Do You Need Multivariable Calculus for Linear Algebra  Distance Calculus
Short answer: No, you do not need to take Multivariable Calculus before you take Linear Algebra.Course Level  DMAT # 


Freshman Core 
253  Calculus I  4  
263  Calculus II  4  
Freshman HONORS 
254  HONORS Calculus I  5  
264  HONORS Calculus II  5  
255  HONORS Calculus I+II For Data Science  5  
Applied Calculus 
201  Calculus for Business  3  
202  Calculus for Life Science  3  
Before Calculus 
135  Precalculus with Trigonometry  4  
125  Introductory Statistics ^{*Spring 2024}  4  
145  Finite Mathematics ^{*Spring 2024}  3  
225  Discrete Mathematics ^{*Spring 2024}  4 
Course Level  DMAT # 


Sophomore Core 
355  Multivariable Calculus  4  
321  Differential Equations  3  
335  Linear Algebra  4  
311  Probability Theory  3  
Sophomore HONORS 
356  HONORS Multivariable Calculus  5  
322  HONORS Differential Equations  4  
336  HONORS Linear Algebra  5  
337  HONORS Linear Algebra for Data Science  5  
Upper Division 
431  Abstract Algebra ^{*Spring 2024}  4  
451  Differential Geometry ^{*Spring 2024}  4 
We recommend to students that they consider completing Multivariable Calculus first, then engaging Linear Algebra, but it is not at all necessary to complete these courses in that order. Many students find great success by taking both courses together, or taking Linear Algebra first, then completing Multivariable Calculus.
Some students appreciate the "cognitive break" that Linear Algebra provides from the study of calculus, and returing to Multivariable Calculus after completing Linear Algebra is sometimes a nice walk through the sophomore level subjects.
Here are some videos to explore our Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra courses.
Linear Algebra Course Introduction
Multivariable Course
Calculus 2 Introduction
Distance Calculus  Student Reviews
Date Posted: Jun 6, 2020
Review by: Douglas Z.
Courses Completed: Multivariable Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory
Review: I loved these courses. So in depth and comprehensive. The mix of software and math curriculum was tremendously helpful to my future studies and career in engineering. I highly recommend these courses if you are bored of textbook courses.
Transferred Credits to: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Date Posted: Jun 2, 2021
Review by: Samuel H.
Student Email: samuel.howell@g.fmarion.edu
Courses Completed: Linear Algebra
Review: Nothing but praise for Dr. Curtis. He's an excellent professor who is very responsive and knowledgeable. I did this course at night while working fulltime, and I often skyped him late in the evening with questions. He never took long to respond, regardless of when it was. I finished this course in about a month and a half, and I worked for it. For those looking for an easy A, this is not it. You will have to put in serious work, but you will come out of the course with a good understanding of the material, especially if you apply yourself throughout the entirety of the course.
Transferred Credits to: Francis Marion University
Date Posted: Feb 28, 2020
Review by: Teddy M.
Courses Completed: Precalculus, Calculus I
Review: Pros: once you get going, you can go really fast. The visual textbook is pretty cool. The instructors were very responsive. Cons: the movies are great, but the software crashes more than it should. Sometimes it is just a hassle doing things in the software instead of on paper, but once I got used to the software, it was ok.
Transferred Credits to: Texas Christian University