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Math in Business Majors

hotpotato1092hotpotato1092 Posts: 228Registered User Junior Member
edited August 2012 in Business Major
So basically, how much math and what level of math are involved in main business majors (i.e accounting, finance, marketing, management etc...) I don't know all of the common business majors, so just fill in for what you know. I'm a potential business major, but I'd prefer to avoid calculus as much as possible, but really now I just want to know how much math and what type of math is involved in each of the main business majors.
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  • Socal70Socal70 Posts: 326Registered User Member
    typical business calculus and statistics for general business majors.
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    The most you'll generally need is Calculus I, and some schools provide you a watered down version of Calc1 (they give it a nicer name and say it's a business applied version of calculus). However, Calculus I isn't that hard. Also, as stated, probably a statistics course.
  • KimmyUNTDallasKimmyUNTDallas Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    Hi! I’m a general business major in my senior year. I don’t remember what I took for math in my freshman & sophomore years but as a jr/senior, I’ve taken 2 statistics courses. It’s also worth mentioning that I’ve had to take 2 finance courses – which contain a lot of math and formulas.
  • Schwam123Schwam123 Posts: 16Registered User New Member
    Kimmy, I'm thinking about majoring in finance. How difficult would you say those courses were?
  • FutureVpFinanceFutureVpFinance Posts: 1,671Registered User Senior Member
    don't some colleges require calc 2 as well?
  • Sligh_AnarchistSligh_Anarchist Posts: 2,193Editor Senior Member
    I am sure there are some business schools that require calculus 2, but honestly, it's no different than calculus 1. You tackle limits, derivatives, and the fundamental theorem first semester. By second semester, you tackle more integration, sequences, and series. Both are computational classes -- nothing difficult.
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member

    I actually thought CalculusI was pretty abstract, but I do agree with you that CalculusII was concrete.
  • LastThreeYearsLastThreeYears Posts: 480Registered User Member
    Without math you can't understand finance. You need to know partial differential equations and C programming to even begin understanding what real finance is all about.
  • ijamjlijamjl Posts: 347Registered User Member
    Well, don't scare him/her like that.
  • Sligh_AnarchistSligh_Anarchist Posts: 2,193Editor Senior Member
    ijmaljl wrote:
    I actually thought CalculusI was pretty abstract, but I do agree with you that CalculusII was concrete.

    First semester calculus can seem abstract if you are seeing it for the first time. But it's not "abstract" in the strict mathematical sense of the word.
  • snoparabolasnoparabola Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    You don't need to know partial differential equations unless you're studying financial mathematics - entirely different from finance.
  • famafrenchfamafrench Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    I think you are missing the point, which is, it really depends on the business major. Honestly, I don't think math is all that important in something like marketing or management. But with finance, the more math you can take, the better. Most math can be tied to finance in some way.
  • kl1996kl1996 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    hi everyone,
    i am currently in the first few months of IB and at university i want to major in business management at the undergraduate level and at the graduate level i want to do corporate law, so my questions are

    1) i am doing math sl as of now but i am finding it hard and i dint do so well in the first two test so i want to dop down to math studies so is that level of math ok or will i have to stick to what im doing?
    2) for corporate law do u need alot of math ? i am not doing anything with finance so...
    3) do universities such as NYU, UCLA, UT AUSTIN , COLOMBIA prefer math sl or studies?
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