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Mathematics requirements

Details of maths required for admission

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.

Required maths vary per major

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. Different majors require different kinds of skills in maths. You can find which type of maths is required per major in the section below.

  • Maths requirements for Sciences majors

    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
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 6 or 7 in International Baccalaureate Standard Level Mathematics, or a Grade 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate Mathematics Higher Level
      • Grade 5 or higher in Analysis & Approaches Higher Level, or Grade 6 or higher in Applications & Interpretation Higher Level, or Grade 6 or higher in Analysis & Approaches
        Standard Level
    • Grade 3 or higher, AP Calculus AB, examined by the College Board
    • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur
    • Aa final grade of 15 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 14 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat

    * 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.

  • Maths requirements for Social Sciences majors

    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)*
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 6 or higher, International Baccalaureate Mathematics, Standard Level
      • Grade 5 or higher in Applications & Interpretation Higher, or Grade 5 or higher in Analysis & Approaches 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 final grade of 15 or higher in Complimentary, or a final grade of 14 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 13 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat

    * 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.

  • Maths requirements for Humanities majors

    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)*
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 7, International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies
      • Grade 4 or higher in Analysis & Approaches Standard Level, or Grade 7 in Applications & Interpretation Standard Level
    • Grade A, (I)GCSE maths (7 or higher in new grading scheme)
    • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur
    • A final grade of 14 or higher in Complimentary, or a final grade of 13 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 12 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat
    • 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.

Advice on meeting the maths requirements

If there is any chance that you will want to change major once you are at AUC, make sure that you already meet, or have a detailed plan on how you will eventually meet, the maths requirements for all your desired major options before you start your AUC studies. 

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 start date. AUC will advise you on the size of any maths deficiency you might have and give you advice on how you can fill it in order to meet the requirements (see link below for advice on filling gaps in your maths skills).