Math Placement and Prerequisites

 

The following table lists prerequisites for the lower division courses. See prerequisite map for a visualization of prerequisites in general. After the table, we give details.

Math 19 Ready for General Educatiaon Math/Quantitative Reasoning Courses    
NOTE: The Calculus Placement Exam is not required to enroll in Math 19*
Math 30P/30PL Math 19 with "C" or better OR Calculus Placement Exam
Math 30 Math 19 with "B" or better OR Calculus Placement Exam
Math 31 Math 30 with "C-" or better OR AP Calculus AB score of "3" or higher
Math 32 Math 31 with "C-" or better OR AP Calculus BC score of "3" or higher
Math 71 Math 8   OR Calculus Placement Exam
SAT Math score of 550+ (old version) or 570+ (revised score) OR ACT Math score of 23+ 

 


Lower Division Prerequisites

 

Math 30: Calculus I

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  1. A score of 80 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam.  Register for the CPE at the SJSU Testing Office.  More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/
  2. A grade of B or higher in Math 19: Precalculus or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation.  If you take Math 19 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 30 as soon as your Math 19 grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE).  If you take Precalculus at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math Office, MH 308.

 

Math 30P and 30PL: Calculus I with Pre-Calculus:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  1. A score of 70 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam. Register for the CPE at the SJSU Testing Office. More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/
  2. A grade of C or higher in Math 19: Precalculus or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation. If you take Math 19 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 30P as soon as your Math 19 grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE). If you take Precalculus at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math Office, MH 308.

 

Math 71 Calculus for Business & Aviation:

To register, satisfy 1, 2, or 3 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  1. A score of 550 (or higher) on the SAT, or a score of 23 (or higher) of higher on the ACT.
  2. A score of 55 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam.  Register for the CPE at the SJSU Testing Office. More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/.
  3. A grade of C- or higher in Math 8: College Algebra (or Math 19: Precalculus) or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation. If you take Math 8 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 71 as soon as your Math 8: College Algebra (or Math 19 Precalculus) grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE).  If you take College Algebra at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math office MH 308.

 

Math 31: Calculus II:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient. )

  1. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam. NOTE: A passing grade in a HS Calculus course is not sufficient.
  2. A grade of C- or higher in Math 30 (Calculus I), or Math 30P (Calculus I with Precalculus), or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation

Math 32: Calculus III:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.(Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  1. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam. 
  2. A grade of C- or higher in Math 31 (Calculus II) or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation.  You can register before your grade is posted, but instructors will check to make sure that the prerequisite is satisfied so be prepared to show a copy of your transcript/grade report on the first day of class. 

Math 32H: Calculus III Honors:

You must pass the AP Calculus BC exam with score 4 or higher.


Calculus Placement Exam

The Calculus Placement Exam can be used to satisfy the prerequisites for the first semester of calculus, including Math 30, Math 30P, Math 30PL and Math 71. More information,  can be found on the Calculus Placement Exam Information page.

We  discourage students who have taken or are taking Math 19 to take the CPE in order to place into a class that is higher than the class they are eligible for based on their Math 19 grade. A student's grade in Math 19 is a better indicator of Calculus preparation than the placement exam.