First-Year Courses

On this page, we offer information about our first-year course offerings in Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Statistics. Please consult with your program advisor if you have questions about which of our courses are acceptable for your degree program.

For information on obtaining credit in a course without actually registering in and taking the course, please visit the Credit by Special Assessment page.

To view course descriptions and to obtain scheduling information, please consult one of the following course catalogs:

Calculus

The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences recently made the following changes to first-year calculus courses:

  • Cancellation of MATH 113 (Elementary Calculus I).
  • Introduction of Calculus for the Physical Sciences I and II (MATH 144 and MATH 146) as alternatives to Elementary Calculus I and II (MATH 114 and MATH 115).
    • MATH 144 and MATH 146 are introduced to better serve the needs of students taking the calculus-based PHYS 144 and PHYS 146.  
    • MATH 144 and MATH 146 cover the same material as MATH 114 and MATH 115, respectively, but with motivation and examples drawn from the physical sciences.
    • The new courses are required co-requisites for PHYS 144 and PHYS 146, respectively.
    • Any student interested in the physical sciences may take MATH 144 and MATH 146 in lieu of MATH 114 and MATH 115, respectively (it is not necessary to also take PHYS 144 and PHYS 146). 
  • Introduction of Calculus for the Life Sciences (MATH 134).
    • MATH 134 is introduced to better serve the needs of students in the agricultural, biological, medical sciences, etc.  
    • MATH 134 covers mostly the same material as MATH 114, but with motivation and examples drawn from many areas of the life sciences.  
    • For more information, please visit the Calculus for the Life Sciences page.

Overview of our Calculus I courses:

Course

Remarks

MATH 100
Calculus I

Restricted to students in Engineering.

Year 1 Engineering students typically take this course in the Fall term.

MATH 114
Elementary Calculus I

Taken by most non-Engineering students.

MATH 117
Honors Calculus I

Taken by students with a keen interest in mathematics and the theoretical foundation of calculus.

This course can be used to replace MATH 100, MATH 114, MATH 134, or MATH 144.

Must be taken by Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics, Honors in Applied Mathematics, Honors in Mathematics and Economics, and Honors in Mathematical Physics.

Strongly recommended for Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics and Finance.

Offered only in the Fall term.

For more information, please visit the Honors Courses page.

MATH 134
Calculus for the Life Sciences I

Taken by non-Engineering students with an interest in the life sciences.

This course can be used to replace MATH 114 by any student interested in the life sciences.

MATH 144
Calculus for the Physical Sciences I

Taken by non-Engineering students with an interest in the physical sciences.

Must be taken as a co-requisite by students who register in PHYS 144 and who do not already have a Calculus I course (exceptions are students who choose to replace MATH 144 with MATH 117).

This course can be used to replace MATH 114 by any student interested in the physical sciences.

Offered only in the Fall term.

Overview of our Calculus II courses:

Course

Remarks

MATH 101
Calculus II

Restricted to students in Engineering.

Year 1 Engineering students typically take this course in the Winter term.

MATH 115
Elementary Calculus II

Taken by most non-Engineering students.

MATH 118
Honors Calculus II

Taken by students with a keen interest in mathematics and the theoretical foundation of calculus.

This course can be used to replace MATH 101, MATH 115, or MATH 146.

Must be taken by Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics, Honors in Applied Mathematics, Honors in Mathematics and Economics, and Honors in Mathematical Physics.

Strongly recommended for Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics and Finance.

Offered only in the Winter term.

For more information, please visit the Honors Courses page. 

MATH 146
Calculus for the Physical Sciences II

Taken by non-Engineering students with an interest in the physical sciences.

Must be taken as a co-requisite by students who register in PHYS 146 and who do not already have a Calculus II course (exceptions are students who choose to replace MATH 146 with MATH 118).

This course can be used to replace MATH 115 by any student interested in the physical sciences.

Offered only in the Winter term.

Notes:

  • Students can switch between non-Engineering streams after having taken a Calculus I course if they wish:
    • A student can take MATH 115 after having taken any of MATH 114, MATH 117, MATH 134, or MATH 144. 
    • A student can take MATH 146 after having taken any of MATH 114, MATH 117, MATH 134, or MATH 144.
    • Students wishing to take MATH 118 after having taken MATH 114, MATH 134, or MATH 144 can do with consent of the Department.
  • Any of the Calculus II courses are accepted as pre-requisites for MATH 214, Intermediate Calculus I.

Linear Algebra

We offer the following first-year courses in Linear Algebra:

Course

Remarks

MATH 102
Applied Linear Algebra

Restricted to Engineering students.

Year 1 Engineering students typically take this course in the Winter term.

MATH 125
Linear Algebra I

Taken by most non-Engineering students.

MATH 127
Honors Linear Algebra I

Taken by non-Engineering students interested in pursuing further study in mathematics; provides a rigorous and abstract approach to linear algebra.

This course can be used to replace MATH 125 (but not MATH 102).

Must be taken by Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics, Honors in Applied Mathematics, and Honors in Mathematics and Economics.

Strongly recommended for Year 1 students in Honors in Mathematics and Finance.

Offered only in the Fall term.

For more information, please visit the Honors Courses page.

Statistics

Effective Fall 2015, the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences no longer offers STAT 141.  All students seeking to register in STAT 141 should register in STAT 151 instead.  STAT 151 can replace any STAT 141 program requirement.