Most first-year students will take mathematics courses. This page outlines a few ways to identify the math courses that are most appropriate for your academic background and interests.

Step One: Review College and Major Requirements

Review the information on math in the College Requirements and Major Requirements pages to identify any specific mathematics courses required or recommended for the first year according to academic intent. 

Step Two: Consider Advanced Credit and Register for ND Math Credit or Placement Exams

Review the information on Advanced Credit and Placement, especially regarding AP Exams, IB HL Exams, ND Math Credit Exams, and ND Calculus Placement Tests. If necessary, register for a credit exam or placement test. Speak with your First Year Advisor about creating multiple plans for your mathematics course registrations and sequencing, depending upon your results from the ND Math Credit Exam. The ND Calculus Placement Test is intended for students considering a major in the College of Engineering, the College of Science, or the Computer Science, Economics, Math, Neuroscience, or Pre-Health majors in the College of Arts and Letters.

Step Three: Review the Calculus Table

After reviewing the information available on this site, confirm your choice(s) of math courses below. Notre Dame offers four levels of Calculus courses.  Review this table carefully so that you can select the appropriate course for your interests and goals. As applicable, the results from your ND Calculus Placement Test will also be part of your registration advising discussion this summer to determine whether you should register for MATH 10150 “Principles of Calculus” for the Fall semester.  “Principles of Calculus” is an introduction to calculus and prepares students for MATH 10350 “Calculus A” or Math 10550 “Calculus I.”  Note that MATH 10150 does not fulfill the University’s Core Curriculum Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Calculus Table

Student College or Major

Calculus course or sequence

Architecture and Business students who are not interested in a second major that requires two semesters of Calculus, such as Economics. This course is not designed to prepare students for upper-level math courses.

MATH 10250 “Elements of Calculus I”

Life science majors, pre-health majors, and Economics majors. This sequence is not designed to prepare students for upper-level math courses such as MATH 20550 “Calculus III.”

MATH 10350 “Calculus A” and MATH 10360 “Calculus B”

Majors in ACMS, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics. This sequence prepares students for upper-level math courses.

MATH 10550 “Calculus I” and MATH 10560 “Calculus II”

Open to all students with a strong background and interest in math; required for students interested in the Honors Mathematics major, regardless of Advanced Credit for calculus. This sequence, which emphasizes the “why” of mathematics as well as the “how,” begins with a thorough introduction to mathematical reasoning and proofs.

MATH 10850 “Honors Calculus I” and MATH 10860 “Honors Calculus II”