Washington University Summer School
Information about WU's Summer School is available at the University College/Summer School Office located in January Hall, room 100 (314-935-6700.
The calculus courses (Math 131-132-233), Differential Equations (Math 217), and Elementary Probability and Statistics (Math 2200) are among the lower level courses offered at Washington University Summer School. The only upper level math course offered is Math 309 (Matrix Algebra).
Washington University students: when searching for WU Summer School mathematics courses online, look for day courses that have the mathematics department code L24 (not evening courses, for which the department code is U20). Evening University College mathematics courses usually do not match up well to our undergraduate program. They do not apply toward W.U. math major/minor requirements, and might not apply toward meeting math requirements in other majors/minors.
In particular, notice that W.U.'s University College (evening program) calculus sequence U20-155, 156, 255, 256 consists of four courses, but that the regular day school sequence covers the same material in three courses: L24-131, 132, 233. Therefore the evening and day courses do not correspond with each other. For example, the material in L24-131 (Calculus I) is contained in U20-155 (Calculus I) but also partly in U20-156 (Calculus II). This is true both during the summer and during the regular academic year.
Students from other schools: please notice the preceding paragraph about the evening calculus sequence. For any summer school course you take, whether at WUSTL or elsewhere, you should always check in advance with your home institution to be sure the course will satisfy the requirements you need. Don't just judge by the course name!
For questions about Summer School math courses at WU contact Ms. Lisa Kuehne (Cupples I, 109, 314-935-4226)
Washington University students taking summer school courses elsewhere
If approved, credit for courses from other colleges and universities, including community colleges, can transfer to WU. But no course transferred from a two-year or community college be used to fulfill an upper level requirement in math major or minor programs.
If you want to take a mathematics course at another college or university, you should print out a copy of the College's Approval for non-W.U. Course Credit form, and also find a description of the course you want to take. Often, an online description similar to those found in our Course Listings Book is enough. However, in some cases additional information might be needed. See below for comments about calculus and statistics courses (particularly Math 2200). At the end of the summer session, ask the school you attended to send a copy of your official transcript to your undergraduate office at W.U.
The material in the Washington University Calculus I-II-III courses (L24-131,132, 233) is more-or-less the standard material found in the Calculus I-II-III courses at other colleges and universities that operate on a semester system. Therefore, coordinating calculus courses taken at such schools with those offered at Washington University is usually not much of a problem. However, there will be variations from school to school on things like how technology or computer software is used, or the order in which topics are presented in certain textbooks. Matching courses at another school that operates on a quarter or trimester system may be harder.
Approval for courses to transfer as Math 2200 is done on a case by case basis. Roughly, the guidelines are that
- It should be pretty clear that the course is not just a "general education requirement" statistics course. Such courses often have no prerequisites beyond high school algebra. General education statistics courses might transfer to WU as Math 1011. Ideally, a course transferring as Math 2200 should have least Calculus I as a prerequisite.
- The course should include most of the topics from our Math 2200 course description, which reads:
An introduction to probability and statistics. Discrete and continuous random variables, mean and variance, hypothesis testing and confidence limits, nonparametric methods, Student's t, analysis of variance, regression and contingency tables
- In particular, the course description or syllabus must include at least one of the topics ANOVA (= "analysis of variance") or multiple regression (in that case, with an explicit reference in the syllabus to F-tests or F-statistics). Such summer school courses are probably out there at some schools, but the inclusion of these topics is a "stretch" for many summer school courses.
Courses comparable to Math 3200 (Elementary to Intermediate Statistics with Data Analysis) will probably be hard to find at other institutions.
Questions about courses taken elsewhere?
- Contact: Dr. Blake Thornton (Cupples I, 108A, 314-935-6301)