Course Description

*Formerly M145Q*

Course Description: Designed to help liberal arts students develop quantitative reasoning skills they will need for college, career, and life. Will also provide students with the skills required to understand and interpret quantitative information that they encounter in the news and in their studies, and to make numericallybased decision in their lives. Topics include working with large numbers and units, linear and exponential relations, financial mathematics, essentials of probability and statistics, and basic geometry. 

Meeting Place and Times



Sarah Bennett

Sarah is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley (BA in Religious Studies), San Jose State University (MA in Math - emphasis in math education), and MSU Bozeman (PhD in mathematics - emphasis in math education). She was a professor at a University of Wisconsin College for 5 years (Barron County), and the math teacher for 7th - 12th grade at West Yellowstone School for 4 years. She enjoys teaching all ages and levels in math.


M088, M096, M097 or math placement exam within past 12 months.


Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

Required Books/Materials

  • Using & Understanding Mathematics: A Quantitative Reasoning Approach

Author: Bennet & Briggs
Publisher: Pearson, edition 7
ISBN13: 97801334715858 (MyMathLab access card)
OR ISBN 13: 9780134716053 (instant access to MML through Pearson)
Price new: $96 - 164
Textbooks are available from most online retailers or the MSU bookstore.

  • A scientific calculator (one that handles trig and log functions) will be needed


Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.
  • Skype is recommended for one-on-one questions with your instructor


This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.


For More Information

For more information, please contact email Sarah Bennett

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.