Mathematics Requirements

Three courses in mathematics, which include two courses in calculus and one additional course chosen from the approved list.

Calculus courses:

  • MATH 10A or 20A
  • MATH 10B or 20B

Approved list of mathematics courses:

  • MATH 10C - Calculus III
  • MATH 20C - Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering
  • MATH 11 - Calculus-based Introductory Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 18 - Linear Algebra (formerly MATH 20F)
  • PHIL 10 - Introduction to Logic

This requirement must be taken for a Letter Grade. 

Note: Please verify mathematics courses required by major and/or minor department.

Math Placement Exam

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is required for all new students unless you have one of the following exemptions:

  • AP Calculus AB (or AB subscore) score of 2 or higher.

  • IB Higher Level Math score of 5 or higher.

  • SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2 score of 600 or higher for MATH 10A or MATH 4C; 650 or higher for MATH 20A.

  • Community college or university course in calculus with a grade C- or better.

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) may be retaken after 60 days. See the Math Testing and Placement website for more information.

Math Placement Based on AP and IB Scores


MATH PLACEMENT BASED ON AP AND IB SCORES
AP SCORES
AP EXAM
1
2
3
4 or 5

AB

score 3, 4, 5
= 4 units

Take the MPE
Enroll in:
MATH 4C or
MATH 10A (FA18 only: MATH 20A or MATH 10A)

Enroll in:
MATH 20A
(for 2 units)
or MATH 10B

Enroll in:
MATH 20B or
MATH 10B

BC*

score 3, 4, 5
= 8 units

Use AB subscore
Use AB subscore
Enroll in:
MATH 20B
(for 2 units)
or MATH 10C

Enroll in:
MATH 20C or
MATH 10C

*Math Majors with a BC score of 5 can take the honors calculus sequence:
MATH 31AH - 31BH - 31CH

IB SCORE - HIGHER LEVEL EXAM
5, 6 or 7
(8 units)
Enroll in MATH 20B or 10B

NOTE: If Topic 9-Option: Calculus complete, petition Math Department for both 20A and 20B credit.

NOTE:  If you take a lower level course than the AP or IB chart indicates, you will not be given credit for that course.

Previous College Calculus

If you received previous college credit, you will not be given credit for repeating the equivalent course.

1 semester = MATH 20A or 10A
1 year = MATH 10A, 10B, and 10C or MATH 20A & 20B