UCSD Math Enrollment Requirements

UCSD offers three entry-level pathways for students entering mathematics at UCSD

  • The Math 10A/B/C series are calculus courses designed for biology and non-STEM majors. Math 3C is the precalculus course that prepares students in this this pathway.  Math 2 is the Introductory course that prepares students for Math 3C.
  • The Math 20A/B/C series are calculus courses for STEM-majors. Math 4C is the precalculus course that prepares students in this this pathway.  
  • Math 18 is an entry-level Linear Algebra course.

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) places students from Math 2 through Math 20A.

Check your major to see which series you should enroll in.

Math 10 Calculus Series

This series meets minimum requirements for biology and non-STEM majors and meets the general education requirements of most of the UCSD colleges. Check with your college and major to ensure this course meets their requirements.

Math 3C: Precalculus

Math 3C is the precalculus course for those intending to take Math 10A.

Requirements:

  • Score of 600 or higher on SAT I Math; OR
  • Qualification on the MPE.

Math 10A: Calculus

Math 10A is a beginning calculus course for students in biology or non-STEM majors.

Requirements - One of the following:

  • Qualification on the MPE; OR
  • Score of 2 on an AP Calculus Exam; OR
  • Score of 600 or higher on the SAT II Math Level 2 exam; OR
  • Grade of C or better in Math 3C or a grade of C- or better in Math 4C.

High school or community college precalculus courses may NOT be used to qualify for Math 10A.

You may not take Math 10A for credit if you already received credit by AP Calculus score or if you have credit for Math 20A.

Math 10B/C Calculus

Consult the course catalog for a description of these courses and their prerequisites, or see the AP Calculus exam prerequisites.

Math 20 Calculus Series

The Math 20ABC course sequence satisfies mathematics prerequisites for students in STEM majors.

Math 4C: Precalculus for Science and Engineering

Math 4C is the precalculus course for those intending to take Math 20A

Requirements:

  • Students must take the MPE to qualify for Math 4C. 

Math 20A: Calculus for Science and Engineering

Math 20A is a beginning calculus course for students STEM majors.

Requirements - One of the following:

  • Qualification on the MPE; OR
  • Score of 650 or higher on the SAT II Math Level 2 exam; OR
  • Score of 2 or 3 on the AP Calculus AB exam (or an equivalent AB subgrade on the AP Calculus BC exam); OR
  • Grade of C- or better in Math 4C. 

High school and community college precalculus courses may NOT be used to qualify for Math 20A.

You may not take Math 20A for credit if you already received credit by AP Calculus score of 4 or 5 or transfer credit.

Math 20B/C Calculus for Science and Engineering

Consult the course catalog for a description of these courses and their prerequisites, or see the AP Calculus exam prerequisites.

Math 18: Linear Algebra

Math 18 offers students coursework in: matrix algebra, Gaussian elimination, determinants, linear and affine subspaces, bases of Euclidean spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, quadratic forms, orthogonal matrices, and diagonalization of symmetric matrices.

Requirements - One of the following:

  • Qualification on the MPE; OR
  • Score of 2 on an AP Calculus Exam; OR
  • Score of 600 or higher on the SAT II Math Level 2 exam; OR
  • Grade of C or better in Math 3C or a grade of C- or better in Math 4C.

Math 2: Introduction to College Mathematics

Math 2 is a highly adaptive course designed to build on students’ strengths while increasing overall mathematical understanding and skill. Math 2 prepares students for Math 3C.

Requirements:

  • Qualification on the MPE

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