Enrollment Info

Every course in the Mathematics Department has a prerequisite. If you have not taken a mathematics course at UCSC, you are able to enroll into your first course based on an AP Calculus exam score, an IB Higher Level Mathematics score, a previous college Mathematics course, or through an online assessment.

For new students, the primary concern is getting enrolled.  Here is a quick overview of how to assess where you are at and which courses you should enroll in....

What classes do I enroll in to start my Math major?
What math class should I enroll in?
What calculus series should I take?
When should I take math?

What classes do I enroll in to start my Math major?

Students begin with the mathematics course they place into.  Using the following information, students should prioritize their enrollment in math courses.

What math class should I enroll in?

Take the Mathematics Placement. Your score will determine which math course you can enroll in.  

Which calculus series should I take?

UCSC offers several calculus sequences.  MATH 19AB or MATH 20AB are recommended options for Math majors.

MATH 19 series, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

MATH 20 series, Honors Calculus.

Your AP Calculus test score may exempt you from taking one or more of the calculus courses, see our Advanced Placement Credit page for more information.

When should I take math?

You should take math in your first quarter.  Reference these sample academic plans and your math placement score to determine which sample plan is appropriate for you:

Pure Mathematics Freshmen Academic Plans
Computational Mathematics Freshmen Academic Plans
Mathematics Education Freshmen Academic Plans