Prime Sections

What are PRIME  Sections? 

Prime sections are special course offerings available to students who achieved high grades (A- to A+ range) in the listed prerequisites. Prime sections are intended to create a sense of community within the department, and encourage collaboration amongst students with an aptitude for mathematics. 

  • Prime sections are not more difficult than standard course offerings.
  • Midterm and final exams for prime and standard sections are exactly the same.
  • Prime sections are not more work than standard sections. While homework assignements may deviate from those assigned in standard sections, the amount of time required from students is the same. 
  • Prime sections have smaller class capacities than standard sections. 

The Department of Mathematics' own Dr. Jamie Mulholland, Brenda Davison, and Dr. David Muraki chat about Prime sections in this promotional video. If you are directed to supply credentials to view, use your SFU computing ID (your SFU email address without the and password.

How Can Students Register for Prime Sections? 

Eligible students must contact the Undergraduate Advisor via email ( for access to prime sections. 

Students can also contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant via email ( for assistance with enrolment. 


Please note: Spring 2023 MACM 201 Prime is cancelled. MATH 152 Prime is now full.

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