Which Courses Should I Take?

Science-Engineering Calculus Sequence:

  • MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus I (3 hours)
  • MATH 102 - Single Variable Calculus II (3 hours)
  • MATH 211 - Ordinary Differential Equations (3 hours)
  • MATH 212 - Multivariable Calculus (3 hours)

These four courses should be taken in sequence, although 211 and 212 are relatively interchangeable. Each of these courses is offered every semester.

Honors Calculus Courses:

  • MATH 220 - Honors Differential Equations (Spring) (3 hours)
  • MATH 221 - Honors Calculus III (Fall) (3 hours)
  • MATH 222 - Honors Calculus IV (Spring) (3 hours)

Students should consider the honors calculus courses if they have a strong math background and are either considering a major in an area with a substantial math component, or just enjoy a challenge and want to go beyond just learning to solve problems. All of these courses will teach students how to prove mathematical statements.

MATH 221 and 222 stress theoretical aspects of multivariable calculus, although they also contain a considerable amount of problem solving. Students may not receive University credit for both 212 and 222, but it is possible to receive credit for both 212 and 221.

Math 220 is offered in the spring and satisfies requirements for Math 211. It covers the same material, but with more of an emphasis on theory.

Other Calculus Courses (for Distribution):

  • MATH 111 - Calculus: Differentiation and its Applications (Fall) (3 hours)
  • MATH 112 - Calculus: Integration and its Applications (Spring) (3 hours)

These courses emphasize problem solving, and do not go as far as 101-102. They are not intended for science or engineering majors, but a student may take 111, 112, and 102 (or 111, 101, and 102).

Dropback Option:

Students may drop back from a more advanced math class to a less advanced one at any point in the first seven weeks of the semester, per the chart below. Contact your instructor or a math advisor for more information.

From To
Honors Multivariable (Math 221) Multivariable Calc. (Math 212)
Honors Diff. Eqns. (Math 220) Diff. Eqns. (Math 211)
Honors Linear Algebra (Math 354) Linear Algebra (Math 355)
Multivariable Calc. (212) / Diff. Eqns. (211) Calculus II (Math 102)
Calculus II (Math 102) Calculus I (Math 101)
Calculus I (Math 101) Calculus: Differentiation (Math 111)

More Advanced Courses

Students who have already taken some or all of the above courses should visit this page . Speaking to a MATH advisor may be the best way to decide which course to take.

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