Students in the Civil Engineering degree program usually begin with Calculus1 (MATH 170), but many students take college algebra and trigonometry (MATH 143/144) or jump directly into Calculus 2 (MATH 175). The goal with math placement is to put you where you will learn the most. We never recommend that a student take a course they are not ready for as that is a recipe for failure.
Math level placement can be determined with your SAT/ACT/AP scores. It can also be determined by the Accuplacer Exam.
Students who have been out of school or who have not taken a math course in over a year should take the Accuplacer Exam. Review before you take the exam. More likely than not, the information is there, it just needs a bit of a jolt.