Prospective Students
Your Success in the Core Mathematics Curriculum Begins Here  
What is the Fundamental Concepts Exam (FCE)? Cadets enter the US Military Academy with different math backgrounds. To successfully begin work in their math/science/engineering (MSE) courses at USMA, incoming cadets must arrive with the knowledge of certain mathematical skills and concepts. The FCE is designed to test those skills. All cadets are required to pass the test and demonstrate mastery of its topics before moving on to higher math courses.

Sample Fundamental Concepts Exams 
Have You Already Taken Calculus? If you are a high school student who is currently taking or has already taken single variable calculus (Calc I or Calc II) then you may be able to validate single variable calculus and enroll in the Advanced Core Mathematics Program at West Point. For more information on this opportunity, follow this link. 

Curriculum Renowned as the world’s premier leader development institution, West Point accomplishes its mission by developing cadets intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually, and socially. Recent acknowledgments of our success include Forbes.com pronouncing West Point as the Best Public College or University in America for undergraduate education, U.S. News and World Report announced its “2011 America’s Best Colleges Rankings” with West Point the “Top Public Liberal Arts College” for the third consecutive year, and the Princeton Review designating the Academy as one of the 100 Best Value Colleges for 2009. The Academic Program consists of 26 core courses which establish the foundation for elective courses that permit cadets to explore in greater depth more than 40 majors. All cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are fully prepared to meet the intellectual requirements of a leader in today's Army. The Department of Mathematical Sciences is a multidisciplinary department teaching four semesters of Core Math (math modeling, differential calculus, integral calculus, and probability and statistics) to the entire freshmen and sophomore classes, as well as and elective courses in mathematical sciences and operations research. The department offers a Mathematical Sciences major, Operations Research major, and an Applied Statistics and Network Science minor. In addition to successful completion of coursework and research requirements in the Electives Program, all cadets must complete the 26 core courses, and complete a threecourse engineering sequence in one of seven engineering fields. For Operations Research majors, the systems core engineering requirement is imbedded in their program as part of this dual program shared by the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Systems Engineering. Concentrated study in our programs support the goal to prepare graduates to enter an increasingly technical world as an officer in the Army. 