First Year Courses


Admission to MATH Courses in Fall 2022:

Students will be admitted to math courses based on requirements set in the course criteria chart:    If you don't have grade 12 academic math (or equivalent) then you will not be admitted to a math course.  In that case, you should consider a program that doesn't require math, or upgrade your secondary school math (see below).



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 prerequisite test scores recognized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Memorial:

  1. Math Placement Test - Administered at the start of the fall, winter, and spring semesters.

  2. Mathematics 3200 or 3201 - Available to students in Newfoundland and Labrador

  3. College Board Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 (SATM1) (No longer offered.)

  4. IB Mathematics SL or HL - Students must ensure that results are submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

  5. 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 Calculus I

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.

Meet one of these conditions to take MATH 1000

 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 pre-calculus 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


Mathematics 1090 Algebra and Trigonometry 

MATH 1090 is a pre-calculus 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: 1) an academic math 3201 score ≥ 75% (applicable to NL students only), or 2) an advanced math 3200 score ≥ 50% (applicable to NL students only), or 3) a Math Placement Test score ≥ 55% (applicable to non-NL students only), or 4) 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

 **MPT is being phased back following the pandemic.  Registrants in the 2022-2023 academic year with "advanced math" will not be required to take the MPT to take Math 1090.  See the Course Criteria Chart for entry requirements:

Course description:  MATH 1090


MATH 109A/B Intro to Algebra and Trig

[Canceled for the 2023-24 academic year.] 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 for permission to register for MATH 109A.


MATH 1050 and 1051 Finite Mathematics

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 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 to ask about entry to these courses.

Course description:  MATH 1050, MATH 1051


Upgrading to Access First Year Math 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 , 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, .

Some Options to Consider:

College of the North Atlantic (CNA)



MA1700 is similar to Math 1090, but has different entrance requirements, and increased support. MA1700 currently transfers to Memorial as MATH 1090. Enrollment may be limited. Contact CNA for information. The equivalence of this course to MATH 1090 is reviewed periodically. To ensure you will receive credit upon completion you must submit a request for permission to take courses at another institution.

Transfer Year

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 ( 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.

Discovery Centre

Math 3201 (Equivalent Course)

At the Discovery Centre you can upgrade for one or multiple subject/skill areas to improve your marks for college or university enrollment minimums. All academic Math, Science and English subjects are available. The preferred advanced math is not available from the Discovery Centre. Grade 12 academic math will meet minimum requirements for entry to Memorial, but only an excellent mark in grade 12 academic math will allow a student to enter the Calculus stream. If you choose this option you need to aim to fully master the course and achieve at least 75%.


MATH 0863 Pre-calculus

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 Math Placement Test 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 or