Foundations of College Algebra

Foundations of College Algebra

Sophia's Foundations of College Algebra course builds foundational algebraic and problem solving skills needed to succeed in a college-level algebra course. You will build your understanding of linear and quadratic relationships, and apply these concepts to real world situations through scenario-based activities. Full Description

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by Ashford University
  • – credits at Ashford University
  • Ashford University Equivalency: No Credit Given



Accepted for transfer by Ashford University.

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Foundations of College Algebra

Course Description
Sophia's Foundations of College Algebra course builds foundational algebraic and problem solving skills needed to succeed in a college-level algebra course. You will build your understanding of linear and quadratic relationships, and apply these concepts to real world situations through scenario-based activities.

Grading & Assessments

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 6 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 2 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Simplify and evaluate numerical expressions
  • Solve linear equations and inequalities
  • Interpret slope, intercepts, and graphs of lines
  • Simplify and multiply exponents and polynomials
  • Factor polynomial expressions
  • Solve quadratic equations
  • Perform operations on complex numbers

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


197 Student Reviews
by Kaitlyn P. on August 12, 2020
This course is the best review ever!!! My favorite part: There were explanations for every answer. My lease favorite part: This isn't in all the courses!! The explanations were super clear and made sense. As a freshman in high school, I found this improved my comprehension. I reviewed my entire algebra course in 3 days. Seriously, Sofia, put explanations for the answers in all your courses! It would improve them soo much! I loved the course, nothing I would change. I'm off to take college Algebra now!
by Edward F. on August 10, 2020
I loved this course on Sophia Learning! It certainly showed me how easy it is to understand the basics of college algebra! Thank you, Sophia Learning!!!
by Huu Duc N. on August 10, 2020
by Tiffany B. on August 10, 2020
I have never understood Algebra but the way this course breaks it down teaches it little by little and reviews everything is exactly what I needed. Highly recommend!
by Meghann F. on August 9, 2020
Good reminder course. Skills I hadn't used in many, many years.
by Kaili P. on August 8, 2020
I like it! I needed to supplement the course with some youtube tutorials, but this was a great resource. Thanks!
by Hannah N. on August 4, 2020
I loved this course, before taking it I thought I would be unable to go to college because of my math skills...or lack there of... I have multiple learning disorders and my last math teacher said they were sorry but they just didn't understand how to teach me anymore. Thank you for helping me!
by Thaneel M. on August 4, 2020
This really help me solidify my fundamentals.


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