Placement Advice

Liberal arts math courses

The liberal arts math courses Math 103, Math 104, and Math 106 are college credit bearing mathematics courses designed to satisfy a quantitative distribution requirement. 

These courses may not be used as an elective for the math major or minor.

  • Math 103 and  Math 106 are offered fall, spring, and summer
  • Math 104 is offered only in the fall and spring.

Details Here (Liberal Arts Math)

Precalculus courses

The precalculus course is available as a one-semester course (Math 115) or a two-semester course (Math 111-112). The two-semester course is slower paced and reviews some of the more rigorous algebraic topics: the one semester course is much faster and assumes that the student has a firm grasp of intermediate algebra.
Details Here (Precalculus Courses)

Calculus courses

There are two sequences of courses in calculus:
Math 151-152  - Calculus for Math and Physical Sciences

Required for engineering students and for students majoring in biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, and the physical sciences.
Also suitable for students in Life Sciences, Economics, and other disciplines needing advanced mathematics courses.
Many of these majors also require Math 251, a third term of calculus.

Math 135-136 - Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences

For students who do not intend to take further mathematics courses.

Students sometimes need to switch from the 135-136 track to the 151-152 track because of a change in major or for other reasons.

Students may use Math 135 in place of Math 151 to satisfy the prerequisite for admission to Math 152 but should consult our Head Advisor about their plans. Many students have done this successfully but it is not easy.

Students who have already taken 136 (or an older version called 138) and need 152 normally retake 152 with E-credit (no additional graduation credit). There are other options but both of these courses differ substantially from 152.

Differential equations

The Department offers two courses in differential equations:

  • Math 252, a 3-credit course intended mainly for mathematics majors and minors.
    (Introduction to Linear Algebra) Math 250 is a prerequisite for Math 252.
  • Math 244, a 4-credit course taken by engineering students and some physics majors
    Students from engineering may use Math 244 in place of Math 252 to fulfill a requirement for the mathematics major or minor.