Online Courses

The Mathematics Department offers MATH 19A/B (Calculus for Science, Engineering and Mathematics) and MATH 23A/B (Vector Calculus) ONLINE as well as in the "traditional lecture format." These online courses are offered to all UC students through UC's cross-campus enrollment system, and can also be taken by non-UC students. They articulate fully at all UCs as prerequisites and general education requirements.

(Watch an informational video about UC-wide Online Courses.) (Read an article about them.)

Tentative UCSC 22-23 academic year schedule:

Fall 22
Winter 23
Spring 23
Summer 23
Math 19A Both Online Classroom Online
Math 19B Classroom Both Online Online
Math 23A Online Online Both Online
Math 23B Classroom Classroom Classroom Online

*** Note: For the duration of pandemic recovery, all sections and office hours will be offered remotely via Zoom. All exams will be administered remotely.

What is online Calculus and how does it work?

There are approximately 90 short, focused lectures per course, each lasting from 5-15 minutes. These are presented online through Canvas, UCOE's learning management system. Each lecture can be viewed any time, anywhere where internet is available. The lectures, which are captioned, can be paused and reviewed as often as students wish.

The interactive textbook is available online through The Macmillan Publishing Company. Reading through the text is monitored through a series of carefully-designed progress check questions.

Low-stakes quizzes are given online, but proctored exams are offered both in-class (through the usual University method) and online (through an online proctoring service called "Proctor U.")

Students are encouraged to post and answer questions to each other (peer-to-peer collaborative learning) and to their instructors through an online discussion platform known as "Piazza", accessible through Canvas.

Sections as well as office hours are offered in the traditional in-person format in our offices and classrooms, as well as on-line through Zoom, a freely available chat utility with screen sharing and whiteboard capability.

This setup is designed to meet the needs of local as well as remote students, and accomodates a variety of learning styles. Furthermore, it allows us to optimize instruction so that it is most effective in helping students learn the material.

In-person, drop-in sections listed in the UCSC Schedule of Classes are for additional support as needed-- no enrollment is necessary; anyone can attend at any time.

Instructors Tony Tromba and Frank Bauerle present a comprehensive course overview at the websites below.

Math 19A

Math 19B

Math 23A

Math 23B