Course Placement Information

A student may receive credit for specific UCSB mathematics courses by having taken the qualifying exams in Mathematics stated below.

Advanced Placement Test Credit


Calculus AB and Subscore:

Score of 1= No unit credit; must take CPT to determine placement
Score of 2= No unit credit; placement into Math 3A without taking CPT
Score of 3, 4, or 5 = 4 units of credit applied to Math 3A; placement into Math 3B

Calculus BC Test and Subscore:

Score of 1= No unit credit; must take CPT to determine placement
Score of 2= No unit credit; placement into Math 3A without taking CPT
Score of 3,4 or 5= 8 units of credit applied to Math 3AB; placement into Math 4A

International Baccalureate Exam Credit


Higher Level Mathematics

Score of 5,6 or 7= 8 units of credit applied to Math 3AB; placement into Math 4A

Cambridge International A Level Exam Credit


Mathematics Exam

Grade of A,B or C= 8 units of credit applied to Math 3AB; placement into Math 4A

Mathematics Further Exam

Grade of A,B or C= 4 units of credit applied to Math 4A; placement into Math 4B

Calculus Placement Test (CPT)

Please note: The CPT is not Required for students who intend to take Math 34A*
This 90-minute exam is for students intending to take the math 3 series (please see list below for majors that require this series). The CPT tests a student's knowledge of those parts of algebra and trigonometry that are essential for calculus. There is no fee for this exam and pre-registration is not required. Listed below are the minimum scores required for enrolling in calculus (Math 3A) course at UCSB:



Math 3A A minimum score of 32 is on the CPT is required. This is the first in a two-course sequence that is a pre-requisite for more advanced lower division and upper division mathematics courses (4AB & 6AB).


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*What is the difference between the Calculus 3 series and the 34 series? Math 34AB is a terminal series designed for students whose majors require a basic understanding of calculus and its applications in the social and biological sciences. Math 3AB is for students in the physical sciences and engineering, or for those who wish to study calculus beyond the first year. It is followed by Math 4AB and Math 6AB.

Majors that require the Math 3 series
Majors that accept the 34 series
College of Letters and Science
College of Letters and Science
BS BioChemistry-Molecular Biology
BA Chemistry
BS BioChemistry
BS Chemistry-
Cooperative Program in Chem & Chem Engineering
BA Economics/Mathematics
BS Environmental Studies
BS Financial Mathematics and Statistics
BS Hydrologic Sciences (E.S. Major)
BS Physical Geography
BA Geological Sciences
BS Geological Sciences
BS Geological Sciences-Earth Systems
BS Geophysics
BA Mathematics
BS Mathematics
BS Mathematical Sciences
BS Physics
BA Physics
BA Statistical Sciences
BS Statistical Sciences
BS Aquatic Biology
BA Biological Sciences
BS Biological Sciences
BS Cell and Developmental Bio.
BS Ecology and Evolution
BA Economics
BA Economics/Accounting BS Microbiology
BS Pharmacology
BS Physiology
BS Zoology
BA Environmental Studies
BS Geological Sciences-Paleobiology
BA Geological Sciences-Sci Ed Emphasis
BA Psychology
BS BioPsychology
College of Engineering
College of Engineering
BS Chemical Engineering
BS Computer Engineering
BS Computer Science
BS Electrical Engreering
BS Mechanical Engreering
 
College of Creative Studies
College of Creative Studies
 
Math and Science Programs