Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Admission requirements?

You must complete the lower division requirements with the following GPAs:

  • CGPA, UDGPA, subject GPA and subject UDGPA must be greater than or equal to 2.0 to declare a major3.0 to declare a honours2.0 to declare the Math Minor.
  • We sometimes approve students who have completed as few as 2 to 4 required courses, if their grades are very good (B to A range).

To request/discuss admission into a mathematics program, please meet in person with the undergraduate academic advisor.

To view lower division course requirements, see here.

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2. Admission deadlines?

 There are no admission deadlines. However, applications submitted during busy times (enrolment, beginning of semester, etc.) will take longer to process.

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3. Assessment testing. (meet pre-requisites for Math 150/151/154/157 or Math 100/190)

If you do not meet the pre-requisites for Math 100 or 190, you may write the Q Placement Test to qualify for enrolment. This test will also assign FAN to your academic record, if needed. Test details and registration instructions are shown here

If you do not meet the pre-requisites for Math 150/151/154/157 or 130, you may write the Calculus Readiness Test to qualify for enrolment. Test details and registration instructions are shown here. (even if you pass this test you must have FAN on your record to qualify for the listed courses).

Both tests are typically offered in the beginning, middle, and end of each term.The websites linked above show upcoming test dates.

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4. What is the difference between Math 150/151/154/157?

They are all version of calculus I.

  • Math 150/151 are calculus courses for sciences and applied sciences (Math 150 has a review component, Math 151 does not)
  • Math 154 is a calculus course for life sciences (BISC, etc.)
  • Math 157 is a calculus course for social sciences (ECON, BUS)
These courses require different pre-requisite grades in Math 12 or Math 100.
 
Be sure that you check with your program advisor before making your course selection.
 

5. What is FAN and how do I satisfy it?

  • If you require help enrolling in the SFU FAN X99 course, contact the mathematics advisor (please read ALL relevant FAQs first) (if you contact the advisor, please make sure to indicate the error message the enrolment system is giving you). 
  • If you want to register for the Q Placement Test, visit the test website here

6. I have FAN on my transcript but I can't enrol in Math 100 or 190. What do I do?

There is a distinction between FAN that is derived from a transfer course, and the actual SFU FAN X99 course. Your issue with enrolment may be because you have FAN derived from a transfer course, but not the actual SFU FAN X99 course. You can contact an advisor for clarification. 

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7. Enrolling in Math 190 after taking calculus? 

If you have completed, or have in progress, all other academic requirements for the PDP admission application, please contact the Mathematics Advisor during drop-in advising hours or send an email (math_advice@sfu.ca) to seek permission to enroll in MATH 190.

Intended PDP students are the only students we allow to enrol in Math 190 after having done calculus.

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8. Other programs enrolling in Math 190?

Students who do not have the required course prerequisite (Pre-calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 (or equivalent) with a grade of at least B) and/or do not meet the prerequisite to enroll in Q courses must either pass the Quantitative Placement Test or complete the SFU FAN X99 course with a minimum grade of C.

Students who have been away from the mathematics classroom for several years are encouraged to take the SFU FAN X99 course prior to Math 190.

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9. Missing official pre-requisites but taken a course elsewhere that you feel should qualify?

Have you submitted your transcripts to SFU Admissions? What credit (if any) did they assign? This is the way you should start the process of meeting course pre-requisites.

It may be necessary to bring, email or fax a copy of your transcripts to the Mathematics Advisor.  You may also need to attach the course outlines for the math courses that you have previously taken.  Clearly state your name, your SFU student number, and the SFU MATH course(s) in which you wish to enroll on this documentation. 

Note: the evaluation of this documentation can take 1 to 2 weeks. Possibly longer during busy times. You will be notified of the evaluation results via your SFU email account.

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10. Time conflict between two courses. What do I do?

If you are already enrolled in course A and you want to enrol into course B (a math/macm course that has a time conflict with course A) you need to get the course B instructor's permission to enrol. 

The instructor may give this permission by signing a course conflict form, found on our website here. Once signed, the student should deliver the form to the mathematics undergraduate advisor. The instructor may also give permission via email, in which case you should forward the email chain to the mathematics undergraduate advisor.

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11. Graduation progress. What do I check it?

The Mathematics Advisor is available to review degree progress with you. Please call (778.782.4980) to make an appointment.

If possible, book these appointments for the second month of the term to avoid the crowd!

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12. 6th (or more) repeat? What to do!

Requests for sixth or subsequent duplicates are reviewed by the Faculty where the student’s program is administered, e.g. Computing Science majors must apply to the Faculty of Applied Science.  Contact your department/faculty to start the process.

If you are not a student in the Department of Mathematics, and if the math/macm course in question has previously been taken a single time only (including any equivalent courses), then you do not need the Mathematics Department's permission.

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13. 3rd attempt at a math/macm course? What to do!

All students requesting permission to take a Math (100 – 400 level) or MACM (200 – 400 level) course for the third time are required to submit a Third Time Permission application to the Mathematics Advisor.

The deadline to submit this application is one week prior to the first day of classes of the term in which you wish to repeat the course.  

This application is not guaranteed approval. Also, please make note of all SFU deadlines and all policies related to repeating courses. Application results will not be given until all grades are posted for the term directly preceeding the repeat term.
Please contact the Mathematics Advisor for additional assistance.

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14. Second degree student needing to enrol in a MATH/MACM course on the basis of courses from your previous degree?

If you wish to have your courses from a previous degree assessed so that you may be given a registration clearance, you will need to email transcripts in English from the previous institution to the Mathematics Advisor. Also attach the course outlines for all math courses that you have previously taken. 

Clearly state your name, your SFU student number, and the MATH course(s) in which you wish to enroll.

Note that the evaluation of this documentation can take 1 to 2 weeks, during busy times longer. You will be notified of the evaluation results via your SFU email account.

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