First-Year Academics: Calculus
Mathematics is the common language of science and engineering and is essential for understanding many aspects of the physical world. To provide a solid mathematical foundation, MIT has a two-subject General Institute Requirement in calculus.
View the Core Blitz video: Haynes Miller Presentation
How to Fulfill the Calculus GIR
You need two 12-unit Calculus subjects:
- Single variable calculus (18.01 and variants)
- Multivariable calculus (18.02 and variants)
You can obtain credit for Calculus subjects by:
- Pass the subjects here at MIT
- Present an appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Exam score (applicable only for 18.01)
- Present appropriate transfer credit from another institution
- Pass an MIT Advanced Standing Exam
The choice of subjects will depend on your background, preparation, and interests.
- 18.01 Calculus I: Prerequisite: High school algebra and trigonometry. For students who have a year or less of high school calculus and no AP credit.
- 18.014 and 18.024 Calculus with Theory: Prerequisite: Strong interest and ability in mathematics, interest in rigorous proofs. This is intended as a two-semester sequence, but students completing 18.014 will be well-prepared for all versions of 18.02. Students choosing 18.014 should be familiar with the computational aspects of single-variable calculus, though these aspects may be reviewed during the term.
- 18.01A/18.02A: Calculus I and II Combined (A = Accelerated) Six-week review of one-variable calculus, then begin 18.02 in October at the regular pace. You must meet the stated pre-requisites for enrollment in the 18.01A/18.02A sequence.
If you take this sequence, you may choose to finish 18.02A during IAP, when you'll be on P/NR grading, or during the SECOND half of the spring semester by joining the regular lectures for 18.02 and by attending a special recitation put in place only for those finishing 18.02A, when you'll be on A,B,C/No Record grading.
If you have credit for 18.01 via AP or other exam score, ASE, or Transfer Credit, you may register for 18.02 or any of its variants. See the Math Department's Calculus page for descriptions of classes.
- 18.02 Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus: Standard syllabus covering calculus of vectors and of functions of several variables.
- 18.022 Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus
- 18.023 Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus with Applications (Fall only)
- 18.024 Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus with Theory (Spring only)
For complete information on the Calculus GIR, visit the Department of Mathematics website.