Math Course Selection
What courses are open to first-year students?
First-year students have several options for their first math course at Middlebury. Depending on prior preparation, academic interests, and other goals, most students choose a course from the following list:
INTD/MATH 0100 A World of Mathematics (Fall)
MATH/EDST 0109 Mathematics for Teachers (Spring)
MATH 0116 Introduction to Statistical Science (Spring)
MATH 0121 Calculus I (Fall, Spring)
MATH 0122 Calculus II (Fall, Spring)
MATH 0200 Linear Algebra (Fall, Spring)
MATH 0223 Multivariable Calculus (Fall, Spring)
MATH 0225 Topics in Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (Fall)
MATH 0241 Elementary Number Theory (Fall)
• Students who have not taken calculus and have a solid foundation in precalculus
often start with MATH 0121 or MATH 0116. Depending on prior course work and other factors (for example, AP exams, IB program, A-levels), students who have taken calculus in high school
usually start with MATH 0122, or MATH 0200.
• INTD/MATH 0100 is appropriate for students who will want (or need) to take calculus or statistics at some point, but who would benefit from an opportunity to firm up their mathematical foundation. It is a particularly good choice for students who took precalculus (or equivalent) in high school but do not feel confident about the concepts and/or methods (including algebra), or who have not taken precalculus. (Any such students who plan to take calculus at Middlebury should consider taking precalculus over the summer.)
Why take mathematics during your first year?
To keep math concepts, skills, and "ways of thinking" fresh, students are encouraged to continue with mathematics. After a gap of over a year in coursework, it is significantly more challenging to succeed in math and other quantitative-based courses. Since many of Middebury's Majors, Minors, and other Academic Programs have a quantitative course requirement, taking math in the first year is often a very practical choice.