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Mathematical Sciences

Math Placement

 

Are you wondering which is the right mathematics course for you? Have you taken AP, IB, or other advanced mathematics courses? Please use this guide to help you find an appropriate mathematics course. You might also wish to consult the Advanced Standing portion of the College Catalog.

 

If you have further questions, please contact any mathematics faculty member or send an email to mathsci@lclark.edu. We are happy to help you find the best class for you!

 

Math Placement Exam

For those students without advanced mathematics experience Lewis & Clark uses a quantitative reasoning placement exam to assist with proper placement. The results of this exam is also used by a number of other departments. For more information, see the Quantitative Reasoning Exam page of the Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center.

 

AP Calculus AB or IB Mathematics HL

The following test scores are considered to be equivalent to taking the Lewis & Clark class Math 131 Calculus 1:

  • score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB exam,
  • score or 4 or 5 for the AB subscore of the AP Calculus BC exam,
  • score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Mathematics HL exam.

If you have such scores, then you are ready to take Math 132 Calculus 2. You are also eligible to take any course with a Math 131 prerequisite, such as Math 255 Statistical Concepts and Methods.

 

AP Calculus BC

A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam is considered to be equivalent to taking the Lewis & Clark classes Math 131 Calculus 1 and Math 132 Calculus 2. If you have such a score, then you are ready to take any of our 200-level mathematics classes:

  • Math 225 Linear Algebra
  • Math 233 Calculus 3
  • Math 215 Discrete Mathematics
  • Math 235 Differential Equations
  • Math 255 Statistical Concepts and Methods

We strongly encourage you to meet with a mathematics faculty member to discuss which of these courses best fits your interests and needs.

 

IB Further Mathematics and other advanced courses

If you have taken other advanced mathematics course, or are transferring in mathematics credit from another college or university, please consult with a mathematics faculty member to discuss your specific situation.