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Title: Math summer orientation

Math summer orientation
  • Help for students in mathematical majors planning
  • Fall 2012 schedule.

Your adviser today
  • You will be advised by one of
  • Anna Fricano, graduate student in Math Education
  • Dan Lior, graduate student in Mathematics
  • Atul Dixit, graduate student in Math
  • Chris Cunningham, Math Academic Programs
  • Alison Champion, Assistant Director of
    Undergraduate Studies in Math

Getting started
  • Freshmen should be sure to let me know about
    A-levels, IB exams, or AP exams taken, with
    scores/grades if possible, once we start working
    on your individual schedule.

Placement Exams
  • A placement exam helps us choose courses for you.
  • You should have taken the ALEKS Math placement
    exam already and placement exams for languages,
    Chemistry, or Physics if you plan or need to take
    those courses here on campus.

Proficiency tests
  • A placement exam helps us choose courses a
    proficiency exam can earn you college credit.
  • Note that on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1-230 PM, 314
    Altgeld Hall, is a Calculus I proficiency exam
    for new students. No sign-up needed. If you
    have learned calculus but do not already have
    official University of Illinois credit for Math
    220, please sit for this exam. There is no
    penalty if you do not pass. Calculators are not
    permitted, but the exam is multiple-choice, so
    you may be able to pass even if you dont have
    time to study before the test. Please bring your
    i-card and a pencil to the exam. Results are
    available in 313 Altgeld Hall from 1-4 pm on
    Friday, August 24, in person.
  • There is another proficiency exam date available
    for almost any math class, but you must sign up
    online by Tuesday, August 28, to take the 3-hour
    long-answer exam from 7-10 pm on Thursday, August
    30. No calculators. Only one exam may be taken
    on that date.

Credit for Transfer Courses
  • If your DARS audit lists any of your courses as
    LAS 1 or ENG 1 or TRAN 1 then the course
    is being counted for university credit but has
    NOT been reviewed by the appropriate department.
    Such courses can count for elective credit but
    NOT for specific requirements until they are
    properly reviewed.

Transfer articulation
  • To start the transfer articulation process,
    please get a copy of the course syllabus. A
    syllabus usually has a list of lecture topics,
    information about the textbook used, and
    information about grading.
  • If the syllabus is in a language other than
    English, an official translation is usually
  • Math can sometimes review syllabi in languages
    other than English but most departments will not.

Transfer articulation
  • Submit your syllabus to your records officer in
    the LAS college office, 144 Computing
    Applications Building (summer) or 270 Lincoln
    Hall (August and later).
  • You can also e-mail the syllabus to your records
    officer. Your records officer is assigned based
    on your last name (family name).

LAS Admissions/Records Officers (AROs)
  • A-Chm Mr. Lacy Alford,
  • Chn-Gn Mr. Joe Murphy,
  • Go-Ke Ms. Joyce Elam,
  • Kf-Mb Ms. Tina Klebek,
  • Mc-Pi Mr. Dustin Tarter,
  • Pj-Sta Ms. Marsha Nix,
  • Stb-Z Ms. Mary Davis,

Composition I
  • Several different ways to complete this freshman
    writing requirement
  • ESL 113, 114, or 115 composition courses, based
    on English Placement Test score
  • Rhetoric course, depending on ACT English score
  • CMN 111/112 (strong English skills and strong ACT
    English score). Short speeches writing.

Rhetoric courses
  • Students must take the sequence they were placed
    in to fulfill the requirement!
  • Rhet 101 (100) followed by Rhet 102 (100)
  • Rhet 103 followed by Rhet 104
  • Rhet 105 (fall if UIN is even, spring if UIN is
    odd) very intense 4 credit course
  • Students placed in Rhet 105 may also choose CMN

ESL Composition
  • Students who complete ESL do NOT need to take
    Rhet courses ESL 115 completes the Comp I
  • ESL instructors have special training to help
    with writing issues of non-native speakers of
    English AND general composition.
  • Rhet instructors are NOT qualified or trained to
    help non-native speakers of English

ESL Composition
  • Some students are required to take the English
    Placement Test (EPT)
  • Other students may choose to take the EPT, even
    if they are not required to do it.
  • ONLY students who take the EPT may take ESL
    composition courses.

English Placement Test
  • If English is not your native language, you can
    sign up for the EPT at
  • http//

Transfer Writing
  • Transfer students who have credit for UCI or
    UCII partial Composition I credit can fulfill
    BOTH Composition I and Advanced Composition by
    taking Rhet 233, Principles of Composition.
  • This option is only available to transfers with
    UCI or UCII credit.

Advanced Composition
  • Must be done AFTER Comp I
  • Learning to write well in a specific discipline
  • Math majors with Calculus II credit might like
    Math 348
  • Actuarial science students often choose BTW 250
  • Usually NOT done in freshman year.

Language Other Than English
  • Ways to fulfill this requirement are
  • 4 years study in high school (one language)
  • 4 semesters study in college (one language)
  • Reach 4th level another way
  • Reach 3rd level of two languages
  • Proficiency exam here on campus

Language Other Than English
  • Not exempt if you are a native speaker of another
  • Proficiency exams available
  • EALC department offers Japanese, Korean, Chinese
    exams in August
  • Spanish offers exam in August
  • Many other departments arrange individual exams

Language OtherThan English
  • If you wish to continue with a language you
    started in high school, you MUST take the
    placement exam.
  • You MUST start with the course youre placed in,
    even if its lower than you expect
  • Example Placed in Span 103 after 4 years of
    Spanish in high school. Cannot jump to 4th level

Language OtherThan English
  • Note that beginning Spanish is NOT available.
  • Parkland College teaches beginning Spanish, but
    tuition is not included in U of I tuition.
  • Many, many other languages are available at U of

LAS orientation courses
  • Courses are 1 credit hour
  • Provides intro to our university and college
  • LAS 101 is REQUIRED for all new freshmen
  • Exception James Scholar freshmen take LAS 122

CS orientation
  • CS 100 orientation course for Math/CS, Stat/CS,
    CS majors
  • Those interested in CS transfer may also enroll
  • Covers CS jobs, clubs, major
  • No work required except attendance
  • Must still enroll in LAS 101 (or LAS 122) as well

General Education
  • General education gives you breadth in your
  • Gen ed courses can be spread throughout your time
    here, but its good to cover most of them before
    junior year

General Education
  • Requirements
  • 6 hours of Humanities Arts (Historical/Philosoph
    ical and Literature Arts)
  • 6 hours of Social Behavioral Sciences
  • 6 hours of Natural Sciences Technology
    (Physical Science and Life Science)

General Education
  • 1 Western/Comparative Cultures course
  • 1 Nonwestern or U.S. Minority Cultures course
  • These two courses may double-dip with the
    previous 18 hours if chosen carefully
  • Courses listed for both Western and Nonwestern
    may be counted for one, not both! (You choose
    which one.)

General Education
  • Many general education classes fill up quickly
  • Some general education courses have sections
    reserved for special groups. Those sections are
    not available unless youre in the special group.
  • Please identify many courses which you might like
    to take!

General Education
  • Econ 102/103 are recommended for actuarial
    science majors (social science)
  • Econ 102/103 are also required for College of
    Business freshman transfers.
  • Psyc 100 is required for teaching programs, but
    not recommended for first semester freshmen
    (behavioral science)

  • You must complete 120 credits to graduate. Your
    major and general ed courses use less than 90
    hours, so you MUST take some courses just for
  • Consider a minor, learning a new language,
    exploring courses which look fun or interesting,
    freshman Discovery courses...

Freshman Discovery
  • Class size limited to 19.
  • Freshmen only
  • You may take only one Discovery course
  • Some are electives (just for fun!) others are
    general education
  • Taught by a professor, not a graduate teaching

Discovery courses
  • Fall 2012 is your only chance to take a Discovery
  • See http//

James Scholars
  • James Scholars is the LAS honors program.
  • In addition to LAS 122, James Scholars should
    consider taking another honors course this

Campus Honors Program
  • CHP is a very elite campuswide honors program.
  • CHP students MUST take a CHP course (not just a
    general honors course) each semester.

  • Interested in teaching middle school or high
    school (grades 6-12)? Even just as your back-up
  • PLEASE attend the Secondary Education meeting
    today from 100-135 in room 156 Henry Admin.
  • Please also mention this during your afternoon

Computer Science
  • CS 100 orientation (1 hr)
  • CS 101 Programming for science/engineering (3
  • CS 125 Programming for CS majors, Math/CS,
    Stat/CS, CS minors (4 hours)
  • CS 105 Computing for Business (3 hours)

Computer Science
  • CS 101 recommended for math majors. Weekly labs,
    two major programming assignments. Currently
    uses Matlab and C.
  • CS 125 required for Math/CS, Stat/CS, CS majors.
    Weekly labs, 7-8 major programming assignments.
    Uses Java.

Computer Science
  • CS 105 counts only for actuarial science majors,
    not other mathematical majors. Uses Visual Basic
  • See https//
    dProg/IntroCoursesExplained for more info on
    intro CS courses.
  • Stat majors take Stat 200 or 212 instead of a CS

Computer Science
  • CS 173, Data Structures, is required for Math/CS
    but has a prerequisite of CS 125.

