Calculus Courses

Notre Dame offers four levels of calculus courses. Read this page carefully so that you can select the appropriate course for your interests and goals.

A higher-level course (designated by number) can substitute for a lower-level course, but not vice versa. For instance, if your major requires MATH 10350 and MATH 10360, you can take MATH 10550 and MATH 10560 instead if you wish. If your major requires MATH 10550 and MATH 10560, you cannot take MATH 10350 and MATH 10360. This policy also applies to transfer credit and credit from AP, IB, or Notre Dame credit exams.

Click here to see the AP Exam Credit Table.

Click here to see the IB Exam Credit Table.

MATH 10250 (Elements of Calculus I) is intended for Architecture and Business students who are not interested in a second major that requires two semesters of calculus, such as Economics. Arts and Letters students with majors that do not require two semesters of calculus are also welcome to take this course. This course is not designed to prepare students for upper-level math courses.

MATH 10350 (Calculus A) and MATH 10360 (Calculus B) are intended for life science and pre-health majors and are acceptable for Economics majors. This sequence is not designed to prepare students for upper-level math courses such as MATH 20550 (Calculus III).

MATH 10550 (Calculus I) and MATH 10560 (Calculus II) are open to all students and are required for students pursuing majors in ACMS, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics. This sequence will prepare students for upper-level math courses.

MATH 10850 (Honors Calculus I) and MATH 10860 (Honors Calculus II) are open to all students with a strong background and interest in math and are required for students interested in the Honors Mathematics major. This sequence, which emphasizes the “why” of mathematics as well as the “how,” begins with a thorough introduction to mathematical reasoning and proofs.