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Does your student have an interest in taking a FYAS course? Below, please find answers to frequently asked questions.
All students at DePaul University are required to demonstrate competency in math. The level of competency depends upon the student's major. The FYAS Program is designed to help students move more quickly through prerequisite math and writing courses during the summer tuition free, so as to increase the likelihood of graduating in four years. Two Sessions are offered during the summer, and students can participate in one or both sessions.
FYAS participants are able to begin taking their math prerequisites sooner. Students who might struggle with math also have Supplemental Instruction support from peers and tutors available specifically for them.
In addition to enhancing skills in math and writing, FYAS students are supported during their transition to college and throughout their first-year at DePaul by the FYAS team and are introduced to campus support resources and offices. FYAS students also start building their DePaul support network and making connections with classmates, professors and staff, prior to the start of the fall quarter.
Most Bachelor of Arts (BA) majors are required to demonstrate competency at the MAT/FYSM 100 (Intro to Quantitative Reasoning) level before enrolling in MAT 120. The "Path To Math" for most BA majors is:
MAT/FYSM 094 (Basic Algebra)
MAT/FYSM 100 (Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning)
MAT 120 Quantitative Reasoning (formerly LSP 120: Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I)
Most Bachelor of Science (BS) majors are required to complete a sequence of Calculus or Discrete math courses, and are required to demonstrate competency at the MAT/FYSM 130 (Pre-Calculus) level before enrolling in any major field courses. The “Path To Math” for most BS majors is:
MAT/FYSM 094 (Basic Algebra)
MAT/FYSM 095 (Introductory Algebra)
MAT/FYSM 101 (Intermediate Algebra)
MAT/FYSM 130 (Precalculus)
Additional math courses (See Path To Math to determine which additional math courses are required for each major).
Participation is not required. Students electing not to participate in our summer FYAS program can take the courses in the Autumn Quarter. The courses will be credit-bearing and full tuition will be charged.
Yes. For students in online courses, it is expected that you keep pace with the weekly assignment deadlines of your course and log in often to complete your assignments. For students in on-campus courses, it is expected that students attend each class meeting; however, students are permitted to miss two classes. Ideally, one absence will be used to attend one day of the two-day mandatory New Student Orientation (Premiere DePaul).
Tutoring is available to students during both Summer Sessions and Winter Intersession. A schedule is provided closer to the start of the quarter.
Students who complete the DePaul Placement Assessment tests before July 3rd will receive an invitation to participate through email if they place into a FYAS course.
Registration for FYAS classes begins with the Preference Form. Don't wait to register! Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis and classes do fill up quickly.
Generally speaking, students can expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week on homework and studying.
Yes, but it is advisable to work part-time.