There are many factors to consider when deciding on your next math class. You can get individualized advice by emailing ugradassistant@mathematics.byu.edu to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our department advisers.
Below, we will address some common questions as well as advice to keep in mind.
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What math courses fulfill the quantitative reasoning general education requirement?
Many students fulfill this requirement with an ACT math score of 22 or higher, or an SAT math score of 540 or higher. For students who do not achieve these scores, any one of Math 102, Math 110, Math 112, or Math 118 will fulfill the quantitative reasoning requirement.
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What math courses fulfill the languages of learning general education requirement?
Any one of Math 112, Math 113, or Math 118 will fulfill the languages of learning requirement.
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My adviser counseled me to retake a class for which I already have credit from high
school. Do I really need to retake the course?
No, if you received credit for a course there is no requirement to retake it.
If you are concerned that you have forgotten the material or did not understand the material when you took the course, there are many resources to help you review the material.
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I recently returned from a mission (or have not recently taken a math course), and I
am afraid that I’ve forgotten all I’ve learned. Should I retake a course, to relearn the
material?
Probably not. Know that you are not alone! Many students at BYU are recently returned missionaries, feeling exactly how you feel and many professors briefly review material as needed. Each professor will have three office hours a week where they can help you review material you might need help with. Experience has shown that, for many students, a little review goes a long way toward remembering skills.
Here are some resources that you can use to help you review the material.
a) The online system ALEKS can also be a useful tool to review materials for a minimal cost.
b) During the first two weeks of fall semester, the Math Lab usually holds review sessions for students to help them assess their skills. Contact mathlabassistant@math.byu.edu for more information.
c) Independent study also offers a 0-credit course ENGT 295R to help students refresh their algebra, trigonometry, and calculus skills.
d) You can find previous final exams for Math 110/111/112/113/118 here to help you assess how well you understand the material covered in each course.
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I took the Calculus AB/BC exam in high school. What course should I take?
The class credit for calculus exams can be found here:
A score of 3 on either the Calculus AB or Calculus BC tests gives you credit for Math 110 and Math 111. Most students in this situation are ready for the Calculus 1 class Math 112.
A score of 4-5 on the Calculus AB test or a score of 4 on the Calculus BC test gives you credit for Math 110 and Math 112. Most students in this situation are ready for the Calculus 2 class Math 113.
A score of 5 on the Calculus BC test gives you credit for Math 112 and Math 113. In this case, you are ready for Math 213+215 (Linear Algebra) or Math 314 (Calculus 3).
We encourage all math majors to take Math 290 and Math 191 their first semester at BYU.
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I took the AP tests, but I don’t have my scores yet. What should I do?
Make your best guess at what score you got on the exam, and register accordingly. If the score comes back different than you thought, you can always make the needed change.
The class credit for calculus exams can be found here:
A score of 3 on either the Calculus AB or Calculus BC tests gives you credit for Math 110 and Math 111. Most students in this situation are ready for the Calculus 1 class Math 112.
A score of 4-5 on the Calculus AB test or a score of 4 on the Calculus BC test gives you credit for Math 110 and Math 112. Most students in this situation are ready for the Calculus 2 class Math 113.
A score of 5 on the Calculus BC test gives you credit for Math 112 and Math 113. In this case, you are ready for Math 213+215 (Linear Algebra) or Math 314 (Calculus 3). You might consider taking Math 290, which will help you get a math minor.
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What course should I take to prepare myself for Math 112 Calculus I?
Math 109 or Math 110.
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Should I take Math 116?
Students majoring in Finance are required to take either Math 116 or Math 112. Math 116 does not count towards the math major.
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Is there anyone I can talk to about my special situation? (For example: I am starting
in the Winter semester instead of the Fall.)
Of course! Please schedule an appointment with one of our advisers, by emailing ugradassistant@mathematics.byu.edu
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What are possible course sequences for pure students without AP credit for calculus?
Mathematics BS (Without AP Credit)
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Math 112**
Math 113
Math 314
Math 334
Math 342
Math 413
Math 352
Elective
Math 191
Math 213+215
Math 371 or 341
Math 341 or 371
Elective
Elective
†
Math 290
CS 110 (if needed)
CS 111
Stat 201
†
†
†
†
* There are many equally viable course sequences. Please meet with an advisor to discuss the many possible modifications.
** If you have credit for Math 112, shift the first row one column to the left.
† Students continuing to graduate school should consider taking additional courses, including Math 372, 541, 553, and 571
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What are possible course sequences for pure students with AP credit for calculus?
Mathematics BS (With AP Credit)
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Fall
Winter
Math 191
Math 314
Math 334
Math 342
Math 413
Math 352
Elective
†
Math 213+215
Math 341
Math 371
Elective
Elective
Elective
†
†
Math 290
CS 110‡
CS 111‡
Stat 201
†
†
†
†
Courses bolded are part of EMC2‡
* There are many equally viable course sequences. Please meet with an advisor to discuss the many possible modifications.
† Students continuing to graduate school should consider taking additional courses, including Math 372, 541, 553, and 571 and might consider the integrated 5-year MS program.
‡If you are enrolled in EMC2, then you will take Math 495R during the fall and winter of your first year and will no longer require CS 110/111