College Algebra –Online Program

Offered by: StraighterLine

College credits: 3

Course length: Self-paced, 4-12 weeks



Our popular College Algebra course provides a working knowledge of college-level algebra and its applications. Emphasis is placed upon the solution and the application of linear and quadratic equations, word problems, polynomials, and rational and radical equations. Students perform operations on real numbers and polynomials and simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions. Arithmetic and geometric sequences are examined, and linear equations and inequalities are discussed. Students learn to graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewise-defined functions and solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations. Other topics include solving applications using linear systems as well as evaluating and finding partial sums of a series.

  • Identify and then calculate perimeter, area, surface area, and volume for standard geometric figures
  • Perform operations on real numbers and polynomials.
  • Simplify algebraic, rational, and radical expressions.
  • Solve both linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.
  • Solve word problems involving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities.
  • Solve polynomial, rational, and radical equations and applications.
  • Solve and graph linear, quadratic, absolute value, and piecewise-defined functions.
  • Perform operations with functions as well as find composition and inverse functions.
  • Graph quadratic, square root, cubic, and cube root functions.
  • Graph and find zeroes of polynomial functions.
  • Perform vertical and horizontal shifts and reflections of a basic graph.
  • Perform stretches and compressions on a basic graph.
  • Transform the graph of a general function.
  • Graph quadratic functions by completing the square, using the vertex formula, and using transformations.
  • Solve and graph exponential and logarithmic equations.
  • Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities.
  • Model and solve applications using linear systems.
  • Evaluate and find partial sums of a series.
  • Evaluate and find sums of arithmetic and geometric sequences.
  • Solve application problems involving arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
  • Solve applications involving the various types of equations and inequalities.

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is StraighterLine?
StraighterLine is an educational provider that offers online higher education courses that are equivalent to general courses required for bachelor’s degrees. Their courses have been evaluated by American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and have been recommended for college credit. They have partnerships with a number of accredited colleges and universities.

What is the application process like?
Your advisor will be in contact throughout the process to help you complete the application, as well as answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, here is a general outline of what to expect:
  1. Apply to this offering.
  2. Complete the SmarterMeasure assessment related to your online learning style.
  3. In certain cases, you will need to submit your unofficial transcripts to Guild.

What does a self-paced course mean?
You can take a course 100% online at your own speed, in the comfort of your own home. You can take the course exam whenever you are ready. If you dedicate 17 to 20 hours per week to a course, this should allow you to finish a course within a single month. 

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.