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1 Math summer orientation Help for students in mathematical majors planning the Fall 2012 schedule.

2 Your adviser today You will be advised by one of Anna Fricano, graduate student in Math Education Alison Champion, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Math Prof. Robert Muncaster, Math Prof. Rick Gorvett, Actuarial Science Prof. Jeff Douglas, Statistics Steve Herzog, Computer Science

3 Getting started Freshmen should be sure to let their adviser know about A- levels, IB exams, or AP exams taken, with scores/grades if possible, once we start working on your individual schedule.

4 Placement Exams A placement exam helps us choose courses for you. You should have taken the ALEKS Math placement exam already and placement exams for languages, Chemistry, or Physics if you plan or need to take those courses here on campus.

5 Proficiency tests A placement exam helps us choose courses; a proficiency exam can earn you college credit. Note that on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1-2:30 PM, 314 Altgeld Hall, is a Calculus I proficiency exam for new students. No sign-up needed. If you have learned calculus but do not already have official University of Illinois credit for Math 220, please sit for this exam. There is no penalty if you do not pass. Calculators are not permitted, but the exam is multiple-choice, so you may be able to pass even if you don’t have time to study before the test. Please bring your i-card and a pencil to the exam. Results are available in 313 Altgeld Hall from 1-4 pm on Friday, August 24, in person. There is another proficiency exam date available for almost any math class, but you must sign up online by Tuesday, August 28, to take the 3-hour long-answer exam from 7-10 pm on Thursday, August 30. No calculators. Only one exam may be taken on that date. Register at

6 Credit for Transfer Courses If your DARS audit lists any of your courses as “LAS 1—” or “ENG 1—” or “TRAN 1—” then the course is being counted for university credit but has NOT been reviewed by the appropriate department. Such courses can count for elective credit but NOT for specific requirements until they are properly reviewed.

7 Transfer articulation To start the transfer articulation process, please get a copy of the course syllabus. A syllabus usually has a list of lecture topics, information about the textbook used, and information about grading. If the syllabus is in a language other than English, an official translation is usually required. Math can sometimes review syllabi in languages other than English but most departments will not.

8 Transfer articulation Submit your syllabus to your records officer in the LAS college office, 144 Computing Applications Building (summer) or 270 Lincoln Hall (August and later). You can also e-mail the syllabus to your records officer. Your records officer is assigned based on your last name (family name).

9 LAS Admissions/Records Officers (AROs) A-Chm: Mr. Lacy Alford, Chn-Gn: Mr. Joe Murphy, Go-Ke: Ms. Joyce Elam, Kf-Mb: (being hired), las- recordsofficer@illinois.edulas- Mc-Pi: Mr. Dustin Tarter, Pj-Sta: Ms. Marsha Nix, Stb-Z: Ms. Mary Davis,

10 Composition I Several different ways to complete this freshman writing requirement ESL 113, 114, or 115 composition courses, based on English Placement Test score Rhetoric course, depending on ACT English score CMN 111/112 (strong English skills and strong ACT English score). Short speeches + writing.

11 Rhetoric courses Students must take the sequence they were placed in to fulfill the requirement! Rhet 101 (+100) followed by Rhet 102 (+100) Rhet 103 followed by Rhet 104 Rhet 105 (fall if UIN is even, spring if UIN is odd) – very intense 4 credit course Students placed in Rhet 105 may also choose CMN 111+112.

12 ESL Composition Students who complete ESL do NOT need to take Rhet courses; ESL 115 completes the Comp I requirement. ESL instructors have special training to help with writing issues of non-native speakers of English AND general composition. Rhet instructors are NOT qualified or trained to help non- native speakers of English

13 ESL Composition Some students are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) Other students may choose to take the EPT, even if they are not required to do it. ONLY students who take the EPT may take ESL composition courses.

14 English Placement Test If English is not your native language, you can sign up for the EPT at

15 Transfer Writing Transfer students who have credit for “UCI” or “UCII” partial Composition I credit can fulfill BOTH Composition I and Advanced Composition by taking Rhet 233, Principles of Composition. This option is only available to transfers with UCI or UCII credit.

