Overview of Lower Division Courses

I need math as a prerequisite for my major:

Most freshmen who take math at Princeton choose their courses from: MAT101/102, MAT103/MAT104/MAT201, MAT200, and MAT202. These calculus and linear algebra courses are prerequisites for a wide variety of departments and programs. They are similar in spirit to good high school math courses, albeit extremely fast-paced and much more in-depth, significantly more challenging than the standard AP calculus curriculum. These courses are less theoretical and more computational than the math department's other offerings. They treat mathematics as a tool, but with the philosophy that the better you understand the tool, the more skillfully you can use it.

I just need a QR. I don't need math in my major:

If there is any chance you will need calculus eventually (for example, if you might major in Economics or take the Political Economy track in Politics) then take a course from the calculus sequence (MAT103/MAT104/MAT201) while you still remember the math you learned in high school. Note: for some programs MAT102 is acceptable, but not for others.) Students majoring in humanities or a non-quantitative social science should consider MAT189 or MAT190, a very popular choice that requires only a little knowledge of algebra from high school. Alternatively, students who don't need calculus should search the QR offerings of other departments. COS has at least one very popular choice.

I will likely major in physics, but maybe math:

MAT203/MAT204 is an intermediate sequence of multivariable calculus and linear algebra courses, more theoretical than 201/202 but more concretely computational than 218/217. Recommended for future physics majors or for anyone seriously interested in applied mathematics (rather than 201/202).

I want to be a math major:

Most future math majors take the honors sequence MAT215/217/218 which covers calculus and linear algebra more thoroughly and more theoretically. Note: many future physics majors, especially those interested in theoretical physics, take these courses. Students curious about life beyond calculus may opt to start with MAT214, an introduction to rigorous proofs and formal mathematical argument in a more algebraic setting. All these courses require very strong interest in and aptitude for independent mathematical thinking.

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