Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building


Please attend the Orientation for updated information.

SUMMER 2017:

CRN: 50401 Math B50: Pre-Algebra 
CRN: 50411 Math B60: Beginning Algebra    
CRN: 50426 Math B70: Intermediate Algebra

FALL 2017:

CRN: 72100 Math B50: Pre-Algebra    
CRN: 72120 Math B60: Beginning Algebra    
CRN: 72169 Math B70: Intermediate Algebra
The Math B50(Pre-Algebra) course is only provided for students who had already taken the class before and now trying to get a better grade.

These classes use a hybrid format. Students are required to come to the Math Lab in the Learning Center at Bakersfield College for Orientation and for all Proctored Assessments. All classes are taught using the Internet-based program, ALEKS(Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). The student may choose to read ALEKS in English or Spanish. The ALEKS website can be found at

Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Brown, Math Lab Coordinator | (661) 395-4530 |

Hours/Location: The Math Lab is located on the West end of the Center for Student Success on the second floor in the Learning Center above the Counseling Offices. A stairway is in the breezeway at either side of the building. Hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 am - 5:50 PM and Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30am–6:50 pm and Fridays, 8:30am–12:20pm. (Summer session: Monday through Thursday, 11am–6:50pm.) THE MATH LAB IS A CLASSROOM. AS A COURTESY TO ALL STUDENTS, CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF OR SILENCED. NO FOOD, DRINKS (OTHER THAN WATER) OR CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED.

Required Supplies:

ALEKS student access code: The 20-digit access code and notebook may be purchased at the BC bookstore or the Delano campus after attending the orientation. It is also available for purchase online from the ALEKS website.

Course Code: The 10-digit Course Code information for accessing ALEKS is given out during the orientation.

Textbook: A textbook is optional for Math B50. So any appropriate Pre-Algebra book may be used in conjunction with the course. For Math B60/Math B70, a digital copy of the text book, Bello: Introductory/Intermediate Algebra - A Real World Approach, 3rd Ed. (McGraw-Hill, Paperback) will be provided when you use your access code and start the course in ALEKS.

Grading: Grading for the class is based solely on results of Proctored Assessments taken on the ALEKS program. Proctored Assessments may only be taken at the Math Lab at Bakersfield College. Students must present a picture ID and come in no later than 2 hours before closing to take the Proctored Knowledge  Checks. Only the calculator provided by the ALEKS program may be used during the Proctored Knowledge Assessment. You are required to come in at least four/five times during the semester to test. The grading scale for all three courses is shown below:

  • Math B50: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F
  • Math B60: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F
  • Math B70: 100-90% = A, 89-80% = B, 79-70% = C, 69-55% = D, 54% and below = F

Drop Policy: Each student is expected to put in a minimum of 8 hours each week (14 hrs/week for Summer session) on the ALEKS program. To check your hours, see "Total time on the ALEKS program" under "Reports". Time on the ALEKS program may be completed from any Internet-accessible computer. Student time is checked every Monday at 11:59 pm. Excess time one week is credited toward future weeks. Students are required to put in 4 hours(8 hours for Summer Semester) the first week, then 8 hours(14 hours for Summer Semester) per week after that.

If a student has not completed 4 hours(8 hours for Summer Semester) in the first week or fail to complete any of the milestone requirements, they will be dropped. If they make up the total time during the second week and complete the milestone requirements, they may request to reinstate. The student may request a one-time only reinstatement. In later weeks, if a student is 10 or more hours short on time or fail to complete any of the milestone requirements again after being reinstated, he or she will be dropped from the course a second time and will not be reinstated without permission from the instructor.

Tutoring: All students are strongly encouraged to come to the Math Lab to get face-to-face, one-on-one help. We definitely do not expect you to work on the program without the help of an instructor. The Math Lab has faculty and staff ready to help you understand and be successful. You may use the computers in the Math Lab when you need help, or whenever you have some time between classes and would like to work on your ALEKS. If you have trouble with a topic at home, make a note of the topic or print the page and move on to a different topic. Then come to the Math Lab and let us help you. However, we do not offer help with math problems over the phone or by e-mail. See "LINKS" in the menu at the left for online sources for math help.

Incomplete Policy: Students may request an Incomplete grade at the end of the semester in order to get an extension to continue the class the following semester. You may request for an Incomplete only when you have an unforeseeable emergency and justifiable reasons with proof such as a signed and officiated medical or a police report. A request form for an Incomplete will be available at the Testing Desk in the Math Lab during the last two weeks of the semesterDetails on how to qualify for an Incomplete can be found on your syllabus (distributed during orientation). If a student fails to complete the material on the extended time, the Incomplete grade automatically becomes a "F" or "D". If you are receiving Financial Aid based on units, the units for your class count only during the semester you originally enrolled in the class.

Disability Services: Students with disabilities needing accommodation, including those who had an IEP in high school, should make requests to Disabled Students Programs and Services in CSS 10 (661 395-4334) or Delano room 1001 (661 720-2000). All requests for accommodations require appropriate advance notice to avoid a delay in services. Please discuss approved accommodations with Dr. Jonathan Brown, Math Lab Coordinator, so we can work together to ensure your access and success at BC.

Academic Dishonesty: Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will result in a zero for that assignment. This is the only warning you will receive. See the Student Handbook for possible disciplinary consequences of Student Misconduct at Bakersfield College.

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