Linear Matrix Algebra: Calculus 2 Prerequisite
What are the course prerequisites for 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 
Some students are a bit confused by this requirement. Does Linear Algebra do more integration theory from Calculus 2?
No, Linear Algebra turns out to be a completely different subject than is Calculus 2. So why is Calculus 2 the prerequisite?
In Math Education, the reason is explained as to requiring a "mathematical maturity" of the student enrolling in Linear Algebra. While Linear Algebra does not continue the student of integral calculus, per se, it is a conceptually more difficult subject that is not easily engaged by younger students, especially those those who have not completed the freshman calculus sequence of Calculus I and Calculus II.
So, for those students wishing to get ahead and get Linear Algebra in their completed column in their academic plan, you do need to complete Calculus II first, which means also completing Calculus I first, even though Linear Algebra has nothing to do with either course.
Here is a video about our DMAT 311  Linear Algebra course via Distance Calculus @ Roger Williams University:
Linear Algebra Course  DMAT 311
Multivariable Calculus & High School
After AP Calculus for High School Students
Distance Calculus  Student Reviews
Date Posted: Jan 15, 2021
Review by: Rachel H.
Courses Completed: Probability Theory
Review: Dr. Curtis gave helpful and timely feedback, and made the teaching videos very engaging! The course model and associated software was easy to acclimate to.
Transferred Credits to: Cedarville University
Date Posted: Apr 5, 2020
Review by: Catherine M.
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: Calculus I from Distance Calculus was wonderful! I took AB Calculus in high school, but I didn't take the AP Calc exam. Instead I took Calculus I with Distance Calculus, and it was so much better! It was a little review of topics, but not really. I really understood calculus when I finished!
Transferred Credits to: University of Chicago
Date Posted: Jul 25, 2020
Review by: Michael Linton
Student Email: mdl264@cornell.edu
Courses Completed: Calculus I
Review: Amazing professor, extremely helpful and graded assignments quickly. To any Cornellians out there, this is the Calculus Course to take in Summer to fulfill your reqs! I would definitely take more Calculus Classes this way in the future!
Transferred Credits to: Cornell University