First Year Focus
AP & IB Exam Credit
Students may use one quarter of math AP or IB credit to fulfill a single unit of the WCAS Area II (formal studies) distribution requirement.Passing Math 230 or any more advanced math course with a grade of C or better fulfills the entire WCAS Area II (formal studies) distribution requirement.
EXAM  SCORE  COURSE CREDIT 

Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC)  4, 5  Math 2200 
Mathematics BC  below 4  see Mathematics AB 
Mathematics BC  4, 5  Math 2200 and Math 2240 
IB Higher Level Exam  5, 6  Math 2200 
IB Higher Level Exam  7  Math 2200 and Math 2240 
Course recommendations for FirstYear Students
 If you are a student in ISP, MMSS, or the McCormick School of Engineering, your math requirements are set by your program. Consult your program advisers about placement in mathematics courses.
 If you have already studied multivariable calculus or linear algebra, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies (see the table below) to determine what course to take next.
 If you took AP or IB exams
 If you did not take AP or IB exams
 If you studied calculus outside the USA, you may qualify to participate in MENU and should consult the program's Director (see the table below). More information is available on the MENU webpage.
If you have studied some single variable calculus but are unsure about placement, take the self placement exam.
Questions? Email the appropiate person below. To make an appointment for an inperson discussion, call the math office at (847) 4913299.
FOR 
SEE 
OFFICE 
EMAIL ADDRESS 

Calculus placement; advice on 100 and 200 level courses 
Director of Calculus 
Lunt 204, Lunt B27 

MENU program 
Santiago Cañez, Director of MENU 
Lunt B3 

Advising about 300level courses and for math majors/minors; declaring a math major/minor; study abroad; taking math courses away from NU; math career and graduate school information 
Michael R. Stein, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) 
Lunt 228 
If you took AP or IB exams...
Placement Recommendations
EXAM 
SCORE 
Recommended Placement 
Other Possible Placement (*) 

Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC) 
4 
Math 224 
Math 230 
Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC) 
5 
Math 224, 230 or 2901 

Mathematics BC 
4 
Math 2901 or 2911 
Math 230 
Mathematics BC 
5 
Math 2901 or 2911 
Math 230 
IB Higher Level Exam 
5,6 
Math 224 

IB Higher Level Exam 
7 
Math 2901 or 2911 
Math 230 
(*) to be determined in consultation with a math adviser
Math 290 and 291 are the entry courses in our MENU program. Students invited to join MENU (based on their AP or IB scores) should give serious consideration to this option, since MENU is the preferred pathway to a math major or minor and the preferred prerequisite for applicants to MMSS and the Kellogg certificate programs. More information, including the differences between 290 and 291, is available on the MENU webpage.
If you did not take AP or IB exams...
 If you studied calculus in high school, take a self placement exam to determine whether to register for Math 220 or Math 224. You also need to take the online assessment ALEKS before arriving on campus. You may also consult the Director of Calculus, or seek admission to MENU.
 If you had NO calculus in high school...
 and plan to major in science, engineering, or economics... register for the first course in one of our beginning calculus sequences: Math 220, or Math 212.
 and plan to major in a social science other than economics which requires mathematics... you may register (depending on your needs) for Mathematics 202 (topics from elementary linear algebra, probability, elementary statistics), and/or for Math 211, a one quarter short differential and integral calculus course offered only in spring. Math 211 is not acceptable for science or economics majors. You may also take 220 or 212.
 and do not need to take any of the courses listed above, but are interested in continuing your study of mathematics, register for the following course which satisfies the WCAS formal studies distribution requirement:
 Math 100, Quantitative Reasoning, offered in the fall
Beginning calculus sequences
Math 220 initiates a five quarter sequence (220, 224, 230, 234, 240) of courses in calculus and linear algebra which are prerequisite to all higher mathematics courses and are required for science, engineering, and many economics majors.
Math 212, 213, 214 can replace 220 and 224 for students who have had little or no previous exposure to calculus and are unconfident about their mathematical preparation. True beginners  those who can certify that they have had no prior exposure to calculus whatsoever (a precalculus course is permitted)  may obtain permission to enroll in Math 212 from the Math Office (Lunt 201). Others with a limited background must consult the Director of Calculus for such permission. True beginners and those with a limited background may also enroll in our standard Math 220 followed by 224 which cover singlevariable calculus in in less time.