I have taken 2 courses in Statistics and numerous courses in Math, including Calculus and beyond. In short, I LOVE MATH.
Statistics can be more difficult than you expect, especially during the second half of the semester when you study hypothesis testing. Given your minimal background, I suggest that you take few if any other courses at the same time that you take this one. There is not much Algebra in the course, but you will have to learn how to think in many ways.
Currently in its 8th edition, the most popular textbook is by Mario F. Triola. Chances are that you will have to buy this one. It is widely used throughout the United States. I used the 4th edition in Florida years ago. My former Calculus instructor is one of the reviewers of the current and past editions. The 8th edition is required for classes at Collin County Community College here in the Plano area, so it is likely to be the same text in your nearby city.
You might also have to buy and learn how to use the TI-83 calculator. Research that possibility in advance. The Triola book is based on this calculator. If the TI-83 is required, then buy it and one small book from Amazon
now and begin learning it. The manual provided with the calculator teaches you the mechanics but nothing really much in the way of Statistics. This is why I recommend an additional book.
The quantity of formulas you will be required to memorize depends on your instructor. Some instructors require their students to demonstrate understanding of the underlying calculations on the exams. Then there are others who are more practically minded, and require their students to only know how to fully operate the calculator. You might not be able to determine which category your instructor is in until a couple weeks into the semester, so be prepared for the worst scenario of having to perform handwritten calculations with some calculator assistance.
Do not waste your money on additional textbook study guides unless you are the type of person who prefers them. A better idea would be to seek tutoring if you encounter a lot of difficulty. Remember what I said about the second half of the semester. Statistics can become suddenly overwhelming at that time. In the first several weeks you learn the basics of calculations. Then you have to apply your knowledge of them.
Mario F. Triola http://www.awl.com/hepg/triolastats/abouttriola.html
8th Edition companion websites http://www.awlonline.com/triola/
TI-83 store http://epsstore.ti.com/webs/catlist....=207&catid=782
TI-83 companion book http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...450887-5728729