International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit in Mathematics
IB score of 6-7 for Math (Level HL): 3 units of credit for Calculus I (Math 131).
If the student's IB HL program included the Series and Differential Equations optional component,then the student may be able to receive additional credits for Calculus II (Math 132) in one of two ways:
- We encourage such students to take Calculus III (Math 233). If Math 233 is completed at Washington University with a grade of C+ or better, the student will retroactively receive an additional 3 units of credits for Calculus II (Math 132).
- If such a student does not plan to continue into Calculus III, he or she can petition the Math Department for a notation in the "Milestones" section of their permanent W.U. record: "Calculus III waived on recommendation of the Mathematics Department." In this case, contact Dr. Blake Thornton. The petition process will involve verification with the high school that the "Series and Differential Equations" option was included in the student's HL program.
In all cases, these students should take the Mathematics Department Calculus Placement Exam if they plan to enroll in a calculus course at Washington University.
British A-Level Credit in Mathematics
Mathematics: Students receiving Advanced Level grades of A or B will be awarded 3 units of credits for Math 131 automatically. An Advanced Level grade of C will receive 3 units credit for Math 131 after completion of Math 132 with a grade of C+ or better.
Mathematics (Further): Students receiving Advanced Level grades of A or B will be awarded 6 units of credit for Math 131 and Math 132 automatically. An Advanced Level grade of C will receive 6 units credit for Math 131 and Math 132 after successful completion of Math 233 with a grade of C+ or better (or 3 units credit form Math 131 upon completion of Math 132 with a grade of C+ or better).
Alternate Route to Calculus I, II AP Credit
Any student (with any AP, IB or other score, "advanced placement" score at all) can receive AP credit for
- Math 131 (3 units) by completing Math 132 with a grade of C+ or better
- Math 131 and 132 (total: 6 units) by completing Math 233 with a grade of C+ or better
Math 131, 132 are the only courses which can receive "retroactive AP credit," and this policy applies only when the more advanced course in the calculus sequence is taken at Washington University.
If a student takes Math 132 or 233, receives a grade less than C+, and then later retakes the course and earns a grade of C+ or better, AP credit will not be awarded for earlier courses in the calculus sequence.
If a student becomes eligible for this "retroactive" AP calculus credit, it should be awarded automatically sometime after the more advanced course is completed. If the credits do not appear in the "Other Credits" section of the student record by the end of the following semester, contact Professor Blake Thornton.
- A student's undergraduate school (Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Business, Architecture, Art) may place a limit on the total number of AP or other prematriculation credits allowed.
- A student may not receive AP credit if s/he has already received credit for the same or similar course.
Example: If a student has credit already (however obtained) for "Calculus I," she can't again receive additional credits for "Math 131" by completing Math 132.