First Year Courses
Entry-Level Mathematics Courses
Admission to Memorial does not grant automatic access to first year Mathematics and Statistics courses. All of our entry-level math & stat courses have prerequisite requirements which must be met. If you plan to pursue a program that requires Calculus then you should do the 'advanced' (upper level) stream of mathematics in high school which includes a rigorous treatment of algebra, functions, and trigonometry.
- Mathematics 1000 Calculus I - aimed at students who have a solid understanding of high school advanced math, and are fluent in algebra, trigonometry, and advanced functions.
- Mathematics 1090 Algebra and Trigonometry - aimed at students who completed grade 12 advanced math but who need to increase their proficiency. Students who did extremely well in academic math may also find this course a useful pathway to calculus.
- Math 109A and 109B Intro Algebra and Trig - aimed at students who did well in grade 12 academic math, and who have the potential to master the math 1090 concepts if covered at a slower pace.
- Mathematics 1050 & 1051 Finite Mathematics I & II - aimed at students with grade 12 academic math, and who do not need to take calculus.
- Upgrading to access first year math courses. (Downloadable .pdf here.)
In general, grade 12 high school courses are necessary but not sufficient for entry level math courses at Memorial. Students also need a result from a test or course that is recognized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for determining student prerequisite knowledge. The specific tests and/or courses recognized are listed below.
Mathematics prerequisite test scores recognized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial:
- Math Placement Test - Administered at the start of the fall, winter, and spring semesters.
- Mathematics 3200 or 3201 - Available to students in Newfoundland and Labrador
- College Board Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 (SATM1) - Suggested for international students as it may be written before you come to Canada.
- IB Mathematics SL or HL - Students must ensure that results are submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
- Cambridge or EdExcel A or AS Level Examinations - Students must ensure that results are submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
Course descriptions and prerequisite requirements:
MATH 1000 is a standard differential calculus course, taught using James Stewart's book as a model, with early transcendentals. To qualify for this course, you must have grade 12 advanced mathematics (as assessed by the Office of the Registrar).
Newfoundland and Labrador students are required to have Math 3200, with a grade ≥ 75%, or Math 3200 with a grade ≥ 50% and MPT score ≥ 75%. National and International students are required to score 700 on the SATMI, or 75% on the MPT, or may have a sufficient score on an internationally recognized standardized test acceptable to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Memorial.
|MATH 3200 grade ≥ 75%|
|MATH 3200 grade ≥ 50% and MPT ≥ 75%|
|SATMI ≥ 700 and grade 12 advanced math*|
|MPT ≥ 75% and grade 12 advanced math*|
|IB Mathematics SL ≥ 4|
|Cambridge or EdExcel AS Mathematics ≥ C|
|MATH 1090 credit|
*When you are admitted to MUN, the Office of the Registrar will assess your high school mathematics as either 'advanced' or 'academic'. A strong precalculus course with emphasis on algebra and trigonometry should be assessed as 'advanced'. This is typically the senior level high school math aimed at students who plan to study science or engineering at university. If you haven't done such a course, then you cannot register for math 1000. Math 1090 is equivalent to a high school advanced math course.
Course description: MATH 1000
Entry flowchart: Entry to Calculus at MUN
MATH 1090 is a precalculus course, similar to a grade 12 advanced/university stream mathematics course . The purpose of MATH 1090 is to provide a pathway to MATH 1000 for students who did not master advanced mathematics in high school.
To qualify for this course, you must have grade 12 academic or advanced mathematics and either an academic math 3201 score ≥ 75% (applicable to NL students only), or an advanced math 3200 score ≥ 50% (applicable to NL students only), or an MPT score ≥ 55% (applicable to non-NL students only), or a sufficient score on an internationally recognized standardized test acceptable to the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Memorial.
Beginning May 9th, 2017, Math 3201 students will no longer be permitted to write the MPT. Your Math 3201 score will be used to assess your prerequisite knowledge.
