Mathematics at BHSU


The primary goal of mathematics placement is to guide students towards courses that enhance their success in post-secondary mathematics. The process is by no means infallible. Students may be placed into courses in which they may not succeed due to their mathematical background, attitude towards mathematics and extracurricular activities. Other students may be placed below their capabilities. Throughout the placement process, the student should reflect on their personal background and assess which courses they are capable of pursuing.

Please read below for answers to frequently asked questions about placement. For additional information on mathematics placement, please see the Academic Catalog.

Who will need mathematics placement?
Primarily two groups of students entering a SD Regental University will be affected by the placement process: Those students who have not met the general education requirement for mathematics (typically College Algebra); or Those students who wish to enroll in Calculus and wish to challenge the pre-requisite course work (students who bring a strong mathematical history from high school).

What are the instruments used for placement?
A student will be placed via the ACT math sub-score (if the score is less than 5 years old from initial enrollment date), or via the ACCUPLACER exam, which is administered at BHSU. More information and study materials for the ACCUPLACER exam can be found at the CollegeBoard website.

Where do I take the ACCUPLACER?
At Black Hills State University the ACCUPLACER is administered through BHSU Testing Services. To make an appointment, call 1(605) 642-6099 or email For more information or questions on math placement, please e-mail or If you are challenging your placement, you may be requested to provide additional information in regard to your mathematical background.

All course descriptions linked to below come from the BHSU 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog. For helpful information and suggestions for selecting courses, please visit the Advising Help page.

Pre-General Education Courses

For information on university policies concerning completion of these courses, see the Academic Catalog.

General Education Classes

Any of these courses may be used to satisfy the general education mathematics requirement. 

Other Mathematics Classes