Math Testing and Placement
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UCSD offers three entry-level pathways for students entering mathematics at UCSD
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 2 is a highly adaptive course designed to build on students’ strengths while increasing overall mathematical understanding and skill. Math 2 is designed to prepare students for Math 3C.
Requirements:
Qualifying placement on the MPE.
This series meets minimum requirements for biology and non-STEM majors and meets the general education requirements for many of the UCSD colleges. Check with your college and major to ensure this course meets the requirements.
Math 3C is the precalculus course for those intending to take Math 10A.
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Qualifying placement on the MPE.
Math 10A is a beginning calculus course for students in biology or non-STEM majors.
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
NOTE: Precalculus taken in high school, community college, or another university does NOT meet the prerequisite for any math course at UCSD.
You may not take Math 10A for credit if you already received credit by AP Calculus AB (score 3 or higher), if you have earned equivalent transfer credit, or if you have earned credit for Math 20A.
Math 10B offers student coursework in: Integral calculus of functions of one variable, with applications. Antiderivatives, definite integrals, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, methods of integration, areas and volumes, separable differential equations. (No credit given if taken after or concurrent with MATH 20B.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Math 10C offers student coursework in introduction to functions of more than one variable. (No credit given if taken after or concurrent with Math 20C.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Consult the course catalog for a description of these courses and their prerequisites or see the AP Calculus exam prerequisites.
The Math 20 series satisfies mathematics prerequisites for students in STEM majors and can be used to meet general education requirements for many colleges.
Math 4C is the precalculus course for those intending to take Math 20A. (Two units of credits given if taken after MATH 3C.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Math 20A is the first course in the Math 20 series for students in STEM majors and offers coursework in foundations of differential and integral calculus of one variable. (Two units of credits given if taken after MATH 10A.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
NOTE: High school and community college precalculus courses do NOT meet the prerequisite for Math 20A.
You may not take Math 20A for credit if you already received credit by AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5 or have earned equivalent course transfer credit.
Math 20B is the second course in the Math 20 series for students in STEM majors and offers coursework in integral calculus of one variable and its applications, with exponential, logarithmic, hyperbolic, and trigonometric functions. (Two units of credits given if taken after MATH 10B or MATH 10C.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Math 20C is the third course in the Math 20 series for students in STEM majors and offers coursework in vector geometry, vector functions and their derivatives. (Two units of credit given if taken after MATH 10C. Credit not offered for both MATH 20C and 31BH.)
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
Consult the course catalog for a description of these courses and their prerequisites or see the AP Calculus exam prerequisites.
Math 11 offers student coursework in events and probabilities, conditional probability, Bayes’ formula, discrete and continuous random variables: mean, variance; binomial, Poisson distributions, normal, uniform, exponential distributions, central limit theorem, sample statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and regression.
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites:
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.
Students must meet one of the following prerequisites: