Mathematics requirement

Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life. At AUC you will start to do the maths and research methods courses that are relevant to your major in your first year, and often in your first semester. You must therefore have good skills in maths when you start at AUC, as you will need those skills from the very first day of class. You must have taken maths as an examination subject at secondary school, and have achieved a good grade in the appropriate level of maths.  In general, the higher your level of maths, the wider your range of options for your major. Please scroll down for more details on the requirements per major -- different majors require different kinds of skills in maths.

If there is any chance that you may want to switch major, make sure you meet the maths requirements for all your desired major options before you start your AUC studies. Changing your major at AUC is not always easy, but it will be impossible if you do not meet the maths requirement.

You can apply to AUC if you are still working on improving your maths, or have not yet taken your final exams. If you are offered a place at AUC it will be on condition that you meet the requirements before your intended starting date. AUC will advise you on the size of any maths deficiency you might have and how you can fill it in order to meet the requirements (see link below).

Boswell-Bèta is AUC's preferred supplier if you need to improve your maths skills or fill a maths deficiency in order to meet the requirements for a major in the Sciences or Social Sciences: follow link below for more information.

Students4You

If you are taking your final secondary school exams this summer and aiming to get the best possible grades, you may be interested in Students4You. This is an organisation set up and run by AUC students (completely independently of AUC) which offers personalised support for exam preparations. Created with prospective AUC students in mind, current AUC students offer tuition in a range of subjects including mathematics, sciences and languages. Follow the link below for more information.

Details of the requirements per major

Sciences

If you want to major in the Sciences, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements. You need to meet these requirements if you want to focus on subjects such as biomedical science, information science, biology, chemistry, maths, physics, earth and environmental sciences:

  • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths B (wiskunde B)*
  • Grade B or higher, GCE A-level maths
  • Grade 6 or higher, International Baccalaureate Mathematics, Higher Level (grade 5 will also often be accepted)
  • Grade 3 or higher, AP Calculus AB, examined by the College Board
  • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur

* A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths B (wiskunde B) may be accepted instead, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

Social Sciences

If you want to major in the Social Sciences, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements. You need to meet these requirements if you want to focus on subjects such as economics, law, political science, anthropology, international relations, sociology:

  • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths level A (wiskunde A)*
  • Grade 6 or higher, International Baccalaureate Mathematics, Standard level
  • Grade A in GCE AS-level maths, or grade C or higher in GCE A-level maths
  • Grade 3 or higher, AP Statistics, examined by the College Board
  • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur

* A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths A (wiskunde A) may be accepted instead, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

Humanities

If you want to major in the Humanities, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements. You need to meet these requirements if you want to focus on subjects such as film, literature, history, culture, philosophy, art history, communication:

  • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths level C (wiskunde C)*
  • Grade 7, International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies
  • Grade A, (I)GCSE maths
  • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur
  • 600 or higher in the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1 or in the mathematics section of the SAT reasoning test (see link below, AUC's College Board code is 6700)

* A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths C (wiskunde C) may be accepted instead, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

12 August 2014