16 Advanced Composition Must be done AFTER Comp I Learning to write well in a specific discipline Math majors with Calculus II credit might like Math 348 Actuarial science students often choose BTW 250 Usually NOT done in freshman year.

17 Language Other Than English Ways to fulfill this requirement are… 4 years’ study in high school (one language) 4 semesters’ study in college (one language) Reach 4 th level another way Reach 3 rd level of two languages Proficiency exam here on campus

18 Language Other Than English Not exempt if you are a native speaker of another language Proficiency exams available EALC department offers Japanese, Korean, Chinese exams in August (8/24) Spanish offers exam in August Many other departments arrange individual exams

19 Language Other Than English If you wish to continue with a language you started in high school, you MUST take the placement exam. You MUST start with the course you’re placed in, even if it’s lower than you expect Example: Placed in Span 103 after 4 years of Spanish in high school. Cannot jump to 4 th level Spanish.

20 Language Other Than English Note that beginning Spanish is NOT available. Parkland College teaches beginning Spanish, but tuition is not included in U of I tuition. Many, many other languages are available at U of I.

21 LAS orientation courses Courses are 1 credit hour Provides intro to our university and college issues LAS 101 is REQUIRED for all new freshmen Exception: James Scholar freshmen take LAS 122

22 CS orientation CS 100 orientation course for Math/CS, Stat/CS, CS majors Those interested in CS transfer may also enroll Covers CS jobs, clubs, major No work required except attendance Must still enroll in LAS 101 (or LAS 122) as well

23 General Education General education gives you breadth in your studies Gen ed courses can be spread throughout your time here, but it’s good to cover most of them before junior year

24 General Education Requirements 6 hours of Humanities & Arts (Historical/Philosophical and Literature & Arts) 6 hours of Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 hours of Natural Sciences & Technology (Physical Science and Life Science)

25 General Education 1 Western/Comparative Cultures course 1 Nonwestern or U.S. Minority Cultures course These two courses may “double-dip” with the previous 18 hours if chosen carefully Courses listed for both Western and Nonwestern may be counted for one, not both! (You choose which one.)

26 General Education Many general education classes fill up quickly Some general education courses have sections reserved for special groups. Those sections are not available unless you’re in the special group. Please identify many courses which you might like to take!

27 General Education Econ 102/103 are recommended for actuarial science majors (social science) Econ 102/103 are also required for College of Business freshman transfers. Psyc 100 is required for teaching programs, but not recommended for first semester freshmen (behavioral science)

28 Electives! You must complete 120 credits to graduate. Your major and general ed courses use less than 90 hours, so you MUST take some courses just for fun! Consider a minor, learning a new language, exploring courses which look fun or interesting, freshman Discovery courses...

29 Freshman Discovery Class size limited to 19. Freshmen only You may take only one Discovery course Some are electives (just for fun!) others are general education Taught by a professor, not a graduate teaching assistant!

30 Discovery courses Fall 2012 is your only chance to take a Discovery course! See ms/discovery/ ml ms/discovery/ ml

31 James Scholars James Scholars is the LAS honors program. In addition to LAS 122, James Scholars should consider taking another honors course this semester.

32 Campus Honors Program CHP is a very elite campuswide honors program. CHP students MUST take a CHP course (not just a general honors course) each semester.

33 Teaching Interested in teaching middle school or high school (grades 6-12)? Even just as your back- up plan? PLEASE attend the Secondary Education meeting today from 1:00-1:35 in room 156 Henry Admin. Please also mention this during your afternoon appointment.

34 Computer Science CS 100: orientation (1 hr) CS 101: Programming for science/engineering (3 hrs) CS 125: Programming for CS majors, Math/CS, Stat/CS, CS minors (4 hours) CS 105: Computing for Business (3 hours)

35 Computer Science CS 101 recommended for math majors. Weekly labs, two major programming assignments. Currently uses Matlab and C. CS 125 required for Math/CS, Stat/CS, CS majors. Weekly labs, 7-8 major programming assignments. Uses Java.

