Michigan State University and Wayne State University have joined a growing list of schools that are no longer requiring college algebra to earn a degree. Engineering students, and the like, will still be required to take plenty of math, but if you are a history or an English major who doesn't like algebra, then you can rest easier.
According to Vince Melfi, an associate professor of statistics and probability at Michigan State, the school is not eliminating algebra, but rather "modifying" the general math requirement. Students can now pass two semesters of a new quantitative learning class, which includes math and science but intends to teach a subject matter that has more real-life applications.
Melfi joined Stateside to talk about the new requirements and the motivation behind the changes. Listen to the full interview above.
GUEST: Vince Melfi is an associate professor of statistics and probability at Michigan State University