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Placement in Math courses

Social sciences, arts, humanities students

Students planning to major in the social sciences, arts, or humanities, and who wish to take a mathematics course but omit the study of calculus, may choose from {%include course number=1110%} or {%include course number=1140%}. Students may not take all 12 credits needed to satisfy the math/science requirement from the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Statistics. For purposes of the requirement, the courses in these two departments are treated as coming from a single department.

Calculus

The study of calculus is the foundation of college mathematics for students planning to major in mathematics or the physical sciences, or for those who anticipate a career or graduate study in any of the physical sciences, engineering, or applied social sciences (such as economics). There are essentially three programs of study available in calculus: 

  • {%include course number=1190%} is a one-semester four hour course covering the same material as {%include course number=1210%}, but with additional instruction in college algebra.  It is intended for students with no previous exposure to Calculus who may need extra help.

  • {%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} is a terminal one-year sequence intended for business, biology, and social science majors, and for some students fulfilling their premed requirements.

  • {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}, {%include course number=2310%} is the traditional calculus sequence intended for students of mathematics and the natural sciences, as well as for students intending to pursue graduate work in the applied social sciences.

You may NOT take more than one of {%include course number=1190%}, {%include course number=1210%}, or {%include course number=1310%} for credit. Also, you may NOT take both {%include course number=1220%} and {%include course number=1320%} for credit. The courses have overlapping material.

The {%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} sequence is unacceptable as a prerequisite for mathematics courses numbered 2310 and above. Students anticipating the need for higher mathematics courses should instead select the {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%} sequence. In all cases, {%include course number=1310%} (including AP credit) may be substituted for {%include course number=1210%}. However, the reverse is not always true. Unless otherwise specified, {%include course number=1210%} may not be substituted for {%include course number=1310%}. Similarly, {%include course number=1320%} can always be substituted for {%include course number=1220%}, but the reverse is typically not true.

Students who do not have credit for a first-semester calculus course (via exam or transfer work) may elect to take {%include course number=1210%} or {%include course number=1310%}. Exceptionally well-prepared students (who place out of both {%include course number=1310%} and {%include course number=1320%}) may choose either {%include course number=2310%} or {%include course number=3250%} as their first course in the fall.

Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra

To enroll in accelerated sections {%include course number=2315%} and its continuation {%include course number=3315%}, the student should contact the instructor. These courses are designed for highly motivated mathematics students. These courses are meant for those students who expect to major in subjects requiring the use of fairly advanced mathematics and for others who just love doing mathematics. It differs from {%include course number=2310%} in that more advanced material will be covered and more work on the part of the student will be expected. We expect that the additional effort will be amply rewarded. The prerequisite is a good command of single variable calculus.

Additional Courses

The McIntire School of Commerce’s B.S. in Commerce prerequisites include STAT 2120 and a Calculus course ({%include course number=1190%}, {%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1310%}, or higher level).

Pre-med students who are seeking to fulfill the “second-semester” calculus course required by some medical schools typically take {%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%}.

Elementary Education students planning to enroll in the 5-year Teacher Education program are encouraged to take {%include course number=1150%} and {%include course number=1160%}. Enrollment in both {%include course number=1150%} and {%include course number=1160%} is restricted to prospective students of the 5-year elementary education program. The instructor’s permission is required for other students and may be obtained via e-mail to the instructor or from the instructor on the first day of class.

To prepare for the mathematics major, you should complete the calculus sequence {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}, {%include course number=2310%} by the end of your fourth semester; you also must demonstrate computer proficiency by completing CS 1110, CS 1111, CS 1112,  CS 1113, CS 1120, or PHYS 2660, or an approved equivalent course with a grade of C- or higher. Please refer to the School of Engineering’s enrollment policy on CS courses, which may be found on their web site. Descriptions of the major and minor programs are available from the Mathematics Department office.

Mathematics Prerequisites for the Sciences and Economics

Students who plan to major in economics or in one of the sciences need to pay careful attention to the requirements of those programs. Below is a list of minimal requirements; additional math courses are often recommended and are sometimes prerequisites for advanced courses and for admission to graduate programs. Since individual departments can change their requirements for their major, please verify their requirements by reading their departmental announcements. Specific questions should be addressed to individual departments.

Program

Math Requirements

Astronomy

{%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}

Astro-Physics

{%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}, {%include course number=2310%}, {%include course number=3250%}, {%include course number=4210%}, {%include course number=4220%}

Biology

one semester of calculus ({%include course number=1210%} or {%include course number=1310%})

Chemistry B.A.

{%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}

Chemistry B.S.

{%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%} and either {%include course number=2310%} or {%include course number=3250%}

Cognitive Science

{%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1310%}

Economics

{%include course number=1210%}, {%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}

Environmental Sciences

{%include course number=1210%} or {%include course number=1310%}

Physics B.A.

{%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}, {%include course number=2310%}, {%include course number=3250%}

Physics B.S.

{%include course number=1310%}, {%include course number=1320%}, {%include course number=2310%}, {%include course number=3250%}, {%include course number=4210%}, {%include course number=4220%}


Advanced Placement

We give credit in the calculus sequence based upon the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Test (either AB or BC). It is the student’s responsibility to have these scores sent directly to the Admissions Office prior to enrolling.

STUDENTS WITH PRIOR CALCULUS AND AP EXAMINATIONS

AP Test and Score

Credit Awarded

Recommended Course

AB less than or = 3

none

{%include course number=1210%} or {%include course number=1310%}

BC less than or = 3

none

{%include course number=1210%} or {%include course number=1310%}

AB = 4 or 5

{%include course number=1310%}

{%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1320%}

On BC exam: an AB sub-score = 4 or 5

{%include course number=1310%}

{%include course number=1220%} or {%include course number=1320%}

BC = 4 or 5

{%include course number=1310%} and {%include course number=1320%}

{%include course number=2310%} and/or {%include course number=3250%}

A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB HL exam in mathematics yields credit for {%include course number=1310%} as well as Math 2000T (as per http://college.as.virginia.edu/iclec)

Calculus Placement (Without Credit)

If you believe your previous experience in calculus has prepared you to begin your work in calculus at UVA at an advanced level, but you do not have credit for the prerequisite lower-level course or courses, then the placement exams provided at 
Advisory Calculus-Placement Exams can help you decide which calculus course to enroll in.


If you are unsure about which UVa Mathematics course should be your first, consult your faculty advisor.