Michigan Community Colleges

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Mount Pleasant

Summary (provided by SWTC)

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a two-year college located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. In 1998, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council adopted a resolution establishing a tribally-controlled college and formation of a governing Board of Regents.

In passing their resolution to establish the college, the Tribal Council sought to increase access to higher education for the tribal community and to expand educational and career opportunities. The Tribal Council also was taking responsibility to provide for the future of the tribe by investing in its most valuable resource, its own people.

The establishment of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College was the first step in an educational empowerment process that is aimed at preserving and maintaining Saginaw Chippewa tribal culture. The college strives to provide a quality learning experience and environment designed to sustain the cultural continuity of the tribe from past to future generations.

Math courses offered

MTH 095 Fundamentals of Math (3)
This course is designed to help students develop confidence in working with numbers and to strengthen their mathematical skills. The course begins with a review of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Other topics covered include ratios, proportions, and percentages. Pre-algebra, geometry, and probability are introduced but are not covered extensively. This course is designed to help students reach college level skills and does not count toward a degree.

MTH 104 Beginning Algebra (4)
Topics will include but not limited to: real numbers, variable expressions, linear equations and inequalities, applications, functions, operations with polynomials, and factoring. This course is designed to help students reach college-level skills and does not count toward a degree. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 095 or placement test.

MTH 105 Intermediate Algebra (4)
This course will incorporate functions as a central theme. Topics will include but not limited to: data analysis, behavior of functions, notation and operations of polynomial functions, equations and inequalities, analysis of linear, quadratic, exponential, rational, and radical functions, and an introduction to geometry. Graphing calculator use is emphasized. Grade of “C” or better satisfies mathematics competency requirements. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 104 or placement test.

MTH 134 Plane Trigonometry (3)
Includes the study of functions and their graphs, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, identities, and triangles. Polar and exponential equations are solved. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 105 or placement test.
MTH 135 College Algebra (3)
Students will study graphs of lines, parabolas, absolute values, and circles. This course will also encompass an introduction to functions, linear and quadratic functions and models, rational functions, zeros of polynomial functions, complex numbers, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Graphing calculator use is emphasized. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 105 or placement test.

MTH 140 Pre-Calculus (4)
Includes the study of functions, analytic trigonometry, analytic geometry, elementary theory of equations, and mathematical induction. Prerequisites: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 105 or placement test.

MTH 145 Calculus I (5)
Students will study functions, limits, differentiation, continuity, and integration of algebraic and trigonometric functions and applications. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 140 or equivalent.

MTH 217 Business Calculus (4)
This course is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Topics will include but are not limited to: differentiation and integration of algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions, applications of differentiation and integration,
and partial derivatives. Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in MTH 135.

MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics (3)
Students will study data collection, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, probability, regression, sampling distributions, and statistical inference. Prerequisite: Grade
of “C” or better in MTH 104.

At a Glance

School Type
Independent, Coed
Degrees Offered
Entrance Difficulty
Noncompetitive , 100% of applicants were admitted

Admission: 36 applied; 36 admitted; 36 enrolled
Required: high school transcript
Cost and Financial Aid
Costs (2007-08)
Tuition: State resident $1440 full-time, $60 per credit hour part-time; nonresident $1440 full-time, $60 per credit hour part-time
Required fees: $600 full-time, $25 per credit hour part-time
Payment plans: Installment, deferred payment

Majors and Degrees
Degrees Offered
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Student Body
Undergraduate Student Population
123 undergraduate students, 75% women, 25% men, 2% African American, 3% Hispanic American, 85% Native American

Campus Life
Activities: Student-run newspaper

Academic Programs
School Calendar: Semesters

Total: 17
Full-time: 24% full-time
Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
Contact Info
Ms. Tracy Reed, Admissions Officer/Registrar/Financial Aid
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2274 Enterprise Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-775-4123
Fax: 989-775-4528