Office of the Registrar

Guide to First Year Mathematics

Note: Anyone, including first-year students, considering a major, minor, or concentration in Mathematics should consult with a mathematics advisor each term before they register.  Please see Dr. Jeter in office C208C of the science building.  You may also reach him by phone at 556-3069 or by email at  Mathematics majors should take either the Analysis sequence or the Calculus sequence.  Moreover, it is important to begin these sequences in the Fall Term of the freshman year.  Some programs require or need their majors to have completed certain mathematics courses by a particular time in their student's academic career.  Students should carefully review any such expectations and complete the appropriate mathematics courses on schedule.

Note: Most mathematics courses, by the nature of the discipline, have prerequisites.  Please do not attempt to enroll in a mathematics course for which you do not have the prerequisites.  Credit will not be allowed for any course that taken after the successful completion of another course for which the first course was a prerequisite. To see if you qualify for an exception to this policy, please contact Dr. Jeter.


THE ANALYSIS SEQUENCE (Illinois Wesleyan’s premier Calculus Sequence)

Students who have done well in high school calculus, including those who have successfully completed AB or BC  Advanced Placement Calculus, should take Analysis I, Math 165, in the Fall Term.  Those wanting a complete calculus sequence should continue with Analysis II, Math 166, in the Spring Term, and then Analysis III, Math 267 in the fall term of their sophomore year. Please notice that Analysis I and Analysis III are offered only in the fall terms while Analysis II is offered only in the spring terms.  The Analysis sequence is a three course sequence.  It is for all majors, including Mathematics.  This is the sequence we recommend for Mathematics majors.


Students who want or need to take calculus, do not fall into the category above, and wish to take traditional calculus should begin their Illinois Wesleyan calculus in Calculus I, Math 161 in the Fall Term.  Those needing more than one term of calculus should continue to Calculus II, Math 162 the following term.  Those who need or wish to complete the calculus sequence must continue on to Calculus III and IV, Math 263-264.  Calculus I is a strict prerequisite for Calculus II. In particular, students are NOT allowed to place into Calculus II via high school calculus credit. Those with AP calculus credit will not be allowed to enroll in Calculus II, III, or IV.  Instead, they should enroll in Analysis I in the Fall Term.  Students planning to take Analysis II, III or Calculus II, III, and IV should recognize that our calculus sequence contains a number of features that are unique to IWU.  Therefore, they should plan to take all courses in the sequence at IWU.  Our standard calculus sequence is for all majors, including Mathematics.


Most Elementary Education majors should take Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I, Math 105, in the Fall Term.  They should also take Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II, Math 106, in the Spring Term.  Please notice that Math 105 is offered only in the Fall Term, while Math 106 is offered only in the Spring Term.  Math 105 is a strict prerequisite for Math 106. Students should avoid schedule conflicts with these courses.  Math 105 and 106 do not count towards the mathematics major.  Exception:  Elementary Education majors who wich to minor or complete a state endorsement in mathematics should take Analysis I and II or Calculus I and II instead of Math 105 and 106.


Students who do not fall into the three above categories, but who wish to take a mathematics course to satisfy their formal reasoning requirement, should take Finite Mathematics, Math 110, or Discrete Mathematics I, Math 135. Finite Mathematics, Math 110, is offered in each fall and spring term.  Discrete Mathematics I, Math 135, is offered once a year, currently in the spring term.  Math 110 and Math 135 do not count towards the major in Mathematics.

Note: None of the courses mentioned in this document will be offered in May Term.

We have a strong mathematics program and we hope that you enjoy your mathematics and find mathematics to be a meaningful experience.