## Math honors-level courses

### Course criteria & guidance

*Beginning with the 2015-16 submission period, the following course
criteria is 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-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.