Meet one of these conditions to take MATH 1090
|Math 3200 grade ≥ 50|
|Math 3201 grade ≥ 75|
|Grade 12 academic or advanced math, and SATMI ≥ 600|
|Grade 12 academic or advanced math (non-NL), and MPT ≥ 55|
|Cambridge or EdExcel AS Mathematics ≥ D|
Course description: MATH 1090
Flowchart: Entry to Calculus at MUN
MATH 109A/B is a sequence of two linked courses which together are equivalent to MATH 1090. This course covers the same material as MATH 1090, but at a much slower pace. Math 109A is offered in fall, and 109B in winter. Students who gain credit for MATH 109B will be able to register for MATH 1000.
MATH 109A/B is currently restricted to students who have completed academic math 3201 in high school, with a grade in the range 65% - 74%, inclusive. Non-NL students who score between 50% and 55% on the MPT may appeal to the Program Officer in Mathematics & Statistics at firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to register for MATH 109A.
MATH 1050 and 1051 are courses which introduce students to a variety of topics in discrete mathematics. They are not connected in any way to MATH 1090 or 1000, and do NOT act as prerequisites for entry to 1090 or 1000. Students must have grade 12 academic or advanced math and either an academic math 3201 score ≥ 50% (NL students only), or an MPT score ≥ 50% (non-NL students only) to register for 1050 or 1051. These courses can be taken in either order, or concurrently. Students with IB or Cambridge/EdExcel AS level results may email email@example.com to ask about entry to these courses.
If you want to take a program which requires MATH 1000, and you do not meet the prerequisite requirements for MATH 1090 or MATH 109A/B at Memorial University, this information may be of interest to you. Successful completion of some of these options will allow a student to re-write the MPT, or in some cases may grant direct access to MATH 1090 or MATH 1000 without an MPT score.
All of the organizations discussed below are external to Memorial University and are not affiliated with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial. If you enroll in an external course to upgrade your high school mathematics, and you need a local contact for the purpose of the administration of a test, you may contact Tara Stuckless, (709) 864-8914, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Some Options to Consider:
Students without the required background to qualify for first-year Mathematics courses at Memorial should consider completing their first year of studies at the College of the North Atlantic (http://www.cna.nl.ca/). The College offers courses which are equivalent to MATH 1090 and MATH 1000, and these credits will count towards degree requirements if the student opts to transfer to Memorial University.
Math 30-1 Pre-Calculus
Math 30-1 is recognized by Memorial as a grade 12 advanced math course for the purpose of granting access to the calculus stream of courses. On completion, students qualify for direct entry to MATH 1090, and may write the MPT for entry to MATH 1000. For more information, and to register, visit http://www.adlc.ca/ . The ADLC administers its own placement diagnostic to determine where in the Alberta high school curriculum a student under the age of 20 may begin their study. Older students are not subject to prerequisite requirements.
Students who upgrade their mathematics skills on their own - through a personal tutor, free online course, or some other means - can write the SATMI test administered by the College Board in order to gain access to MATH 1090 or MATH 1000. For more information, visit the SAT Subject Tests web site at http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-subject-tests .
The College Board is not affiliated with Memorial, and the subject tests are not facilitated by the Department of Mathematics. Students wishing to write this test must make their own arrangements. You must ensure that your SATMI score is submitted to the Registrar's Office in time to be processed and entered into your record in time for the start of the semester.
Math 0863 is a non-credit course offered by the University of New Brunswick. It is designed to prepare students for entry to calculus at the university level. This course does not transfer for credit to Memorial, but it will count as "advanced math" for the purpose of meeting the prerequisite requirement for first year math courses at MUN. On completion, students may enter MATH 1090, or write the MPT to qualify for entry to MATH 1000.
Virtual High School (VHS) or TVO ILC
MHF4U – Advanced Functions
Memorial University recognizes MHF4U as an advanced math course for the purpose of granting access to the calculus stream of courses. On completion, students qualify for direct entry to MATH 1090, and may write the MPT for entry to MATH 1000. TVO ILC and the Virtual High School are accredited schools in Ontario, which offer courses from the Ontario provincial curriculum. For more information visit http://www.virtualhighschool.com or https://www.ilc.org/.