Mathematics Department Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I really like Economics/English/Philosophy/Biology/ (your favorite subject here) and Mathematics. What should I do?
Q: In what ways can I fulfill the Westminster undergraduate mathematics requirement?
Q: I’ve found out that I need to fulfill the Westminster undergraduate mathematics requirement. What math class am I ready for?
Q: I took AP exams in high school. What credit will I receive at Westminster?
Q: Why do many mathematics classes not meet on Wednesdays at Westminster?
Q: I won’t get my AP grade until July, but I would like to register earlier for my fall classes. How do I know what calculus class to take?
Q: I really like Economics/English/Philosophy/Biology… and Mathematics. What should I do?
A: Consider a minor in math, or a double major. Employers will like a “packaged” degree – it shows versatility, shows you can think outside the box, and separates you from the other applicants.
Q: In what ways can I fulfill the Westminster undergraduate mathematics requirement?
A: Students may fulfill the requirement through:

acceptance of transfer credit for a college algebra, elementary statistics, or equivalent quantitative reasoning course

a score of 28 or above on the ACT mathematics test or a score of 620 or above on the SAT mathematics test

a score of 46 or above on the CLEP college algebra test or a score of 45 or above on the CLEP algebra and trigonometry test (Note: The CLEP program is currently under review by Westminster College faculty.)

a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP calculus test or the AP statistics test

completion of MATH 120, MATH 141, or MATH 150 at Westminster College with a grade of C or above

Accuplacer test. This test can be used to show competency in College Algebra (MATH 141). Take the test at the START center. It takes about 30 minutes to complete. The test may be taken a second time.
Q: I need to fulfill the Westminster undergraduate mathematics requirement. What math class am I ready for?
A: Students without ACT or SAT scores or students who are unsure about mathematics placement should contact the START Center for placement testing. Students with ACT or SAT scores, consult the following table:
ACT Score 

SAT Score 
Course Placement 
19 or less 
or 
470 or less 
Take MATH*085 or 095, or take placement test 
20  22 
or 
480  520 
Take MATH*105, or take placement test 
23  27 
or 
530 610 
MATH*105 is waived. Take MATH*120, MATH*141,
or MATH*150

28 or above 
or 
620 or above 
MATH*141 is waived 
Q: I took AP exams in high school. What credit will I receive at Westminster?
A: Students receiving scores of 3, 4, or 5 on one of the calculus advanced placement examinations receive the following Westminster credit:
Exam 
Score 
Credit Given 
Calculus AB 
3 
MATH*141 and 4 hours elective credit 

4  5 
MATH*141 and 201 
Calculus BC 
3 
MATH*141 and 201 

4  5 
MATH*201 and 202 
Q: Why do many mathematics classes not meet on Wednesdays at Westminster?
A: Rumor has it that Wednesdays are the best day to ski, and so some of our skiobsessed faculty won’t schedule Wednesday classes. However, from a pedagogical point of view, it is better to learn new mathematics for two days in a row, have a day to digest it and work homework problems, and then have two more days of classes, than having four days of new mathematical material in a row without a break.
Q: I won’t get my AP grade until July, but I would like to register for my fall classes earlier than that. How do I know what calculus class to take?
A: If you think you’ve done well on the Calculus AB test, go ahead and register for Math 202. It is easier to switch from Math 202 to Math 201 then vice versa.