Math honors-level courses

Course guidance

Honors-level courses in mathematics must be at the mathematical analysis (precalculus) level or above. These courses should have three years of college-preparatory mathematics as prerequisite work. Mathematical analysis that includes the development of the trigonometric and exponential functions can be certified for UC honors credit. If mathematical analysis is certified 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.

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

Sample courses

Samples of honors-level courses approved in the “c” subject area are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.

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