Math honors-level courses

Course criteria & guidance

Beginning with the 2015-16 submission period, the following course criteria are effective for honors-level courses seeking approval in the mathematics ("c") subject area:

Honors-level courses in mathematics must be at the mathematical analysis (pre-calculus) level or above. These courses should have three years of college-preparatory mathematics as prerequisite work. Mathematical analysis that includes the mathematical development of the trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions can be approved for UC honors credit. If mathematical analysis is approved at the UC honors level, there must be a section of the regular college-preparatory course offered as well. The honors-level course should be demonstrably more challenging than the regular college-preparatory sections. Calculus, with four years of college-preparatory mathematics as prerequisite, qualifies as an honors-level course if it is substantially equivalent to an AP Calculus course. Statistics, with a three-year mathematics prerequisite, may also be approved for honors credit if it is substantially equivalent to an AP Statistics course. These two courses do not require a separate section in the regular college-preparatory curriculum. Each honors-level course in mathematics must include a comprehensive final examination. Honors-level courses in mathematics can be designed as differentiation within heterogeneous classrooms, as long as the depth of instruction and assessment parallel the rigor of AP and IB course expectations.

UC honors-level math courses must also meet the general “a-g” honors-level course criteria.