FIRSTYEAR FOCUS
Standard Calculus and Linear Algebra courses
MATH 2200, 2240, 2300, 2340, and 2400 are Northwestern’s sStandard courses in calculus and linear algebra. These courses, or their equivalents, are prerequisite for most upperlevel mathematics courses and are required for all science and engineering majors. The courses are:
 MATH 2200 Differential Calculus of OneVariable Functions
 MATH 2240 Integral Calculus of OneVariable Functions
 MATH 2300 Differential Calculus of Multivariable Functions
 MATH 2340 Multiple Integration and Vector Calculus
 MATH 2400 Linear Algebra
MATH 2120, 2130, and 2140 form a sequence in singlevariable calculus for students who certify that they have had little or no previous exposure to calculus and are not confident about their mathematical preparation. The sequence consists of:
 MATH 2120 SingleVariable Calculus I
 MATH 2130 SingleVariable Calculus II
 MATH 2140 SingleVariable Calculus III
Together MATH 2120, 2130, and 2140 cover the same material as MATH 2200 and 2240.
Before registering for MATH 2120:
 True beginners (those who have had no previous exposure to calculus whatsoever) must obtain permission to register for MATH 2120 from the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Lunt Hall Room 201. A precalulus course is permitted.
 Students with limited exposure to calculus must obtain permission to register for MATH 2120 from the Director of Calculus. True beginners and those with limited calculus experience may also enroll in MATH 2200.
NEW STANDARD Calculus and Linear Algebra courses (BEGINNING FALL 2019)
Beginning in Fall 2019, Northwestern's standard courses in calculus and linear algebra will be:
 MATH 2201 SingleVariable Differential Calculus
 MATH 2202 SingleVariable Integral Calculus
 MATH 2260 Sequences and Series
 MATH 2281 Multivariable Differential Calculus for Engineering*
 MATH 2282 Multivariable Integral Calculus for Engineering*
 MATH 2301 Multivariable Differential Calculus^
 MATH 2302 Multivariable Integral Calculus^#
 MATH 2400 Linear Algebra
* For McCormick School of Engineering students only.
^ Not open to students in the McCormick School of Engineering.
# First offered in Winter 2020. MATH 2340 will be offered in Fall 2019 for a final time.
MATH 2181, 2182, 2183 form a sequence in singlevariable differential and integral calculus for students who certify that they had little or no previous exposure to calculus and are not confident about their mathematical preparation. The sequence consists of:
 MATH 2181 SingleVariable Calculus with Precalculus (1st quarter)
 MATH 2182 SingleVariable Calculus with Precalculus (2nd quarter)
 MATH 2183 SingleVariable Calculus with Precalculus (3rd quarter)
Together, MATH 2181,2,3 cover the same material as MATH 2201,2.
Before registering for MATH 2181:
 True beginners (those who have had no previous exposure to calculus whatsoever) must obtain permission to register for MATH 2181 from the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Lunt Hall Room 201. A precalculus course is permitted.
 Students with limited exposure to calculus must obtain permission to register for MATH 2181 from the Director of Calculus. True beginners and those with limited calculus experience may also enroll in MATH 2201.
Mathematical Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates (MENU)
Mathematical Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates (MENU) is a flexible program of challenging courses designed to provide qualified undergraduates with a thorough foundation in mathematics suitable for advanced study in mathematics and its applications across a wide range of disciplines.
Students invited to participate in MENU should give serious consideration to this option. MENU is the preferred pathway to a mathematics major or minor and is the preferred preparation for applicants to MMSS and to the Kellogg certificate programs. More information, including the differences between Math 290 and Math 291, is available at the MENU webpage.
 MENU offers students an opportunity to expand their mathematical knowledge while retaining flexibility about their majors. The program is especially suited for students considering a major in mathematics, the natural sciences, or economics, although MENU attracts participants with a variety of interests and majors. The entry courses to the MENU program are:
 MATH 2901,2,3 MENU Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
 MATH 2911,2,3 MENU Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
 The MATH 290 and MATH 291 sequences only begin in the Fall.
 Students who have not earned credit for MATH 2260 should also take MATH 2260 before taking MATH 2500 or 300level mathematics courses. Students may take MATH 2260 concurrently with MATH 290 or MATH 291.
Area II Formal Studies Distribution Requirement
Passing MATH 2301 or any more advanced math course with a grade of C or better satisfies the entire WCAS Area II Formal Studies distribution requirement.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examination Credit
See Credit Recognition for Students Entering 201920.
Course Recommendations for FirstYear Students
If you did not study calculus in high school,
 and you do not plan to major in a discipline that requires further mathematics, but you need to satisfy the Area II Formal Studies distribution requirement, then register for
 MATH 1000 Quantitative Reasoning (offered in Spring only), or
 MATH 2020 Finite Mathematics (offered in Fall, Winter and Spring), or
 MATH 2110 Short Course in Calculus (offered in Spring only), or
 MATH 2120 SingleVariable Calculus I (offered in Fall and Winter only), or
 MATH 2200 Differential Calculus of OneVariable Functions (offered in Fall and Winter only).
 and you plan to major in science, engineering, economics or journalism, then register for
 MATH 2200 Differential Calculus of OneVariable Functions (offered in Fall and Winter only), or
 MATH 2120 SingleVariable Calculus I (offered in Fall and Winter only).
 and you plan to major in a social science other than economics that requires mathematics, then register for
 MATH 2020 Finite Mathematics (offered in Fall, Winter and Spring), or
 MATH 2110 Short Course in Calculus (offered in Spring only), or
 MATH 2200 Differential Calculus of OneVariable Functions (offered in Fall and Winter only), or
 MATH 2120 SingleVariable Calculus I (offered in Fall and Winter only).
If you studied calculus in high school,
 and you are enrolled in the Integrated Science Program (ISP), Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS), or the McCormick School of Engineering,
 then consult your program adviser about placement in mathematics courses.
 and you have studied multivariable calculus or linear algebra,
 then consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine which course to take next.
 and you took an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate mathematics examination, then compare your score on the mathematics placement examination (see below) with the recommended placement in the following table, and register for the more advanced course.
EXAMINATION  SCORE  RECOMMENDED PLACEMENT  OTHER POSSIBLE PLACEMENT* 

AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC)  4  MATH 2240  MATH 2300 
AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC)  5  MATH 2240 or 2901  MATH 2300 
AP Mathematics BC  4  MATH 2301 or 2901  MATH 2911 
AP Mathematics BC  5  MATH 2301 or 2901  MATH 2911 
IB Higher Level Examination  6  MATH 2240  MATH 2300 
IB Higher Level Examination  7  MATH 2240 or 2901  MATH 2300 or 2911 
*after consulting with a mathematics adviser
 and you did not take an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate mathematics examination,
 and you have a strong interest in mathematics, and excelled in differential and integral calculus, but have not studied linear algebra and multivariable calculus, then consult the Director of MENU about appropriate placement.
 and you studied calculus outside of the United States, then consult the Director of MENU about appropriate placement.
 and you do not have a strong interest in mathematics, then register according to the results of the mathematics placement examination (see below).
 If you are unsure about your appropriate placement, contact the Director of Calculus.
MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAMINATION
All incoming firstyear and transfer students who intend to take a calculus course at Northwestern and are not in the McCormick School of Engineering must complete our online mathematics placement examination by 11:59 p.m. on July 31.
 This 90minute examination tests mastery of singlevariable calculus. The results of this examination, together with standardized examination scores and transfer credit, help the Department of Mathematics and firstyear advisers determine appropriate course placement in MATH 2201, 2202, 2260, 2301, 2302, or 2901/2911.
 The mathematics placement examination will be available through the Canvas learning management system beginning June 1. A link to Canvas appears in the top menu bar on the Northwestern university webpage (http://www.northwestern.edu).
 Incoming students should receive an email invitation to join a Canvas page to take the examination. Returning students who have not yet taken a Calculus course at Northwestern may contact the Director of Calculus for permission to take the placement exam. Placement information will be available through Canvas by the end of August.
 If you completed a multivariable calculus course in highschool, then complete the Multivariable Calculus Assessment (available through the mathematics placement examination on Canvas; see that site for instructions) and contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Contact Information
FOR  SEE  OFFICE  EMAIL ADDRESS 


Aaron Peterson, Director of Calculus  Lunt B2  calculus@math.northwestern.edu 
Mathematical Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates (MENU)  Santiago Cañez, Director of MENU  Lunt B27  menu@northwestern.edu 

John M. Alongi, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)  Lunt B3 

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