 

Department Faculty pages

Carolyn Harnsberry

Rodrigo Santoyo


Carolyn Harnsberry, M.S.

Contact Us

Developmental Education Department
Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q, M-313
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 944-1283 



Updated 4/28/2014 - Content Author cmoore