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Transfer and AP Credit and Study Abroad


Receiving credit and exemption for Calculus I (Math 131)

Any student who earns a score of 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Calculus AB Test will automatically receive 4 credits and exemption from Calculus I (Math 131) as soon as the registrar receives the exam report from the College Board.

A student who has taken calculus in high school and thoroughly mastered the material on differentiation might consider beginning his or her UMass career with Math 132.  Students should be aware, however, that Math 132 is a challenging course and should discuss this option first with an advisor.  By passing Math 132 with a grade of C or better the first time it is taken, the student will earn the 4 credits for Math 131 (unless they have already received credit for another Calculus I class).  To receive this credit, the student should contact the Mathematics Advising Office after receiving a grade in Math 132.

Note that if you choose to take the credits for Math 131, you cannot also take Math 131 for credit at UMass.


Receiving credit and exemption for Calculus I and II (Math 131 and 132)

Any student who earns a score of 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Calculus BC Test will automatically receive 8 credits and exemption from Calculus I and II (Math 131 and 132) as soon as the registrar receives the exam report from the College Board.

Students entering UMass in Fall 2017 and later should contact Eric Sommers if they feel ready to begin their studies with Math 233 and do not have transfer or AP credit for Math 132.  Students taking A levels should begin their career with Math 132, while students taking IB with Higher Level math(s) with Option 9 (Calculus) who scored 6 or higher can consider beginning with Math 233.  In either case, a C or higher must be earned to receive credit for the precursor course(s).

Note that if you choose to take the credits for Math 131 and 132, you cannot take either Math 131 or Math 132 for credit at UMass.


Transfer Credit

  • Approval of Courses To Be Taken at Other Universities:  Current students wishing to take a course during the summer months or while on leave from the University at another college or university must complete the Prior Approval form before they enroll in the course and then bring the form to the Mathematics Advising Office.

  • Approval of Courses Taken Before Entering the University:  If you are a new student or a transfer student and have taken a math or statistics course elsewhere for which you wish to receive University credit, first make sure the course has transferred over to UMass.  Then, to have it assigned to a specific UMass course, please contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor and bring along your course syllabus and, if possible, a copy of the course's final exam.

  • Study Abroad Course Approval:   Students planning to study abroad will need to have courses pre-approved.  The Internation Programs Office will help you get started and then the Chief Undergraduate Officer will assist you in filling out the International Course Approval Form (ICAF).