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BA in Econ. vs. BS in Econ

rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2006 in Business Major
how much math is involved..say vs. a BS in Econ?
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  • abcboy70abcboy70 Posts: 177Registered User Junior Member
    you're going to be exposed to 2 terms of calculus, 1 term of linear algebra and 2 terms of probablity and statistics and 2 terms of econometrics, regardless of which degree you take (at least in most colleges). Most economics theory courses will also use math to derive theories and problems.

    In a BS economics, you're more likely to be exposed to 2 more required terms of calculus, 1 more linear algebra and a few more upper level statistics courses.
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    i am not a math whiz by any stretch of the imagination. would you say the BA econ is for people who are talented in math?
  • abcboy70abcboy70 Posts: 177Registered User Junior Member
    you definately will need not to be extremely talented in mathematics to study economics (at least in most of the BAs), but it does not hurt to be skillful in math.

    Calculus, algebra, and statistics are essential part of all economics theories (especially statistics), they are unavoidable. BUT, they are not difficult as long as you put effort in them.

    Graduate economics, however, is quite mathematical, so do not, ever, consider graduate economics if you're not a math whiz (literally).

    With that said, an undergraduate economics degree is very useful in its own right, and is very flexbile in the job markets. A research was done earlier and said majority of the sucessful CEO prefers hiring engineers and economist as leaders for their companies. I'll provide the source once I find the article.
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    thanks very much abcboy. how do you know this much? i am a prospective transfer student to either penn state or udel and am considering either economics ba or sociology. i want to work in business in the future (finance, but i cannot get into either business school as a transfer, they do not allow it). that is why i was thinking econ was the best bet, although i am NOT a whiz at math. in jr college i have taken both micro and macro classes already. i am in a stat class right now as well, that i have been told will transfer to either school.
  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent Posts: 5,366Registered User Senior Member
    BA in econ is a liberal arts degree while BS in econ is usually a business degree. Having said that, I think BS would require less math...
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    i have heard that bs has more math
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    anyone???????
  • KhipperKhipper Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
    If you work towards a BA in economics, you will probably have to take a foreign language. A BS degree in economics may require at least one course in accounting.

    Where I went to school, the university offered a BA throught the College of Liberal Arts and a BSBA through the business school. The two schools had different requirement: the BA program required courses in social sciences, the humanities, mass communications and foreign languages (distribution requirements); the distribution requirements for the BSBA included three accounting courses, two in management, two in marketing, economic history and economic geography as well as economics and mathematics. Being a Catholic university there were required courses in philosophy, theology and of course, English composition.

    One nearby Catholic LAC offers both a BA and BS program in economics. The difference there is primarily mathematics and other business subjects (BS program) versus the foreign language requirement (BA program)
  • rightcoastsurfrightcoastsurf Posts: 296Registered User Junior Member
    and what about a sociology? could i be a soc. major and get into the field of business?
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