Math Courses
  • Math 220 Calculus for students who have not
    taken calculus before
  • Math 221 Calculus I for students who have taken
    calculus previously
  • Math 231 Calculus II (background of Math 220 or
  • Math 241 Calculus III, multivariable calculus

Math Courses
  • Math 012 Algebra (expects ALEKS score of at least
  • Math 115 Preparation for Calculus (requires ALEKS
    score of at least 50)
  • Math 220/221 require ALEKS score of at least 70

Math Merit Workshop
  • Available for Math 115, 220, 221, 231, 241
  • Students in Merit Workshop sections attend the
    regular lecture but have 2-hour-long discussion
  • Discussions are spent doing hard worksheets in
    groups of 4-6, not watching the TA solve
  • Hard work pays off at test time!

Math prerequisites
  • Students who do not earn the required ALEKS score
    for Math 115, 220, 221 by the start of the
    semester will be DROPPED from the course.

Math prerequisites
  • You may retake ALEKS more than once. Each test
    costs 3.50.
  • For 35 you can buy the ALEKS Learning Module as
    a refresher.
  • Learning Module gives you access to unlimited
    retests and practice problems, for a limited
    number of weeks.

Advanced Placement
  • AP Calculus AB score of 4 or 5 gives credit for
    Math 220.
  • AP Calculus BC score of 4 or 5 gives credit for
    Math 220 Math 231.
  • AP Calculus BC score of 3, AB subscore of 4 or 5
    gives credit for Math 220.
  • Lower scores give no credit

Advanced Placement
  • Students who plan to be teachers are encouraged
    to move back one level from actual AP credit.
  • For example, if you earn a 5 on the BC Calculus
    exam, start in Math 231 instead of Math 241.
  • Consult with your adviser about the best choices
    for you.

Advanced Placement
  • If you dont see credit for AP scores in your
    Illinois records, check your score report to see
    whether you sent your score to University of
    Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • College Board will send scores for a fee.
    Priority/rush service is NOT necessary.

Advanced Placement
  • Students with a 5 on the Calculus AB exam will be
    invited to Honors Math 231 via e-mail in August.
  • Students with a 5 on the Calculus BC exam will be
    invited to Honors Math 241 via e-mail in August.

Honors calculus
  • Honors registrations are first-come, first-served
    on August 24. New students may NOT register
    before this date for honors calculus.

International Baccalaureate
  • IB Math SL no college credit
  • IB Math HL 6 or 7 earns credit for Math 220
  • IB Further Math 6 or 7 earns credit for Math 231
    and Math 213

  • Advanced Level Certificate with grade of C or
    higher in Mathematics earns credit for Math 220.
  • Students with A-level credit may consider
    proficiency exam for Math 231, Math 241,
    depending on background.
  • Original A-level certificate must be submitted to
    International Admissions eventually.

Advanced Math
  • Math 347 Intro to Proofs (Math 231 prerequisite,
    Math 241 even better). Intro to reading advanced
    math and to writing proofs in a variety of areas
    of math. Transition from calculus to advanced
  • Honors section available (now) to extremely good
    students with Math 231 credit.

Advanced Math
  • Math 416, Applied Linear Algebra
  • Required for math majors
  • Prerequisite Math 241
  • Math 347 also good prereq
  • Honors section available (now) to extremely good

Advanced Math
  • Math 441, differential equations for math majors
  • Math 463/Stat 400 Probability Stat I (Stat
  • Math 241 prerequisite
  • Math 461, Probability Theory (Math Dept)
  • Math 210, Theory of Interest (actuarial sci, need
    Math 231)
  • Math 409, Actuarial Stat II

Actuarial Science
  • Math 210 covers most of Exam 2/FM, financial math
    professional actuarial exam.
  • Math 408, Actuarial Stat I, covers Exam 1/P,
  • May substitute Math 461 for 408.
  • May substitute Stat 400Stat 410 for Math
    408Math 409
  • Math 408 offered only in spring.

Actuarial Science
  • Finance 230, Intro to Insurance
  • Finance 221, Intro to Corporate Finance
  • Fin 300 Financial Markets
  • Fin 321 Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Econ 302, Intermediate Micro
  • Econ 303, Intermediate Macro (available ONLY in
    your final semester)

Finance 221
  • For actuarial science students only,
    prerequisites are
  • a Statistics course
  • Accy 200, Accy 201, or a course in Financial
  • CS 105 or ability to use Excel
  • PLEASE ignore prerequisites on course catalog.

Actuarial Science
  • For loads of information, see the Advising Notes
    link from
  • http//
  • This website has a 4-year schedule, course info,
    exam info, and answers most advising questions
    (including office hours for Rick Gorvett).

