Start Math this Summer

You don’t have to wait until the fall, instead, you can get a head start by joining Summer Edge, our specially designed five-week program which includes taking accelerated Summer Session courses for full academic credit, 25% off summer tuition, residential living, Peer Mentors, and fun.

Next Steps to taking Math this Summer:

  1. Explore the Summer Edge program, including costs, financial aid, housing, etc. Register March 1 - June 15 to get your accounts activated so you can enroll in summer classes instead of waiting for fall.
  2. If you’ve successfully completed a transferable college-level pre-calculus or calculus course, or have a sufficiently high Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus test score, upload your grade or score to the summer math Google form. Even if you have submitted your scores to UCSC for the fall, they will not be processed in time for summer enrollment.
    submit math approval button

  3. If you do not have a transferable college-level pre-calculus or calculus course, or a sufficiently high Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus test score, you will need to complete the Math Placement process using ALEKS PPL. Once you complete the test - wait 3-5 business days for your scores to process, then based on your placement, you will be able to add the appropriate summer course. 

Timeline:

  • As long as you register before June 15, you do not need to stress about the summer timeline. Math courses do not fill to capacity in the summer. There will be seats available for you when you complete the process. 
  • Your summer classes count. They will show in your student account when you enroll in fall. So, taking summer math classes can open the doors to exciting fall courses that have math prerequisites.
  • If your major has series courses, like chemistry, physics, computer science, taking one or two math classes in summer can accelerate the pace of you getting through your series.

Scenarios:

Since Slugs are in all different situations, here are just a few common scenarios to give you some guidance based on how many summer courses you’d like to take. For individual questions, email summeredge@ucsc.edu

Basics:

  • Math 3 is Precalculus
  • Math 11A and 11B, Calculus with Applications 1 and 2, are intended for economics, biology, and Earth sciences majors. 
  • Math 19A and 19B, Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics 1 and 2, are intended for chemistry, engineering, computer science, math, and physics majors (aka the STEM majors)
“Math is my hardest subject so I want to start with Precalc.” You can take:
  • Math 3 and STEV 26 or KRSG 25 in Session 2
“I’m planning on a STEM major and I need to start with Precalc.” You can take:
  • Math 3 and STEV 26 in Session 2 or
  • Math 3 in Session 1, then Math 19A and STEV 26 in Session 2
“I’m planning on a STEM major. I took Precalc already and would like to start Calc this summer.” You can take:
  • Math 19A and STEV 26 in Session 2 or
  • Math 19A in Session 1, then Math 19B and STEV 26 in Session 2 
“I took Calc AP AB and got a 4 or 5.” You qualify to take:
  • Math 19B and STEV 26 in Session 2 or
  • Math 19B in Session 1, then Math 23A in Session 2
"I took Calc AP BC and got a 4 or 5."
  • Math 22 or 23A (check your major requirements) and STEV 26 in Session 2
"I’m planning on an Economics major and feel ready for Calc."
  • Math 11A and STEV 26 in Session 2 or
  • Math 11A in Session 1, then Math 11B in Session 2

If you register for Summer Edge, you can take additional courses too - economics, psychology, art, Japanese, The Oceans, lots of choices online and in person.

Need help picking a plan? Or unable to enroll in the math class you want? We’re here to help! summeredge@ucsc.edu