Placement Information for Calculus and Statistics
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Calculus Placement
Students wishing to enroll in a Calculus course will need to either complete the online ALEKS Placement Assessment or submit a qualifying AP or IB exam score. New students who do not have a qualifying AP or IB score should take the ALEKS Placement Assessment early in the summer prior to starting at Oxy. This will allow time to review material and retake the assessment again if desired.
Continuing students can take the ALEKS Placement Assessment at any time, but we recommend taking it at least several weeks prior to the next advising and registration period to allow time for you to take advantage of the Prep and Learning Module.
Should I take the Calculus Placement Assessment?
Calculus 1 is required for several majors, including Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, and Physics. In addition, some majors may require Calculus 2, a statistics course, or other additional math coursework. (For more information about course requirements for a given major, visit the relevant department web page or refer to the College Catalog.)
If you are interested in any of the majors listed above and have not received a qualifying score on an AP or IB exam (see below), you should take the Calculus Placement Assessment during the summer prior to your first semester at Occidental.
Using an AP or IB score for Placement
Students who have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in calculus should refer to the charts below for placement.
Note: If you have received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam, or a 4 or above on the IB Calculus HL exam you should not take the online Calculus Placement Assessment (ALEKS) as it will not place you in the appropriate course.
Calculus AP Exam Score |
Placement |
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Calc AB: 4 or 5 |
MATH 120 or MATH 128 |
Calc AB: 3 or less |
Take the ALEKS Placement Assessment |
Calc BC: 4 or 5 |
MATH 150, MATH 210, MATH 212, or MATH 214 |
Calc BC: 3 or Less |
AB subscore of 4 or 5: MATH 120 or MATH 128 AB subscore of 3 or less: Take the ALEKS Placement Assessment |
Calculus IB Exam Score |
Placement |
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IB HL: 6 or 7 |
MATH 150, MATH 210, MATH 212, or MATH 214 |
IB HL: 5 |
MATH 114, MATH, 120, or MATH 128 (Contact the Math Department for guidance if you are unsure of whether to take a Calculus I or Calculus II course) |
IB HL: 4 |
MATH 110 or MATH 114 |
IB HL: 3 or less |
Take the ALEKS Placement Assessment |
IB SL: any score |
Take the ALEKS Placement Assessment |
Information for Transfer Students
Transfer students who have not previously taken a calculus course at another college or university should use either an AP or IB score for placement (if available) or take the ALEKS Placement Assessment.
Transfer students who have taken courses beyond calculus should confer with the chair of the Math Department for advice on placement in an appropriate mathematics course.
Calculus Courses
The following are brief descriptions of Occidental's calculus courses. For a more detailed description of each individual course, please refer to the online course catalog.
MATH 108-109: Unified Precalculus and Calculus
MATH 108-109 is a two-semester sequence that covers the material in Calculus 1 with additional study of elementary functions, algebra, trigonometry, graphing, and mathematical expression. Typically MATH 108 is offered only during the fall semester, with MATH 109 being taken in the spring. (Students must take MATH 108 in order to take MATH 109.) This two course sequence is designed for students who have studied only three years of high school mathematics or who are unready for the pace of calculus.
Successful completion of both MATH 108 and 109 will fulfill the Calculus 1 requirement for any major or minor; it will also allow students to register for any course that has Calculus 1 as a prerequisite.
MATH 110: Calculus 1
This course is intended for students with no prior experience in calculus, but who have studied algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and a fourth year of high school mathematics (such as Mathematical Analysis, Elementary Functions, or pre-calculus).
Successful completion of MATH 110 will fulfill the Calculus 1 requirement for any major or minor; it will also allow students to register for any course that has Calculus 1 as a prerequisite.
MATH 114: Calculus 1 (Advanced)
This Calculus 1 course is similar to MATH 110, but is Intended for students interested in more mathematical rigor. It is recommended for students who expect to take mathematics courses beyond calculus.
Successful completion of MATH 114 will fulfill the Calculus 1 requirement for any major or minor; it will also allow students to register for any course that has Calculus 1 as a prerequisite.
MATH 120: Calculus 2
This Calculus 2 course is commonly taken by students who have completed MATH 109, 110, or 114. It is also open to students who received an AP Calc AB score of 4 or 5, or an IB Calc HL score of 5, though students with qualifying AP or IB scores may wish to take MATH 128 instead.
Successful completion of MATH 120 will fulfill the Calculus 2 requirement for any major or minor; it will also allow students to register for any course that has Calculus 2 as a prerequisite.
MATH 128: Calculus 2 (Advanced Placement)
This course is similar to Math 120, but is intended primarily for students who have Advanced Placement calculus in high school and received a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calc AB exam. MATH 128 assumes mastery of the basic skills, including integration techniques and differentiation rules.
Successful completion of MATH 128 will fulfill the Calculus 2 requirement for any major or minor; it will also allow students to register for any course that has Calculus 2 as a prerequisite.