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Transfer and AP Credit and Study Abroad

Receiving credit and exemption for Calculus I (Math 131)

A student who earns a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam (or the AB part of the BC Exam) 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.   Certain A level and IB exams may also earn the 4 credits for Math 131.

Starting in Fall 2021, students needing to take Math 131 who do not have transfer credit for Math 131 or one of the exams above (AP, IB, or A-level) should begin their calculus studies with Math 131.  We are currently developing an option that may allow qualified students to take an exam to satisfy Math 131 requirements and prerequisites.

For students who completed Math 132 prior to Fall 2021 and earned a grade of C or better on the first try, the 4 credits for Math 131 will be awarded (unless they have already received credit for another Calculus I class).  To receive this credit, the student will need to email Jacob Lagerstrom after receiving the final grade in Math 132. 

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

A student who earns a score of 4 or 5 on the 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.

A student who takes the IB exam with Higher Level Math(s) with Option 9 (Calculus) and scores a 6 or higher should begin mathematics coursework with Math 233.  Please send the Mathematics Advising Office an official copy of your IB scores in order to gain admission to Math 233 and to earn credit for Math 132.

Students taking A levels cannot jump to Math 233 and should begin their math coursework with Math 132 (see above). 

In summary, the only ways to earn credit for Math 132 are the following: take Math 132 at UMass or an approved transfer course at another college or university that covers both integration and series; take the BC exam and earn a 4 or 5; or take the IB exam with Higher Math & Option Calculus and earn a 6 or higher.

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 email the Chief Undergraduate Advisor a link to the course syllabus and send, 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 Advsior, Matthew Dobson, will assist you in filling out the International Course Approval Form (ICAF).

Approved Transfer Courses

Math 132.  Generally, any second course in calculus that is for engineers and math majors, that covers techniques of integration (integration by parts, trig substitution, etc), and that fully covers infinite series (including convergence questions, power series and their convergence, Taylor series) is likely to be approved.    The following courses in MA have already been approved:

Berkshire Cmty College MAT 152
Bristol Cmty College MTH 215
Bunker Hill Cmty College MAT 282
Cape Cod Cmty College MAT 250
Greenfield Cmty College MAT 202
Holyoke Cmty College MTH 114
Massachusetts Bay Cmty College MAT 201
Massasoit Cmty College MATH 222
Middlesex Cmty College (in Mass) MAT 291
Mount Wachusett Cmty College MAT 212
North Shore Cmty College MAT 252
Northern Essex Cmty College MAT 252
Quincy College MAT 206
Quinsigamond Community College MAT 234
Roxbury Cmty College MAT 203 *and* 204
Springfield Tech Cmty College MAT 132
Bridgewater State College MATH 162
Framingham State College MATH 220
Salem State College MAT 221
Univ Mass Boston MATH 141
Univ Mass Dartmouth MATH 152 or 154
Univ Mass Lowell MATH 1320
Westfield State University MATH 106
Worcester State University MA 201