Placement Information for Incoming Students--Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Students who have taken courses beyond calculus should confer with the Department for advice on placement in an appropriate mathematics course.
Advanced placement is available to students with qualifying scores on the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations in statistics. Students scoring 4 or 5 on the AP exam may receive a prerequisite waiver for courses that have Math 146 as a prerequisite. Math 146 and Math 150 are similar courses; we advise students who are interested in taking an introductory statistics course and who have a Calculus I background (either coursework or AP placement) to enroll in Math 150: Data Analysis rather than Math 146: Statistics.
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.
Unified Precalculus and Calculus: Math 108-109
For students who have studied only three years of high school mathematics or who are unready for the pace of calculus (see below). This is a two-semester sequence that is equivalent to one semester of Calculus 1 (Math 110 or 114).
Calculus 1 & 2: Math 110 & 120
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).
Calculus 1 (Advanced): Math 114, followed by Calculus 2: Math 120
Intended for students interested in more mathematical rigor; recommended for students who expect to take mathematics courses beyond calculus.
Calculus 2 (Advanced Placement): Math 128
Similar to Math 120, but for students who have sucessfully completed Advanced Placement calculus; and assumes mastery of the basic skills particularly integration techniques and differentiation rules. Please refer to the Mathematics Placement page for details.
Prior to taking the online placement exam, you must have activated your Oxy computer (Oxynet) account. If you haven't already, please go to http://my.oxy.edu with your assigned username and PIN, then change your PIN to your Oxynet password. If you have already changed your PIN to your Oxynet password, go to Step 2.
Go to https://moodle.oxy.edu/course/
Once you are on the "Enrollment Options" page, scroll to the very bottom and click the "Enroll Me" button. (You can do this prior to actually taking the test.)
When you are ready, take the test. Please follow all instructions and remember that you must take the test in one uninterrupted session. If you have problems logging into Moodle, please contact the ITS helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (323) 259-2880.
After taking the placement exam, you may contact the Advising Center for advising at (323) 259-1341. You can also make an appointment to talk to an adviser if you would like to do so.