algebra is any number based variable you do math operations on in any programming language. maybe it is your memory... unless all you wrote was hello world. PoliSci is already kind of a BS degree (no pun intended) to make it so any random person who can't add can get a degree devalues the entire collegiate structure. when you earn a degree it means you went above and beyond in academics and deserve recognition for it.
lets run with the idea of eliminating unnecessary subjects from degree programs, though (just to see how much actual education we can strip out of college)... for a CS degree, why require english? or history? these have nothing to do with the actual logic, math, and engineering principals that go into designing a program or computer system. you don't need to know that Napoleon had a hard time fighting a ground war in russia in the winter (duh) or that he thought alexander the great was, well, great. you don't have to know about the allegories in the works of twain or be able to discourse on the underlying message of hamlet to be a good programmer.
unfortunately for you DO need algebra for political science if you're going to continue to call it science.
From wikipedia: "Political science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government, and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior. "
so unless they're all just sitting around and talking about it they're gonna need statistics and good luck learning statistics if you can't handle college level algebra.