Actuarial Science
  • Director of the Program
  • Prof. Rick Gorvett
  • See him by appointment during the
    semestersign-up sheet on his office door.
  • Freshman/sophomore advising
  • Ms. Alison Champion

Mathematics major
  • All students do Core courses
  • Also choose a Concentration
  • Supporting coursework

Math Concentrations
  • General Math most flexible, most popular choice
  • Graduate Prep actually PhD prep for students
    who wish to go directly to a doctoral program
    after completing B.Sc. Most intensive option.
  • Note that any option will prepare you for a
    masters program.

Math Concentrations
  • Applied Math engineering oriented
  • Operations Research business/optimization
  • Teacher Education for those who wish to teach
    grades 6-12. Only U.S. students may enter the
    teaching program.
  • Choose a concentration within 1-2 semesters of
    completing Math 347/348

Supporting Coursework
  • Required of all math majors
  • Purpose specialize in an area outside of math
  • 3 choices second major, ANY minor, or 12 credit
    hours of supporting coursework

Supporting Coursework
  • Supporting coursework is a single math-related
    area outside of mathematics.
  • Must take at least 12 credits in the area
  • At least some of the courses must be advanced
    (300-level or 400-level)

Supporting Coursework
  • Examples
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Philosophy (logic or science-oriented Phil
  • Another science
  • Computer Science (CS 101/125 not counted and
    courses listed both in Math and CS not counted)

Supporting Coursework
  • Other areas possible if you can justify how
    theyre related to math.
  • Supporting coursework requires adviser approval.

Math Advisers
  • Ms. Alison Champion
  • Mr. Chris Cunningham
  • Prof. Robert Muncaster (Dr. Bob)
  • All in 313 Altgeld Hall, which is the Math
    Undergrad Office.

Math/CS Stat/CS
  • Adviser
  • Dr. Steve Herzog
  • 1210 Siebel Center

  • Adviser
  • Prof. Jeff Douglas
  • 116E Illini Hall
  • Prof. Douglas answers e-mail quickly and has
    weekly office hours, schedule varies by semester.

Helpful websites
  • http//
  • Information about current courses, general
    education, all majors/minors, and link to
  • http//
  • Helpful information and forms
  • http//
  • Financial info, transcripts, DARS audit

  • September 10 Last day to add a semester-long
    class. You can change your schedule between
    August 24-September 10.
  • October 19 Last day to DROP a class. Before
    this date you can drop any class as long as you
    have at least 12 credits. After this date you
    must petition to the College of LAS and have
    documentation of extenuating circumstances such
    as extended illness, mental health issues, or
    other outside problems. A committee will review
    the petition but may force you to stay in the
    class and not drop/withdraw.

  • You must register for 12-18 hours. 14-16 is
    recommended for your first semester.
  • You must have at least 12 credit hours by the
    first day of the semester.
  • Final exams run December 14-20. Plan to be on
    campus through December 20!! There is an exam
    7-10pm that day.

  • For students taking calculus, 1 math class is
  • For students beyond calculus, 2 math/stat classes
    are recommended.
  • Students who take 3 math/stat classes in one
    semester usually earn very poor grades. If you
    wish to try this, wait until you have completed a
    semester with A or A grades in two tough math

  • Have a long list of classes which interest
    youmath AND general education AND electives!!
  • Have your passwords set, including Enterprise
  • Read up on the classes you want at the CLASS
    SCHEDULE at http//

Registration errors
  • ALWAYS check the Class Schedule when you get a
    registration error.
  • Registration program has little helpful
    information. Class Schedule has MUCH detail not
    found anywhere else!
  • Error messages mean that theres an error, but
    the messages themselves may be wrong!

  • You can add or drop classes or change sections
    until midnight Central Daylight Time tomorrow
    (approximately 1.5 days).
  • Please stay with the schedule recommended by your
  • You also have the chance to change your schedule
    August 24 September 10.

  • Many classes which are full now may have seats
    available later when other students change their
  • Keep trying!
  • If you add a new class after the semester begins,
    it is YOUR job to contact the instructor to ask
    about material and assignments/quizzes you have
    missed and how to catch up.

Math advising
  • General math advising is available at
  • is most helpful with
    Statistics questions.
  • is helpful with Computer
    Science questions.
  • See the actuarial website for actuarial help!

This afternoon
  • This afternoon you will see your adviser in an
    individual appointment. Please note time
  • Your adviser will help you select classes for
    your fall schedule.
  • If you are not fully prepared, you may need to
    finish registering in XXX English Building, open
    until 500 pm.