Take College Algebra or Calculus?

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Take College Algebra or Calculus?

by skah-uh » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:07 pm
As a social sciences major with no quantitative courses on my transcript, I'm wondering what classes I might take to shore up my application. I'm presently taking econ and stats at a community college and will get A's. Should I enroll in College Algebra or Calculus next?

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by [email protected] » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:46 am
Well, you might not have a choice, depending on the prerequisites for your college's calculus class. Most schools will require Algebra before calculus or may even offer a pre-calculus course. bottom line is, it would be more attractive to b-schools to have a calculus course as prob&stats (a key component of many business math courses in b-school) have many calculus applications (1st derivative, rate of change, etc.).

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by skah-uh » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:08 am
I do have the choice, in fact, as my high school math satisfies the pre-req for calculus.

I was leaning toward calculus already, simply assuming that it would look better on a transcript. Just want to be sure.

Assuming the rest of my application is great (great GPA, GMAT, work experience, essays -- all-around picture), will I have my quantitative bases covered with courses in introductory stats, microeconomics, and calculus?

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by [email protected] » Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:55 am
Yes by doing those things, you will have demonstrated you are serious about b-school and that you can handle higher math. I applaud your resourcefulness!
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