
Stony Brook
First Year Mathematics Courses
Courses in fundamentals, statistics, and mathematical thinking
MAP courses do not count toward graduation or the
DEC C requirement,
but do count toward your semester credit load. They are intended for
those students who want, or need, to improve their basic mathematical skills.
MAP101: Fundamentals of arithmetic and algebra
This course provides essential preparation for those students who need an introduction to, or review of, arithmetic and basic algebra.
(does not count toward graduation)
MAP103: Proficiency algebra
This course provides a review of high school algebra with the aim of preparing students for calculus and other mathematics. Completion of this course satisfies the Basic Mathematics Competence requirement. Students who obtain a C or better can continue into any class in mathematics or statistics requiring a placement level of 3.
(does not count toward graduation)
AMS courses have a more applied focus. They are taught by the department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics.
AMS101: Applied precalculus
This is an applied course on precalculus topics. It's primarily intended as a terminal course, but also serves as good preparation for MAT122. Students who score an A or better may take MAT125 if they then simultaneously take MAT130.
(3 credits)
AMS102: Elements of statistics
This course covers common ways to describe data and test statistical hypotheses. Note that the university offers other statistics courses  AMS110, POL201, PSY201, SOC202 and ECO320  which may be better suited to your needs (although some of these have prerequisites). AMS102 is divided into multiple sections, with lectures of 55 students given by TAs, or 120 students taught by faculty.
(3 credits)
MAT courses designate collegelevel courses given by the Stony Brook Mathematics department.
MAT118: Mathematical thinking
There is more to mathematics than calculus. This course is intended
for those students who want a broad introduction to interesting
mathematics, but who only intend to take a single semester of college
math. Topics include: logic and reasoning, numbers, graphs, functions,
modeling, combinatorics and probability. There is an emphasis on
problem solving. The course gives students an appreciation for
the intellectual scope of mathematics.
(3 credits)
MAT160: Mathematical problems and games
This course helps students at all levels sharpen their problem solving
skills and their abilities to formulate and express mathematical ideas
through challenging puzzles and problems. It does not satisfy the
DEC C requirement.
(1 credit)
Courses in calculus
MAT122: Overview of calculus with applications
This course provides a brief overview of differential and integral calculus, including exponential and logarithmic functions and the fundamental theorem. It is primarily intended for those students wanting to take only a single semester of calculus. It does satisfy the mathematics requirements for the business management, psychology, and economics majors. Students who later decide to take more calculus can take MAT125 or MAT131 if they then simultaneously take MAT130.
(3 credits)
MAT123: Introduction to calculus
This course provides a comprehensive preparation for the regular calculus sequence, and includes an introduction to differential calculus. Trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions are taught, as are asymptotes and limits.
(3 credits)
MAT130: Functions
This course is intended to help students into the
regular calculus sequence.
It provides a detailed discussion of the properties of functions,
especially trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. It does not
satisfy the
DEC C requirement, and is only offered in the Spring.
(1 credit)
The Calculus Sequences
Stony Brook offers several different calculus sequences. These sequences cover approximately the same syllabus, but differ in their speed, emphasis, and teaching methodology.
There are two flavors of the regular Calculus sequence, an Honors Calculus sequence, and an Applied Calculus sequence. The two regular Calculus sequences use the same textbook, but move at different speeds.
The 125126127 sequence is the slower of the two regular calculus
sequences. It takes 3 semesters. Both it and the
131132 sequence
use the same textbook, which emphasizes conceptual understanding and
graphical methods while developing algebraic and computational skills.
MAT125: Calculus A
This course teaches differential calculus with an emphasis on conceptual understanding, computations, and applications. The course is taught in multiple sections, with twiceweekly lectures of 140 students and twiceweekly recitations of 35 students.
(3 credits)
MAT126: Calculus B
This course continues where MAT125 leaves off. It covers integral calculus and the fundamental theorem of calculus. The course is taught in multiple sections, with twiceweekly lectures of 140 students and twiceweekly recitations of 35 students.
(3 credits)
MAT127: Calculus C
This course covers infinite series and differential equations. It completes the 125126127 sequence. Students in MAT127 who want to take a second math course should consider MAT211.
(3 credits)
The 131132 sequence covers the same material as the
125126127 sequence in only 2 semesters, and
thus moves at a significantly faster pace. Both sequences use the same
textbook.
MAT131: Calculus I
This course covers differential and integral calculus, and emphasizes
conceptual understanding, computations, and applications. It is taught
in multiple sections, with twiceweekly lectures of 70 students and
twiceweekly recitations of 35 students.
(4 credits)
MAT132: Calculus II
This course follows MAT131, and covers applications of integrations,
infinite series, and differential equations. The course usually has
fewer students in the Spring semester. Students in MAT132 who want to
take a second math course concurrently should consider
MAT211.
(4 credits)
The 141142 sequence is the Honors sequence and is intended for highly
motivated students. It takes two semesters and uses a textbook that
is more theoretical and explores foundational ideas.
MAT141: Honors calculus I
This course is an enriched version of MAT131, with a greater emphasis on the
underlying theory of calculus. It is taught in two sections, with
twiceweekly lectures of 70 students and twiceweekly recitations of
35 students.
(3 credits)
MAT142: Honors calculus II
This course is an enriched version of MAT132, with a greater emphasis on the
underlying theory of calculus. There are twiceweekly lectures and
twiceweekly recitations of 30 students. Students in MAT142 who want
to take a second math concurrently course should consider
MAT211.
(3 credits)
The AMS151161 sequence is the applied sequence. It uses an
applicationsoriented textbook and is intended for highly motivated
students, particularly those in engineering. It takes two semesters
and is taught in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department.
AMS151: Applied calculus I
This is a singlevariable calculus course that uses extensive
applications for motivation. There are two classes, each with 40
students, which use collaborative learning with little lecturing. The
course is intended primarily for CEAS majors. It is taught only in the
Fall.
(3 credits)
AMS161: Applied calculus II
This is a continuation of AMS151, with sections of 40 students using collaborative learning and little lecturing. It is taught only in the Spring.
(3 credits)


