Placement With No Prior Calculus

Our math placement information for freshmen will be reviewed and updated in July 2017. We anticipate no big changes beyond minor adjustments based on the revised SAT exam and inclusion of recommendations based on ACT scores.

Calculus Options:

  • If your precalculus skills are strong (700 or higher on math SAT for example) then you can take MAT103.
  • If your precalculus knowledge is rusty or if it has gaps, you can start in MAT100.
  • If you are unsure, sign up for MAT103 at a time when MAT100 is offered, so that you can switch down if necessary.

Other Options:

  • The math department regularly offers special courses that aim to give a serious introduction to mathematical reasoning to students whose primary interests are in non-quantitative disciplines.  We try to offer at least one such course every academic year, usually in the spring, depending on staff availability. Check the Registrar's Course Offerings for more specific information about general interest Quantitative Reasoning courses.  To see descriptions for past courses of this type check out MAT199 or MAT190 or MAT189.  
  • Students with a strong background in mathematics can fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement with MAT214 for a change from calculus/analysis.


Undergraduate Placement Officer