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Calculus at UT Austin

UT Austin offers three parallel calculus sequences:

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two-course
accelerated sequence
three-course
standard sequence
three-course
science sequence
M 408C
Differential & Integral Calculus
M 408K
Differential Calculus
 
M 408N
Differential Calculus
for Science
 
M 408L
Integral Calculus
 
M 408S
Integral Calculus
for Science
 
M 408D
Sequences, Series, & Multivariable Calculus
M 408M
Multivariable Calculus

Accelerated Two-Course Sequence

M 408C/408D are fast-paced courses that cover, in two semesters, the topics of a typical three-semester sequence. The two-course sequence is an unusual format, and course-for-course equivalents are offered at only a few institutions in Texas:

*508C & 508D are 5-hour versions of 408C & 408D
course title credit
hours
UT
evaluation
Angelo State University
MATH 2513 Calculus I 5 M 508C*
MATH 3514 Calculus II 5 M 508D*
Collin College
MATH 2417 Accelerated Calculus I 4 M 408C
MATH 2419 Accelerated Calculus II 4 M 408D
University of Houston (main campus)
MATH 1450 Accelerated Calculus I 4 M 408C
MATH 1451 Accelerated Calculus II 4 M 408D
UT Dallas
MATH 2417 Calculus I 4 M 408C
MATH 2419 Calculus II 4 M 408D

In the Texas Common Course Numbering (TCCN) system used by Texas public community colleges, MATH 2417/2419 correspond to M 408C/408D.

For out-transfer purposes (from UT Austin to other institutions), credit for M 408C/408D should be equated with completion of a traditional three-course differential/integral/multivariable calculus sequence.

Standard Three-Course Sequence

M 408K/408L/408M are structured more traditionally than 408C/408D. Except for students in the College of Natural Sciences, virtually all calculus courses from other institutions transfer as, or as variants of, 408K/408L/408M.

  • M 408K/408L/408M normally carry four semester credit hours each, but the first digit of a transfer evaluation may be modified (e.g. 308K or 508K) to reflect three or five semester hours earned at the original institution. Such transfer credit is functionally identical to UT Austin's four-hour courses for degree and prerequisite purposes.

  • To cover topics comparable to those in 408C, two courses equivalent to 408K and 408L must be taken; to cover topics comparable to those in 408D, two courses equivalent to 408L and 408M must be taken.

In the TCCN system MATH 2413/2414/2415 correspond to M 408K/408L/408M.

Science Sequence

M 408N/408S are Calculus I & II courses reserved for students in UT Austin's College of Natural Sciences. The courses are interchangeable with 408K/408L for degree and prerequisite purposes. Both pairs, 408N/408S and 408K/408L, lead to 408M.

  • Students classified as Natural Science majors at the time coursework transfers receive M 408N/408S credit in lieu of 408K/408L.

  • Transfer credit for M 408K/408L automatically substitutes for 408N/408S in Natural Science degrees, and 408N/408S transfer credit substitutes for 408K/408L in non-science degrees. In both circumstances the substitution is performed within the student's degree audit, and the transfer credit evaluation remains unchanged.

  • M 408N/408S normally carry four semester credit hours each, but the first digit of a transfer evaluation may be modified (e.g. 308N or 508N) to reflect three or five semester hours earned at the original institution. Such transfer credit is functionally identical to UT Austin's four-hour courses for degree and prerequisite purposes.

In the TCCN system MATH 2413/2414 correspond to M 408N/408S as well as 408K/408L.

Business/Economics Sequence (discontinued)

UT Austin's retired business/economics calculus sequence, M 403K/403L, was last taught in residence during the fall semester 2002. Students pursuing business or economics degrees are now expected to select coursework from the 408C/408D or 408K/408L/408M sequences.

  • For Economics, M 408C/408D, 408K/408L/408M, or equivalent credit is required. The discontinued 403K/403L sequence or equivalent transfer credit is not applicable toward the Economics major. Moreover, 403K/403L cannot be used as the mathematics prerequisite for ECO 420K, a required course for all Economics students.

