A Guide to the new Mathematics Curriculum for Continuing Students

What are the changes?

The following courses will be eliminated:

  • Math 157 (Calculus I for Social/Life Sciences) – Last offered:  Spring 2019.
  • Math 158 (Calculus II for Social/Life Sciences) – Last offered:  Fall 2019.
  • Math 159 (Precalculus) – Last offered:  Spring 2019.
  • Math 160 (Calculus I) – Last offered:  Spring 2019.
  • Math 170 (Calculus II) – Last offered:  Spring 2019.
  • Math 210 (Calculus III) – Last offered:  Fall 2019.

The following courses will be added (course descriptions can be found here):

  • Math 140 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 1) – First offered:  Fall 2019.
  • Math 141 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 2) – First offered:  Spring 2020.
  • Math 151 (Calculus I) – First offered:  Fall 2019.
  • Math 152 (Calculus II) – First offered:  Fall 2019.
  • Math 211 (Vector Calculus and Several Variable Integration) – First offered:  Spring 2020.
  • Math 270 (Optimization and Approximation) – First offered:  Fall 2020.

Why is the Mathematics Department making these changes?

  • Our primary goal is to improve success rates in our calculus and precalculus courses.
  • All of the new courses will be taught three days per week, which should improve student workload and scheduling difficulties resulting from the current 4-day-per-week calculus courses Math 160, 170, 210.
  • The new Calculus II (Math 152) will cover “multivariable differential calculus” (a welcome change to other departments on campus) and postpones “sequences and series” to a later course.

How will I complete my major or minor if a required calculus course will no longer be taught?

  • No student will be left unable to complete their desired major and minor.
  • The Mathematics Department has worked closely with other departments on campus to ensure a smooth transition to the new curriculum, including appropriate course substitutions. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to discuss any required mathematics courses they still need to complete, as well as the recommended substitutions.
  • Students who still need to take Math 158 (Calculus II for Social/Life Sciences) or Math 210 (Calculus III), and who meet the required prerequisites, are strongly encouraged to take these courses the last semester they will be offered, in Fall 2019.

Recommended course substitutions for Fall 2019:

Old Course Recommended Substitution
Math 157 (Calculus I for Social/Life Sciences) Math 140 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 1)
Math 159 (Precalculus) Math 140 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 1)
Math 160 (Calculus I) Math 151 (Calculus I)
Math 170 (Calculus II) Math 152 (Calculus II)

Additional recommended course substitutions:

Old Course Recommended Substitution
Math 158 (Calculus II for Social/Life Sciences)
  • Take Math 158 in Fall 2019, if possible.
  • Math 141 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 2)
    First offered in Spring 2020.
Math 160 (Calculus I)
  • Math 151 (Calculus I) OR
  • Math 141 (Calculus I with Precalculus, Part 2)
    Consult academic advisor.
    First offered in Spring 2020.
Math 210 (Calculus III)
  • Take Math 210 in Fall 2019, if possible.
  • Otherwise consult academic advisor and/or math department.