# Mathematics for the CALS Student

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## Overview

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have the following options for completing the quantitative literacy requirement:

- Earn a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus exam or a score of 5 on the AP Statistics exam.
- Transfer an approved calculus or statistics course with a C or better.
- Take an approved 3- or 4-credit math or statistics course at Cornell.

## Cornell Placement Exams

Cornell placement exams are offered during orientation in August and January and are recommended for: (1) students who have had at least a semester of calculus but did not take a placement exam; (2) students who believe their placement is incorrect; (3) students who are uncertain of their grasp of the material. Students may use the higher of two placement recommendations. A failing score is not recorded on the student’s record.

See Advanced Placement for Calculus for more information.

## Transfer Credit

The Mathematics Department will award transfer credit for an introductory statistics course only if it is offered by a mathematics or statistics department and is a satisfactory equivalent to MATH 1710. (See Transferring Credit from another institution for instructions.) If the course is offered by a social science department (such as psychology or sociology), it must be approved by the corresponding social science department at Cornell.

## Cornell Math Courses

Any 3- or 4-credit course offered by the Mathematics Department except MATH 1890 may be used. The following courses are particularly good options for CALS students:

- MATH 1105 - Finite Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences
- MATH 1106 - Modeling Calculus for the Life Sciences
- MATH 1110 - Calculus I
- MATH 1710 - Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World
- MATH 2310 - Linear Algebra with Applications

Students who plan to take more than one semester of calculus should take MATH 1110 rather than MATH 1106.

## Summer Session

Students who find mathematics to be especially challenging may benefit from taking a course during summer session, when attention can be focused on a single course. Options include MATH 1110, 1910, and 1920 during the 6-week session.