Our Mission

The Mathematics Department of NMSU Carlsbad provides core education in mathematics and statistics that prepares undergraduate students to be knowledgeable and responsible citizens of the world. We do this by supporting research and teaching, with a commitment to preparing students for success in college math courses.

Developmental Math Courses

CCDM 105N: Mathematics Preparation and Pre-Algebra

CCDM 114N: Algebra Skills

Mathematics Courses

Math 111: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I

Math 112G: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II

Math 120: Intermediate Algebra

Math 121G: College Algebra

Math 142G: Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

Math 190G: Trigenometry and Precalculus

Math 191G: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Math 192G: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II

Math 210G: Math Appreciation

Math 215: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III

Math 280: Introduction to Linear Algebra

Math 291G: Calculus and Analytic Geometry III

Statistics Courses

STAT 251G: Statistics for Business and Behavioral Sciences

Online Courses

CCDM 114N- Algebra Skills

Math 120- Intermediate Algebra

Math 121G- College Algebra

Math 142G- Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

Math 190- Trigonometry and Precalculus

Statistics 251G- Statistics for Business and Behavioral Sciences

Math Placement Exam

In order to maximize student success in mathematics courses, New Mexico State University Carlsbad has placement guidelines in all mathematics courses. This means that you must establish that you meet the stated prerequisite in any mathematics course for which you enroll. This page will help you determine what courses you are currently eligible to take and how to change your current placement level.

Initial placement is done from a combination of Math ACT (ACTM) and high school grade point average. An SAT math score may be substituted for an ACT math score. The combination of ACTM and GPA determines your Math Placement Level (MPL).

If you do not have an ACT score, then you will be placed into CCDM 105N. If you are unsatisfied with this placement, you can take the residual ACT exam administered at the NMSU Carlsbad Testing Center. The NMSU Carlsbad Testing Center schedule may be found on their webpage.

If you are dissatisfied with your initial placement, you may choose to take the Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE) and try to raise your placement. You can only take the MPE twice!  YOU CANNOT LOWER YOUR PLACEMENT.




Graphing calculators are no longer allowed to be used on the MPE. Non-graphing scientific calculators such as the TI-30 are allowed to be used on the MPE. We also do not allow the use of an Ipad, smartphones such as Iphones or Droids, or any other wireless devices to be used on the exam. YOU HAVE TO SHOW YOUR WORK TO GET CREDIT.

If you wish to enroll in Math 191 (Calculus I), you must take the MPE and achieve a qualifying score.


Contact Information 
Dr. Pradip R Aryal

Chair, Mathematics Department

Room 2B, CAMA

NMSU Carlsbad
(575) 234-9349 /


Information about how the Math Placement Exam (MPS) is scored.

Math Placing Exam testing schedule

Practice Problems for the MPS

Pradip Aryal, Ph. D. (Dept. Chair)
Associate Professor
Room 2B

Dr. Eduardo Chappa
Room A4

Debra Packer, M.A., COI
Room 2T

Yaxi Zhao, Ph. D.
Room 2A