## Choosing the First Math Course at U.C. Berkeley

**Q: WHICH MATH COURSE SHOULD I ENROLL IN?****A:** That depends on your math background and your intended major (see below). Math 16A-16B covers much of the same basic topics as Math 1A-1B, but lacks in-depth calculus and so is less rigorous and demanding. Math 10A-10B covers calculus and discrete topics that are particularly appropriate for intended life science majors. Mathematics 32, *Precalculus*, is designed to prepare students for Mathematics 1A or 16A. Prerequisites for Math 32 is 3 years of high school mathematics.

On a side note, Math 16A-16B are referred to as a “terminal one-year calculus sequence,” because they do not prepare you to continue in math. In order to take Math 53 or 54, you must pass Math 1A-1B (or equivalent) with a letter grade of C- or better. The Math 10 series covers the calculus in the 1 series, but at a faster pace, since it also covers combinatorics and probability.**Q: DO I HAVE TO TAKE A PLACEMENT EXAM?****A:** Students do not need to take a placement exam to enroll in their first math courses.

- Please note that for Math 32, you should also have received:
*at least a score of 560 on the SAT I: Math***or***at least a score of 570 on the SAT II: Math Level I,***or***at least a score of 520 on the SAT II: Math Level II/IIC.*

For Majors In: | Enroll In: | Prerequisites: |

Physical Sciences |
Math 1A | 3 and 1/2 years of high school mathematics |

Architecture Business Administration Economics |
Math 16A | 3 years of high school mathematics including trigonometry |

Note: Business Administration & Economics majors should check the Undergraduate Announcements in those departments. | ||

Integrative Biology Life Sciences Molecular and Cell Biology |
Math 10A | 3 years of high school mathematics including trigonometry |