  • For Business, M 408K/408L or equivalent credit is required in all majors; the Science & Technology Management major further requires 408M or equivalent transfer credit. (The accelerated 408C/408D sequence applies in all Business majors, but equivalents are uncommon at other institutions.) Prospective business transfer students should take the first two (Differential & Integral) courses of a normal, non-business calculus sequence; Science & Technology Management majors should additionally take a third-semester (Multivariable) course. Completion of two calculus courses comparable to M 408K/408L, 408C/408D, or 403K/403L is required for transfer admission consideration in UT's McCombs School of Business.

Although 403K/403L are retired, the course numbers are still used for transfer credit and the completed sequence satisfies the BBA calculus requirement, except in the Science & Technology Management major. Students with transfer credit for a single business calculus course (303K or 403K) are assessed for readiness to undertake additional calculus; typical options are to enroll in 403L through University Extension or its equivalent (MATH 1476) at Austin Community College.

In the TCCN system MATH 1325 or 1425 transfer as 303K or 403K (three- or four-hour version). There is no equivalent TCCN designation for 403L, and only a few institutions offer a second business calculus course:

*303L is a 3-hour version of 403L
course title credit
hours
UT
evaluation
Austin Community College
MATH 1476 Business Calculus & Applications II 4 M 403L
Collin College
MATH 1376 Calculus for Business & Economics II 3 M 303L*
Dallas County Community College District
MATH 1370 Business Calculus & Applications II 3 M 303L*
Lamar University
MTH 237 Calculus II 3 M 303L*
Rice University
MATH 112 Calculus & Its Applications 3 M 303L*
UT Dallas
MATH 1326 Applied Calculus II 3 M 303L*

Four-Course Calculus Sequences

Calculus may be taught in a four-course sequence, in contrast to the typical three-course or accelerated two-course formats, though the pattern is uncommon today:

  • Del Mar College (discontinued in 2008)
    MATH 2313, 2314, 2315, 2316 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M
    (previously MATH 305, 613A, 613B, 317)

  • East Texas Baptist University (discontinued in 2013)
    MATH 2301, 2302, 3303, 3304 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

  • Northeast Texas Community College (discontinued in 2006)
    MATH 2313, 2314, 2315, 2316 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

  • Sul Ross State University (discontinued in 2004)
    MATH 1320, 1321, 2320, 2321 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

  • Texas A&M University–Commerce (discontinued in 2004)
    MATH 191, 192, 225, 314 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

  • Texas Woman's University (discontinued in 2001)
    MATH 2013, 2023, 3103, 3113 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

  • Trinity Valley Community College (discontinued in 2007)
    MATH 2313, 2314, 2315, 2316 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 308L, 608MA, 608MB
    (previously MAT 1320, 1321, 2314, 2315)

  • Tyler Junior College (discontinued in 2003)
    MATH 2313, 2314, 2315, 2316 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M
    (previously MTH 213A, 213B, 223C, 223D)

  • UT–Pan American (discontinued in 1996)
    MATH 1360, 1370, 2342, 3347 …transfer to UT as M 308K, 608LA, 608LB, 308M

Such coursework does not readily fit in UT's instructional patterns for calculus and, to assign meaningful transfer credit, course numbers must be modified almost beyond recognition. One UT course is altered in credit value (e.g. M 408L becomes 608L) and halved (608L becomes 608LA and 608LB) to create a fourth number, conveying that topics of the UT course span two courses at the sending institution. Other courses in the sequence usually also transfer with modified credit values (e.g. 408K and 408M become 308K and 308M).

In the TCCN system MATH 2313/2314/2315/2316 accommodates a four-course treatment of calculus (three semester hours per course, twelve semester hours maximum for the sequence), but no Texas public community college currently uses this configuration.

Other Transfer Issues

More Transfer Credit Info

  • Our Transfer Guides for Austin Community College and other Texas community colleges recommend coursework prospective transfer students should take to apply toward specific UT Austin degree plans.
  • The Automated Transfer Equivalency (ATE) system provides interactive access to our database of more than 250,000 transfer credit evaluations for current and past courses at universities and community colleges throughout Texas.
  • The Interactive Degree Audit (IDA) system enables prospective transfer students and UT students studying away from UT to estimate the degree applicability of coursework taken at other institutions.
  • UT Austin's transfer credit policies are published in the General Information catalog.
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