The Undergraduate Program

These pages describe our undergraduate program in Mathematics.


Other opportunities for involvement with mathematics are

  • MUSA, the Mathematics Undergraduate Student Association;
  • WIM, a network of undergraduate Women In Math at Cal;
  • The Putnam Competition, a nationwide mathematics competition.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Exam

The Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Exam is typically given the Wednesday of the first week of instruction of each semester. Given the remote nature of the start of the Spring 2021 semester, the department is looking at its options for offering the exam remotely on Wednesday, January 20. At this time, if you are not on the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or earlier degree list (eg, Fall 2020), you should not plan to take the exam at the start of Spring 2021. If you are on the Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or earlier degree list and need to take the QR Exam in order to graduate, please complete this google form before Monday, January 18. The department will then keep you in the loop about when and how you can take the exam. Students on later degree lists should refer back to this website in the summer for information about Fall 2021 options to take the exam.

Receipt of a minimum score of 26 (out of 60) on this exam will fulfill the QR requirement of the College of Letters & Science. This multiple-choice exam covers precalculus topics ranging from rational expressions, exponents & radicals, linear equations, inequalities, absolute values, polynomials, functions, trigonometry, geometry, to logarithmic & exponential functions. To download PDF files of a sample question set and solutions, click on the corresponding links at the bottom of this page. Additionally, two Math Department faculty members recently created some materials that you might find helpful as you prepare to take the exam. To gain access to their pre-calc prep videos and worksheets, self-enroll into this bcourse site. These materials are from a 3 week summer course which covered most of those topics on the QR but the department is making the materials available to anyone interested in them. 

For additional information on the College of Letters & Science Quantitative Reasoning requirement visit


Undergraduate Calendar

Our undergraduate calendar shows important dates in the coming semester for undergraduate students.


Undergraduate Math & Applied Math Major Mailing List

Any undergraduate student majoring or intending to major in Math or Applied Math may apply for mailing list membership by sending an empty message to undergrads+subscribe [at] math [dot] berkeley [dot] edu from their bMail account.