Recommendations for Freshmen

Which Math Course To Choose:

The following are alternatives that most freshmen can consider. Please talk to your academic advisor about these alternatives, and be sure to read your bulletin too. If you or your advisor have questions, then please contact the Department of Mathematics.

MST 111,112,113, Calculus:

  • A standard calculus sequence.
  • See the information about AP credit

MST 107, Explorations in Mathematics:

  • An excellent non-calculus alternative.
  • Emphasis on mathematical thinking, proof, and problem-solving.
  • Topics selected by professor for their inherent beauty and interest.
  • Difficulty level roughly the same as calculus.

MST 109, Statistics:

  • An introduction to probability and random events
  • Data collection and data analysis
  • How to draw inferences from data
  • Students will analyze data from a wide range of disciplines

MST 117: Discrete Mathematics

  • Another excellent non-calculus alternative
  • Good introduction to mathematical proof
  • Important preparation for computer science
  • Good freshman course for students interested in mathematics and/or computer science, but do not want to continue with calculus yet.

Calculus Advising Information

  • AP and IB Credit
  • The right calculus course: Even if you did not earn credit through AP or IB, you might be ready to take MST 112 rather than MST 111, or MST 113 rather than MST 112. You can register for these courses without obtaining departmental or instructor’s permission. Majors, such as business, that have a calculus requirement will gladly accept and encourage the more advanced course. Contact the department if you have any questions about this.
  • Divisional Alternatives: There are many excellent alternatives for earning divisional credit. Two options that are sometimes overlooked are MST 107 and MST 117. Feel free to contact the department if you would like to know more about these alternatives.
  • Waiting Lists:
    • If you are on a waiting list then you are strongly advised to look for an alternative section or an alternative course. Even if you are one of the first people on the waiting list, there is no guarantee that you will be able to register for the course.
    • Only the instructor can give you permission to register.
    • The order that students appear on the waiting list is not necessarily the same as the order that students are admitted into the course. Preference is given to students who can demonstrate that their schedule does not allow other alternatives, and preference is given to students who need the course for major or minor purposes.
  • Other Courses:
    • MST105L is a computer-lab course which helps MST 111 students get up to speed on their precalculus skills. Talk to your MST 111 instructor about how to register.
    • MST 205 is a course covering applied multivariable mathematics. This is primarily intended for physics, chemistry, computer science, and math-business majors. Other math majors or minors should not sign up for this course.
    • MST 206 is identical to the first half of MST 205. This course is intended for computer science majors who need a brief introduction to linear algebra.
    • MST 605 is the graduate student version of MST 205. This course is intended for graduate students in other departments. Math graduate students should not take this course.