Mathematics for the CALS Student

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

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.

Calculus Placement Exams Offered at Cornell During Fall 2017 Orientation
TestTime and PlaceDetails
Mathematics Department
AP Exam
August 20 (Sunday)
10:15 a.m.
228 Malott Hall
(Bache Aud.)
An optional placement exam for non-engineering majors seeking credit for Calculus I (MATH 1110) and/or Calculus II (MATH 1120). Advance registration is not necessary. Bring several pencils. No make-up exam will be given. There is no placement exam for linear algebra. Students seeking credit for multivariable calculus should take the Engineering Math Advanced Standing Exam instead of this exam.
Engineering Math Advanced Standing Exam August 20 (Sunday)
10:15 a.m.
155 Olin Hall
An optional placement exam for any student seeking credit for MATH 1910 and/or MATH 1920, including Engineering freshmen and transfer students. There is no placement exam for MATH 2930 (differential equations) or MATH 2940 (linear algebra).

Transfer Credit

The Mathematics Department will award transfer credit for an introductory statistics course only if it is a satisfactory equivalent to MATH 1710 offered by a mathematics or statistics department.  (See Transfer Credit 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. Students who plan to take more than one semester of calculus should take MATH 1110 rather than MATH 1106.

Cornell 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.