Advising Handbook - Math and Statistics

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Finite Math, MATH 420 

The course is intended as an application-based, self-contained course that highlights the power of mathematics. Topics typically include probability and some statistics, systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, linear programming, and mathematics of finance. The course is not a preparation for calculus, whereas MATH 418 is. Departmental majors cannot receive credit for MATH 420.

MATH 418, Analysis and Applications of Functions

Some students who are bound for science but need additional college preparatory mathematics may be required to take MATH 418 prior to MATH 425. 

Calculus: MATH 424 vs. MATH 425

Note:  Entering first-year students are generally given a placement evaluation in order to provide a specific recommendation for their first calculus course at UNH.

MATH 424 is a one-semester calculus survey course.  If a student is planning only one semester of calculus, the Department of Mathematics & Statistics advises that a semester of 424 is more appropriate than a single semester of 425.

  • MATH 424A, Calculus for Social Sciences, which is offered each fall semester, is designed primarily for COLA and PCBE students.
  • MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences, which is offered each spring semester, is designed primarily for COLSA students.
  • These courses are usually interchangeable, but students should gain permission from their adviser for replacing one version of MATH 424 with the other. Different versions of MATH 424 may be used as a repeated course for the other, but not for MATH 425. This requires a petition and is only approved when MATH 424 is more appropriate for the specific major of the student. 

MATH 425, Calculus I, is the first half of a two-semester sequence, MATH 425-426, that includes trigonometry and is more intensive than MATH 424. As a PREREQUISITE for MATH 425 a student must EITHER (1) complete MATH 418 with a grade of C or better OR (2) qualify with the placement evaluation.  Students who do NOT meet this prerequisite will be required to drop MATH 425.

Exception: If students complete MATH 424 (A or B) and wish to continue with MATH 426, Calculus II, they are advised to complete a set of supplementary worksheet modules administered by the Mathematics Center (MaC).

Statistics Rule

  • The Department of Mathematics & Statistics offers the following statistics courses: MATH 439, MATH 539, and MATH 644
  • In addition, other departments offer introductory statistics courses in their subject areas:ADMN 420, BIOL 528, EREC 525, HHS 540, PSYC 402, SOC 502
  • Generally, students cannot receive academic credit for more than one of the above courses. The exception is that a student may receive credit for MATH 644 or MATH 539, after taking a course offered by the other departments.

Any student who has completed a statistics course and declares or changes to a major that requires a different statistics course must speak with the new major department.

The department may:

  • Accept the original course as fulfilling the requirement
  • Require a competency exam in the major department’s statistics course
  • Require the student to take a different statistics course, which may result in the student losing credit for the first course. A student may receive eight credits for two introductory statistics courses if, and only if, the student takes the second of these as a requirement of the program they have moved into after taking the first statistics course
  • Take other action, determined by the major advisor