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what college classes should i take out of these [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2006, 09:43
i am a young college student and am planning to take the gmat in a couple years. i am planning on taking atleast one math a semester. After i take calculus 1, what classes (because some of these are more specific) would most likely enforce concepts i need for the gmat. Also, assuming i fully understand each course, what order would you do them in. As you can see from the list below I am overwhelmed with options and my entire course taking interest is to prepare for the gmat. assume i can take 6 or 7 MAs (maths) before the GMAT and as many STs (Statistics)
MA 101 - Intermediate Algebra
MA 103 - Topics in Contemporary Mathematics
MA 105 - Mathematics of Finance
MA 111 - Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
MA 114 - Introduction to Finite Mathematics with Applications
MA 222 - Applied Discrete Mathematics
MA 241 - Calculus II
MA 242 - Calculus III
MA 301 - Introduction to Differential Equations
MA 302 - Numerical Applications to Differential Equations
MA 303 - Linear Analysis
MA 305 - Elementary Linear Algebra
MA 308 - College Geometry
MA 325 - Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MA 335 - Symbolic Logic
MA 341 - Applied Differential Equations I
MA 351 - Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Models
MA 402 - Computational Mathematics: Models, Methods and Analysis
MA 403 - Introduction to Modern Algebra
MA 405 - Introduction to Linear Algebra and Matrices
MA 407 - Introduction to Modern Algebra for Mathematics Majors
MA 408 - Foundations of Euclidean Geometry
MA 410 - Theory of Numbers
MA 412 - Long-Term Actuarial Models
MA 413 - Short-Term Actuarial Models
MA 416 - Introduction to Combinatorics
MA 421 - Introduction to Probability
MA 425 - Mathematical Analysis I
MA 427 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
MA 437 - Applications of Algebra
ST 311 - Introduction to Statistics
ST 412 - Long-Term Actuarial Models
ST 413 - Short-Term Actuarial Models
ST 546 - Probability and Stochastic Processes I
ST 561 - Intermediate Econometrics
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 17:47
You do not need to take a bunch of math classes to do well on the GMAT, certainly not a math course each semester! If you're a math major, sure. But you do NOT need that much math in college to prep for the GMAT. GMAT math includes permutations and combinations, so a statistics course is good, but if you're already good at algebra, you don't need more than the calc class you'd take for your degree requirements (and calc is higher than algebra). You need one stats class, not a ton.

Prep diligently for the GMAT, but don't take it that seriously that you load up your college curriculum on unnecessary courses. Take courses that will help you in career (it will last a whole lot longer than your GMAT test) and that interest you personally. Get a well-rounded education.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2006, 18:07
Hi cavemandan, the only classes useful for the GMAT are:

MA416(required if you want to score in the higher end of quant)
MA421(required if you want to score in the higher end of quant)
ST311(could be used but rather rarely)

I believe those are more or less classes directly related to the GMAT. The GMAT is nothing more than college, or even pre-college math so most of the classes on the list are already beyond the scope of the GMAT. For the rest, take classes that you may like rather than classes geared for the GMAT particularly. I did not have any probability/combination/permutation background when I first started studying for the GMAT but I eventually learned it. Furthermore, I can tell you that I forgot how to do most of those probability questions already as I learned it only for the purpose of the GMAT. I nonetheless ended up with a reasonable 49/51 in quant (91%). All and all, it is a bit early to worry about the GMAT :wink:

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