Placement Advice

There are two sequences of courses in calculus, one intended for science and engineering majors (Math 151-152), and one for all other students (Math 135-136).

Calculus for Math and Physical Sciences (and some Life Sciences Students)

The calculus courses Math 151-152 are required for engineering students and for students majoring in biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, and the physical sciences. Many of these majors also require Math 251, a third term of calculus.

Math 151 and Math 152 are 4-credit courses taught with two 80-minute lectures and one 80-minute workshop each week. The lectures enroll about 75 students, who divide into three separate groups of 25 for the workshops. The workshop sessions review assigned homework and provide an opportunity for students to work in small groups on non-routine problems.

There are honors sections of Math 151 (fall only), Math 152, and Math 251. An advanced honors version of Math 251, listed as Math 291, is taught both fall and spring semesters. Enrollment in these courses requires permission of the Department of Mathematics, but does not require enrollment in a collegiate honors program. Students in college honors programs may satisfy the requirements of those programs by enrolling in either the honors sections of Math 151-152-251 or the honors course Math 291. Honors students in the College of Engineering are required to enroll in these courses to fulfill their calculus requirement. The honors course 291 is considered more demanding than the honors section of 251. Students with strong records will be invited to take honors courses or sections. Others who are interested should speak to the Head Mathematics Advisor (732-445-2390).

Calculus for Other Majors

The calculus courses Math 135 and Math 151 cover roughly the same material, while Math 136 is substantially different from Math 152. The sequence Math 135-136 is designed for students with different interests. Pre-business students, pre-medical students, pharmacy students, and those majoring in economics take one or both of these courses. Students planning to major in the life sciences should seek advice in their departments about choosing their calculus courses. The sequence 151-152 as well as further mathematics courses may be appropriate for such students, and 152 is needed for continuation on to higher level mathematics courses.

As with the science sequence, Math 135 and Math 136 are 4-credit courses which have two 80-minute lectures of about 105 students per week together with an 80-minute recitation of about 35 students.The recitation provides an opportunity to work in small groups on more difficult problems.