Calculus I (Math 1420)

Calculus I (Math 1420) Placement Information

If you plan to take calculus you will need permission to enroll in this course.  In order to receive permission, you may need to take certain pre-calculus courses.  We offer three college level pre-calculus courses that prepare you for calculus:

  • Math 1410 (Elementary Functions)
  • Math 1314 (Pre-Calculus Algebra)
  • Math 1316 (Plane Trigonometry)

 Use the following guidelines to determine if you can enroll in Math 1420.

You are automatically cleared to enter Math 1420 if you satisfy one of these requirements:

  • C or better in Math 1410. High school equivalents do not count.
  • C or better in Math 1314 and C or better in Math 1316. High school equivalents do not count.
  • A or B in high school A/B calculus.
  • Instructor permission
  • You are eligible to take the placement exam (see below) and you receive a 70% or better on your first or second attempt of the placement exam.

You may take the placement exam if you satisfy one of these requirements:

  • Incoming freshmen who has a 75 or above in high school pre-calculus.
  • Second-semester freshmen without 1314, 1316, or 1410 on their transcript.
  • Special permission from the department chair to take the exam.

If you believe that you are eligible to take the placement exam, you must contact Lisa Langlais for instructions either by email at lml011@shsu.edu or by phone at 936-294-4574.

 If you do not receive permission to enroll in calculus, you must enroll in a pre-calculus course.

You may enroll in 1410 if you satisfy one of these requirements

  • 1st-year student with a high school pre-calculus grade that is below 75.
  • Returning (not transfer) students that haven't been in high school in a while.


You must take 1314 and 1316 if you were required to take a developmental math class.