Students with strong preparation and interest in mathematics, students with College Board Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, and students planning to enroll in a course other than Calculus I (MATH 115) should discuss their options with a Mathematics advisor. In particular, students need not be enrolled in the LSA Honors Program to enroll in the Honors Sequences, but, with the exception of MATH 156, they must have the permission of a Mathematics advisor to do so.

Students who will be taking both Calc I and Calc II during their first year and who have an interest in mathematics or the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply to the Douglass Houghton Scholars Program.

Students who need additional preparation before beginning one of the introductory sequences are tentatively identified by a combination of the math placement test (given during orientation), college admission test scores (SAT or ACT), and high school grade point average. Academic advisors will discuss this placement information with each student and refer students to a Mathematics advisor when necessary. An excellent preparatory course is MATH 105, a course on data analysis, functions, and graphs with an emphasis on problem solving, concepts, and interpretations.