36 Computer Science CS 105: counts only for actuarial science majors, not other mathematical majors. Uses Visual Basic & Excel. See lay/undergradProg/Intro+Cours es+Explained for more info on intro CS courses. lay/undergradProg/Intro+Cours es+Explained Stat majors take Stat 200 or 212 instead of a CS course.

37 Computer Science CS 173, Data Structures, is required for Math/CS but has a prerequisite of CS 125.

38 Math Courses Math 220: Calculus for students who have not taken calculus before Math 221: Calculus I for students who have taken calculus previously Math 231: Calculus II (background of Math 220 or 221) Math 241: Calculus III, multivariable calculus

39 Math Courses Math 012 Algebra (expects ALEKS score of at least 30%) Math 115 Preparation for Calculus (requires ALEKS score of at least 50%) Math 220/221 require ALEKS score of at least 70%

40 Math Merit Workshop Available for Math 115, 220, 221, 231, 241 Students in Merit Workshop sections attend the regular lecture but have 2-hour-long discussion sections. Discussions are spent doing hard worksheets in groups of 4-6, not watching the TA solve problems. Hard work pays off at test time!

41 Math prerequisites Students who do not earn the required ALEKS score for Math 115, 220, 221 by the start of the semester will be DROPPED from the course.

42 Math prerequisites You may retake ALEKS more than once. Each test costs $3.50. For $35 you can buy the ALEKS Learning Module as a refresher. Learning Module gives you access to unlimited retests and practice problems, for a limited number of weeks.

43 Advanced Placement AP Calculus AB: score of 4 or 5 gives credit for Math 220. AP Calculus BC: score of 4 or 5 gives credit for Math 220 & Math 231. AP Calculus BC score of 3, AB subscore of 4 or 5 gives credit for Math 220. Lower scores give no credit

44 Advanced Placement Students who plan to be teachers are encouraged to move back one level from actual AP credit. For example, if you earn a 5 on the BC Calculus exam, start in Math 231 instead of Math 241. Consult with your adviser about the best choices for you.

45 Advanced Placement If you don’t see credit for AP scores in your Illinois records, check your score report to see whether you sent your score to University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign College Board will send scores for a fee. Priority/rush service is NOT necessary.

46 International Baccalaureate IB Math SL: no college credit IB Math HL: 6 or 7 earns credit for Math 220 IB Further Math: 6 or 7 earns credit for Math 231 and Math 213

47 A-levels Advanced Level Certificate with grade of C or higher in Mathematics earns credit for Math 220. Students with A-level credit may consider proficiency exam for Math 231, Math 241, depending on background. Original A-level certificate must be submitted to International Admissions eventually.

48 Advanced Math Math 347: Intro to Proofs (Math 231 prerequisite, Math 241 even better). Intro to reading advanced math and to writing proofs in a variety of areas of math. Transition from calculus to advanced math. Honors section available (now) to extremely good students with Math 231 credit.

49 Advanced Math Math 416, Applied Linear Algebra Required for math majors Prerequisite: Math 241 Math 347 also good prereq Honors section available (now) to extremely good students

50 Advanced Math Math 441, differential equations for math majors Math 463/Stat 400: Probability & Stat I (Stat Dept) Math 241 prerequisite Math 461, Probability Theory (Math Dept) Math 210, Theory of Interest (actuarial sci, need Math 231) Math 409, Actuarial Stat II

51 Actuarial Science Math 210 covers most of Exam 2/FM, financial math professional actuarial exam. Math 408, Actuarial Stat I, covers Exam 1/P, probability. May substitute Math 461 for 408. May substitute Stat 400+Stat 410 for Math 408+Math 409

52 Actuarial Science Finance 230, Intro to Insurance Finance 221, Intro to Corporate Finance Fin 300: Financial Markets Fin 321: Advanced Corporate Finance Econ 302, Intermediate Micro Econ 303, Intermediate Macro (available ONLY in your final semester)

53 Finance 221 For actuarial science students only, prerequisites are a Statistics course Accy 200, Accy 201, or a course in Financial Accounting CS 105 or ability to use Excel PLEASE ignore prerequisites on course catalog.

54 Actuarial Science For loads of information, see the Advising Notes link from This website has a 4-year schedule, course info, exam info, and answers most advising questions (including office hours for Rick Gorvett).

