Validating upper level math courses

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  1. 1mathboy1

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    How does an entering midshipman validate upper level math classes such as linear algebra, real analysis, and topology? I know that in basic training, they only have validation tests for lower level classes. Do they take validation tests in the time between the end of basic training and the start of the academic year? Also, in a related question, can an entering midshipman choose his course schedule/add classes, if he validated a lot of the standard course sequence?
     
  2. osdad

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    It's doubtful that you can validate upper level classes. If your professors do find you proficient they can recommend that you switch to another level. For example, my 2/C's roomate speaks fluent Russian. In one of her mid-level classes, the Prof recommended that she move up to a more advanced level. I doubt she got credit for the class she left but I don't know for sure.

    But I recommend asking the Dept Chair directly. Dr. Price: email glp@usna.edu
     
  3. COmom

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    USNA will test you sequentially in math classes during the summer. If you validate Calc 1 and 2, you'll get tested for 3 and so on. (A plebe I know began at Calc 4 this year.) As for other math classes, work within the department for further validation or credit. The more freshman classes you validate, the more room is opened up for upper level classes. An adviser will meet with you to help you set up a schedule. As for languages, they can also be validated and credit used towards a language minor.
     
  4. nuensis

    nuensis USNA 2016

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    You can always meet with the department. College transcript, a class syllabus, course work, papers you've written, etc. may help your case.

    You can choose your own courses and enter preferences for sections at preregistration and registration. Usually plebes don't have any choices as far as courses go, but if you validate a lot of stuff and have free space, sure. I used my free space to take language classes.
     
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    Thanks for the info! @osdad: I sent an email to the professor on monday, unfortunately no response so far.
     

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