There are some misconceptions circulating in Alberta about how much acceptance universities will give to our new Math 30-2 course. This post is an attempt to clear up those misconceptions.

It is true that the University of Alberta will not accept 30-2 for Nursing. This is the only place where we should be disappointed. It is my understanding that their concern is that Nursing is in the Faculty of Science, and Math 30-1 is required for the Faculty of Science, even though those in Nursing do not need to take Calculus. Their concern is that a student could switch out of Nursing to another program in the Faculty of Science, and not be prepared for the Calculus required there.

The bottom line is that there is much broader acceptance for 30-2 than we ever had for Math 30 Applied. The University of Calgary has not only said that they will take Math 30-2 for nursing, but they have added the stipulation that they “prefer” it to Math 30-1. For the most updated information on what the Universities are accepting, you can go to this site. This site is continually updated as more institutions and faculties make decisions about what they will accept.

If you clicked on the link above, you probably noticed that nothing on that site mentions the Faculty of Education yet. Since that Alis site didn’t mention Education, I spent some time this morning on the University of Alberta website. Here is what I discovered.

It looks like Math 30-2 will be fine for Elementary Education and Secondary Education degrees that do not have math or science majors or minors.

Mathematics 30-2 may be used for admission to the Faculty of Education. However, only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 will be used for admission purposes.

**Secondary Education, English Language Arts Major**

Mathematics 30-2 may be used for admission to the Faculty of Education. However, only one of Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 will be used for admission purposes.”

For a minor in

Mathematics/Science, students must present Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course. Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course do not have to be included in the five 30-level courses used for admission, but are required for the Mathematics/Science minor courses for which Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course are prerequisites.

**Secondary Education, Math Major**

For a major in

Mathematics, students must present Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course. Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course do not have to be included in the five 30-level courses used for admission, but are required for the Mathematics/Science minor courses for which Pure Mathematics 30 or Mathematics 30-1 and a 30-level science course are prerequisites.

I think the message for our students is as we hoped. If their post secondary program requires Calculus, they need to take Math 30-1. If their post secondary program doesn’t require Calculus, they should take Math 30-2.

on December 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm |Curriculum and PISA | Zero-Knowledge Proofs[…] In my high school world, Alberta significantly modified the -2 stream (Foundations of Mathematics elsewhere in the WNCP). In Alberta, this stream contains much more Algebra. The intent was to get wider acceptance for that stream to programs in University that do not require calculus. It seems to have worked. […]