55 Actuarial Science Director of the Program Prof. Rick Gorvett See him by appointment during the semester—online sign-up linked from his webpage. Freshman/sophomore advising Ms. Alison Champion

56 Mathematics major All students do “Core” courses Also choose a Concentration Supporting coursework

57 Math Concentrations General Math: most flexible, most popular choice “Graduate Prep”: actually PhD prep for students who wish to go directly to a doctoral program after completing B.Sc. Most intensive option. Note that any option will prepare you for a master’s program.

58 Math Concentrations Applied Math: engineering oriented Operations Research: business/optimization Teacher Education: for those who wish to teach grades 6-12. Only U.S. students may enter the teaching program. Choose a concentration within 1-2 semesters of completing Math 347/348

59 Supporting Coursework Required of all math majors Purpose: specialize in an area outside of math 3 choices: second major, ANY minor, or 12 credit hours of supporting coursework

60 Supporting Coursework “Supporting coursework” is a single math-related area outside of mathematics. Must take at least 12 credits in the area At least some of the courses must be advanced (300-level or 400-level)

61 Supporting Coursework Examples: Physics Economics Philosophy (logic or science- oriented Phil courses) Another science Computer Science (CS 101/125 not counted and courses listed both in Math and CS not counted)

62 Supporting Coursework Other areas possible if you can justify how they’re related to math. Supporting coursework requires adviser approval.

63 Math Advisers Ms. Alison Champion Mr. Chris Cunningham Prof. Robert Muncaster (Dr. Bob) All in 313 Altgeld Hall, which is the Math Undergrad Office.

64 Math/CS & Stat/CS Adviser Dr. Steve Herzog 1210 Siebel Center

65 Statistics Adviser Prof. Jeff Douglas 116E Illini Hall Prof. Douglas answers e-mail quickly and has weekly office hours, schedule varies by semester.

66 Helpful websites Information about current courses, general education, all majors/minors, and link to register! Helpful information and forms Financial info, transcripts, DARS audit

67 Deadlines September 10: Last day to add a semester-long class. You can change your schedule between August 24-September 10. October 19: Last day to DROP a class. Before this date you can drop any class as long as you have at least 12 credits. After this date you must petition to the College of LAS and have documentation of extenuating circumstances such as extended illness, mental health issues, or other outside problems. A committee will review the petition but may force you to stay in the class and not drop/withdraw.

68 Schedule You must register for 12-18 hours. 14-16 is recommended for your first semester. You must have at least 12 credit hours by the first day of the semester. Final exams run December 14- 20. Plan to be on campus through December 20!! There is an exam 7-10pm that day.

69 Schedule For students taking calculus, 1 math class is enough. For students beyond calculus, 2 math/stat classes are recommended. Students who take 3 math/stat classes in one semester usually earn very poor grades. If you wish to try this, wait until you have completed a semester with A or A+ grades in two tough math classes.

70 Registration Have a long list of classes which interest you—math AND general education AND electives!! Have your passwords set, including Enterprise password!! Read up on the classes you want at the CLASS SCHEDULE at

71 Registration errors ALWAYS check the Class Schedule when you get a registration error. Registration program has little helpful information. Class Schedule has MUCH detail not found anywhere else! Error messages mean that there’s an error, but the messages themselves may be wrong!

72 Scheduling You can add or drop classes or change sections until midnight Central Daylight Time tomorrow (approximately 1.5 days). Please stay with the schedule recommended by your adviser! You also have the chance to change your schedule August 24 – September 10.

73 Scheduling Many classes which are full now may have seats available later when other students change their schedules. Keep trying! If you add a new class after the semester begins, it is YOUR job to contact the instructor to ask about material and assignments/quizzes you have missed and how to catch up.

74 Math advising General math advising is available at is most helpful with Statistics is helpful with Computer Science See the actuarial website for actuarial help!

75 This afternoon This afternoon you will see your adviser in an individual appointment. Please note time & location! Your adviser will help you select classes for your fall schedule. If you are not fully prepared, you may need to finish registering on your own!

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