Effective summer 2015 new Freshman students must be able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) or higher in order to declare their major into Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science (BS degree), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

Students who desire to pursue these majors but are not able place in Calculus I upon admission may be admitted via the STEP (Supported Transition to Excellence Program) pathway and can declare the major in Engineering or Computer Science (BS degree) only after they meet this requirement.  All students planning to pursue Construction Management are admitted via the STEP pathway.  Students wishing to declare Electrical and Computer Engineering may do so after successfully completing MAC 2311 (Calculus I).  Students who desire to pursue Computer Science BS degree but are not able to place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) will be admitted into the Computer Science BA program.  Additionally, the student’s GPA must be 2.00 or higher.

Placement Requirements for MAC 2311 Calculus I, Effective Fall 2018:

(Minimum grade C or better)

Pathway 1:

MAC 1105 (College Algebra)

+  MAC 1147 (Pre Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry): Pre-requisite: MAC 1105


Pathway 2:

MAC 1105 (College Algebra)

+  MAC 1140 (Pre Calculus Algebra): Pre-requisite: MAC 1105

+  MAC 1114 (Trigonometry): Pre-requisite: MAC 1105

You will need to satisfy all the math pre-requisites listed in order to be fully admitted into any of the majors described above. Students wishing to declare Electrical and Computer Engineering may do so after successfully completing MAC 2311 (Calculus I).  Once you meet these requirements, an academic advisor will assist you in admitting you to your selected major.


I. First Time in College (FTIC) Students

Beginning in the summer of 2018, FIU adopted a new math placement model (MPM) which considers, among others, three key variables for predicting the highest course in which a student might be successful, including (1) unweighted overall high school GPA, (2) SAT Quantitative/ACT Math score, and (3) the difficulty of the highest level high school math course in which the student enrolled.  To place in MAC 2311 (Calculus I) the student must have a MPS score of 45 or higher as of October 2021.


II. Dual Enrollment coursework

  •  MAC 1105 College Algebra + MAC 1147 Pre Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
    Pre-requisite: MAC 1105
  • MAC 1105 (College Algebra) + MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra + MAC 1114
    Trigonometry: Pre-requisite: MAC 1105

III. Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

  • Credit for MAC 2311: Calculus AB or BC Exams – score 3 or higher

IV. A Level (Cambridge AICE):

  • Credit for MAC 2311: ‘Further Mathematics’ or ‘Mathematics’ Exams – score A Level.

V. IB (International Baccalaureate)

  • Credit for MAC 2311: Mathematics Exam – score of 5 or higher

VI. CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination)

Pure Mathematics Unit 1 or Unit 2 with scores I, II, III, IV, or V


Once you have submitted your scores the University will review them and determine if you are eligible for placement in Calculus I or higher. For more information on AP, A Level, IB and CAPE equivalencies please go to https://transfer.fiu.edu/transfer-101/credit-by-exam-tables/

* If you are a transfer student i.e. you have previously attended other institutions of higher learning, you may be able to be admitted to your major if you have the following:

  • Transfer credit equivalent to the math placement requirements listed above.
  • Transfer credit equivalent for MAC 2311 Calculus I or higher.
  • Through the test credits described above.

You must provide official transcripts/test results from each institution attended or agency for coursework or examinations to be considered for credit. Transcripts/results must be official, sealed and received by FIU’s Office of Admissions. For more information visit: http://undergrad.fiu.edu/transfer/credit-policy.html

You may need to provide course descriptions to verify transferability and equivalency as directed by your academic advisor. Upon verification, eligibility for admission into engineering and computer science majors will be determined and processed accordingly by the corresponding academic advisor.

If it is determined that a student cannot be placed in Calculus I the student will be admitted via the STEP Pathway and declare the major in Engineering or Computer science only after the listed requirements are met.  In addition the student’s FIU GPA must be at least 2.0 to declare major in engineering or computer science.



Engineering Majors:

Engineering Advising Center
10555 W. Flagler Street – EC 2620
Miami, FL 33174
Ph: 305-348-0273

Computer Science / IT Majors:

CIS Advising Center
11200 SW 8th Street – PG 6 Room 100
Miami, FL 33199
Ph: 305-348-7936