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FIRST-YEAR FOCUS

Standard Calculus and Linear Algebra courses

MATH 220-0, 224-0, 230-0, 234-0, and 240-0 are Northwestern’s sStandard courses in calculus and linear algebra. These courses, or their equivalents, are prerequisite for most upper-level mathematics courses and are required for all science and engineering majors. The courses are:

MATH 212-0, 213-0, and 214-0 form a sequence in single-variable 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:

Together MATH 212-0, 213-0, and 214-0 cover the same material as MATH 220-0 and 224-0.

Before registering for MATH 212-0:

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:

* For McCormick School of Engineering students only.
^ Not open to students in the McCormick School of Engineering.
# First offered in Winter 2020.  MATH 234-0 will be offered in Fall 2019 for a final time.

MATH 218-1, 218-2, 218-3 form a sequence in single-variable 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:

Together, MATH 218-1,2,3 cover the same material as MATH 220-1,2.

Before registering for MATH 218-1:

Students who have not earned credit for MATH 226-0 should also take MATH 226-0 before taking MATH 250-0 or 300-level mathematics courses. Students may take MATH 226-0 concurrently with MATH 230-1, MATH 230-2 or MATH 240-0.

 

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.

Area II Formal Studies Distribution Requirement

Passing MATH 230-1 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 2019-20.

 

Course Recommendations for First-Year Students

If you did not study calculus in high school,

If you studied calculus in high school,

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Examination Recommended Placement

EXAMINATION SCORE RECOMMENDED PLACEMENT OTHER POSSIBLE PLACEMENT*
AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC) 4 MATH 224-0 MATH 230-0
AP Mathematics AB (or AB subscore of Mathematics BC) 5 MATH 224-0 or 290-1 MATH 230-0
AP Mathematics BC 4 MATH 230-1 or 290-1 MATH 291-1
AP Mathematics BC 5 MATH 230-1 or 290-1 MATH 291-1
IB Higher Level Examination 6 MATH 224-0 MATH 230-0
IB Higher Level Examination 7 MATH 224-0 or 290-1 MATH 230-0 or 291-1

*after consulting with a mathematics adviser

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAMINATION

All incoming first-year 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.

 Contact Information

Contact Information

FOR SEE OFFICE EMAIL ADDRESS
  • Calculus placement
  • 100- and 200-level course advising
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
  • Mathematics major and minor advising
  • Declaring a mathematics major or minor
  • Credit for mathematics courses at other institutions
  • 300-level course advising
  • Study abroad for mathematics majors and minors
  • Career advising
  • Graduate study advising
John M. Alongi, Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) Lunt B3

dus-math@northwestern.edu

  • Mathematics majors and minors can schedule advising appointments on Inspire.  
  • Students who have not yet declared a Mathematics major or minor can schedule advising appointments by contacting the Undergraduate Program Assistant (jenima.lyon@northwestern.edu).

 

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