Math Placement
First year students without AP calculus credit or previous college mathematics credits will place into one or more of the following mathematics courses:
 UCOR 1200 Mathematical Reasoning and Its Applications (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1020 Functions and Algebraic Methods (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1120 College Algebra for Business (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1130 Calculus for Business (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1230 Calculus for Life Sciences (Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1321 Precalculus: Algebra (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1322 Precalculus: Trigonometry (Fall, Winter, Spring)
 MATH 1334 Calculus I (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Placement depends upon the student's intended major as well as eligibility criteria. To be eligible to enroll in a course listed in the left hand column, a student must meet at least one of the three criteria in the corresponding row.
Math Course 
SAT score 
ACT score 
S.U. Placement Score 
MATH 1020

450530 
1822 
Algebra score 414 
MATH 1322 MATH 1130 
620800 
2736 
Algebra score 2330 
MATH 1230 
620800 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 4 
2736 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 4 
Algebra score 2330 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 4 
MATH 1334 
640800 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 6 
2836 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 6 
Algebra score 2530 and either MATH 1322* or Trig. score 6 
(* MATH 1322 may be taken concurrently with MATH 1230 or MATH 1334)
A student who places into a mathematics course may opt to take a course with a lower number, but will not be allowed to take a course higher than placed. However, students who do not feel that their SAT or ACT score accurately represents their mathematical knowledge may request to take the Seattle University Mathematics Placement Exam to demonstrate this knowledge. To take the Placement Exam, the student should call the Mathematics Department at 2062965930 to request an online appointment. You may take the placement anywhere using a computer with a reliable
connection to the internet. Both exams have a time limitation, but are
not proctored.
The Mathematics Department Placement Exam has two parts, you may take one or both parts, depending upon your situation. 30 points on algebra (60 minutes) and 9 points on trigonometry (30 minutes). The two parts of the exam are scored separately, so that a perfect score would be 30 T 9, or on Datatel, the score would appear as 3009, the last digit being the trigonometry score. No calculators are allowed during the multiple choice exam.
MATH 1322 (Precalculus: Trigonometry) is a corequisite for both MATH 1334 and 1230, if a student has not been exempted by the departmental Placement Exam. Because the SAT and ACT exams do not cover trigonometry topics, students scheduled to take MATH 1334 (Calculus I) or MATH 1230 (Calculus for the Life Sciences) will be required to take a trigonometry exam on the first day of class if they have not already taken the Mathematics Department Placement Exam. If a student does not receive a sufficiently high score on the exam, he or she will be required to enroll concurrently in MATH 1322 (Precalculus: trigonometry), which is a 2 credit course. Therefore, if a student is going to be enrolled in MATH 1334 or 1230 and does not wish to take this additional course, he or she should review trigonometry before the beginning of the quarter. A student may also call the Mathematics Department (2965930) to take the trigonometry placement exam during preregistration, to determine whether or not enrollment in MATH 1322 is required.
A student who has taken the AP Calculus Exam (AB or BC), and has a score of 3 or better may receive credit for one or more calculus courses. Contact the Office of the Registrar or the Mathematics Department for more information.
Course Flow Chart
The following download is a flow chart which represents the prerequisite structure for Mathematics Courses. Courses above are prerequisite to courses below as indicated by flowlines and comments. Each course is offered in the listed quarters each year, unless marked "odd years" or "even years".
First year students without AP calculus credit or previous college mathematics credits, please refer to the information on placement.
Download Prerequisite Course Structure Diagram
AP Placement
A student who has taken the AP Calculus Exam (AB or BC), and has a score of 3 or better may receive credit for one or more calculus courses. Guidelines are given below. Contact the Office of the Registrar or the Mathematics Department for more information.
Advanced Placement AB Calculus Exam:
Score: 
Credit Granted: 
3 Credit 
MATH 1130 (Calculus for Business) or MATH 1230 (Calculus for Life Sciences) 
4 Credit 
MATH 1334 (Calculus I) 
5 Credit 
MATH 1334 (Calculus I), and MATH 1335 (Calculus II) 
Advanced Placement BC Calculus Exam:
Score: 
Credit Granted: 
3 Credit 
MATH 1334 (Calculus I) 
4 Credit 
MATH 1334 (Calculus I), MATH 1335 (Calculus II) 
5 Credit 
MATH 1334 (Calculus I), MATH 1335 (Calculus II), and possibly MATH 1336 (Calculus III)* 
* Credit for MATH 1336 may be granted after consultation with the Mathematics Department Chair.