College of Science
Department Office: 233 John Widtsoe Building
Mailing Address: 155 S. 1400 E. Rm 233, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0090
Web Address: www.math.utah.edu
Department Chair: Peter Trapa, Ph.D.
Associate Chair: Nat Smale, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair: Kelly MacArthur, M.S.
Undergraduate Advisor: email@example.com
Graduate Advisor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Placement and Prerequisites
Initial placement in mathematics at the University of Utah is made on the basis of the student’s Accuplacer (math placement exam) score, ACT math score, SAT math score, AP calculus score, or other college transfer classes. ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer test scores expire after two years as prerequisites for math courses.
Students in majors with no special math requirement will typically take courses in the Math 980 - Math 1030 sequence in order to fill the QA general education math requirement. Students in majors requiring Math 1050, Math 1090, or further math classes will take courses in the Math 980 - Math 1010 - (Math 1050 and 1060) or Math 1090 or Math 1080 - Calculus sequence. All students should speak with an academic advisor to be sure that they are sequencing their math courses correctly.
6 credit hours are awarded for a Calculus AB exam score of 3, 4 or 5 or a Calculus BC exam score of 3 or 4. A Calculus BC exam score of 5 awards 8 credits.
Math placement by AP test score:
Students with AP Calculus scores that are more than two years old should see the mathematics undergraduate advisor regarding math placement.
Students who begin in MATH 1260 may not receive credit for MATH 1220 or MATH 1250 .
MATH 1250 -MATH 1260 covers in two semesters roughly the same material covered by MATH 1210 -MATH 1220 -MATH 2210 in three semesters. The MATH 1250 -MATH 1260 sequence also covers the material in a more in-depth and theoretical manner.
These AP placement guidelines are for the math department. If you are majoring in something other than mathematics, or are pursuing a double major, please check with your departmental advisor to determine which class you should take.
Math placement by ACT/SAT score:
Important note: In the table below, “Old SAT” score refers to pre-March 2016 SAT scores, and “New SAT” score refers to SAT scores from March 2016 going forward. ACT/SAT test scores expire after two years as math prerequisites.
ACT math score 17 or lower
New SAT math score 460 or lower
Old SAT math score 420 or lower
|MATH 980/MATH 990
ACT math score 18 - 22
New SAT math score 470 - 560
Old SAT math score 430 - 530
ACT math score 19 or higher
New SAT math score 500 or higher
Old SAT math score 460 or higher
ACT math score 22 or higher
New SAT math score 550 or higher
Old SAT math score 520 or higher
|MATH 1040 or MATH 1070
ACT math score 23 - 27
New SAT math score 570 - 640
Old SAT math score 540 - 620
MATH 1050 or MATH 1090
ACT math score 24 - 27
New SAT math score 580 - 640
Old SAT math score 560 - 620
|MATH 1080 (or MATH 4010 if your major requires this)
ACT math score 28 or higher
New SAT math score 650 or higher
Old SAT math score 630 or higher
|MATH 1100 or MATH 1210 or MATH 1310
Math placement by Accuplacer score:
There are three Accuplacer exam scores: Arithmetic (AR), Elementary Algebra (EA) and College Level Math (CLM).
The Accuplacer math placement exam is available at the Testing Center and can be taken again, for a fee, if a student wishes to challenge the initial placement for any reason.
Transfer students and students resuming the study of mathematics after an interval of two years or more may be required to take appropriate placement tests. Consult the department for details.
Prerequisites for math courses must be strictly observed, and a grade of at least a C or higher in prerequisite courses (or passing score through the Accuplacer exam) is required. Math course(s) for which a student has preregistered but did not achieve an appropriate grade in the prerequisite course(s) will be dropped from his/her schedule.
Students who score 50 or higher on the College Algebra CLEP exam will have the QA requirement waived. Students who score 50 or higher on the Calculus CLEP exam will have both the QA and QB requirement waived.
Please see the Applied Mathematics B.S., H.B.S, Mathematics B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Mathematics Teaching B.A., B.S., H.B.A., H.B.S., Minor, and Teaching Minor listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
To become a mathematics major one must have an interest in and talent for mathematics. There are no special departmental admission requirements. Mathematics majors must earn a grade of C or better in all required mathematics courses. Mathematics Teaching majors must earn a grade of C+ or better in all required mathematics courses.
Mathematics majors take Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Foundations of Analysis. Students (other than teaching majors) then choose, in consultation with the departmental advisor or a departmental mentor, elective courses in mathematics. The allowed choices depend on the emphasis chosen. Please see the links below for detailed information on the requirements/electives for each program.
Allied course requirements are typically physics and computing courses. Majors whose emphasis is statistics replace the physics/computing requirement with two approved courses offered by other departments.
There are additional requirements for this degree. Please see the program pages for more information.
Combined BS/MS Program
Undergraduate math majors who would like to be admitted to the combined BS/MS program must apply during their junior year. To be eligible for the program a student must have maintained a 3.5 GPA overall and in their major (which must be mathematics), and indications must be that the student will successfully satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within two years after beginning the program. Interested students must apply to the department’s graduate program and submit a detailed program of study that has been prepared with the help of the student’s advisor(s). Students must also submit a graduate application to the admissions office. Students wishing to participate in this program are strongly encouraged to participate in research early in their program of study. Transfer students may be considered for the program only after completing 24 hours of coursework at the University of Utah. For more information please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.
Please see the Mathematics M.A., M.S., M.Stat., and Ph.D. and Mathematics (Teaching) M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.
Areas of Specialization
There are additional admission requirements for these degrees. Please see the program pages for more information.
Program and Course Offerings