Starting a major

Most students begin with Math 119/120, 126/128, or 220. Students should consult their placement recommendation.

Are there courses students MUST, SHOULD, or Can take their First Year?

  • Must:  Although most students begin the mathematics major in the first semester, potential majors do not need to start immediately.
  • Should: Potential majors should take at least one mathematics course their first year.  Waiting until sophomore year is feasible, particularly if placement is Math 220 or higher.

Credit for previous coursework

  • Credit is given for a score of 4-5 on AP Calculus AB, BC, and/or AB sub-score (on the BC exam), a score of 5-7 on IB Math HL or SL, or an A on Cambridge A-Level Math.
  • Credit for transfer courses or other programs is done in consultation with the Registrar, the Mathematics Placement Director, and/or MSCS Chair.


  • Students should follow their placement survey results provided by the department and found on the Student Information System (SIS).
  • Students who would like to take a mathematics course other than their recommended placement or who want placement assistance need to contact the Mathematics Placement Director, Adam Berliner (, x3140.

Informational Events

  • The MSCS Department has an informational/social event in early October.
  • Week One Information Sessions