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Importance of calculus for Wharton

alluristealluriste Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in University of Pennsylvania
I heard that Wharton acceptees tend to have very solid backgrounds in math, including Calc BC by junior year.

Can any current/future Wharton students confirm this?

This is somewhat alarming for me, because I have only taken up to Calc AB as a junior...and Penn is certainly my first choice!
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Replies to: Importance of calculus for Wharton

  • loldanielolloldanielol Posts: 534Registered User Member
    You're fine. You don't need BC by junior year to get into Wharton.
  • Ahmed315Ahmed315 Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    UPenn's Wharton is my 1st choice too.If I get accepted that is.If I submit Math Level 1 and Chemistry scores,won't I be accepted?What are the average Math Level and Chemistry Subject scores at UPenn's Wharton School Of Business?
  • dfree124dfree124 Posts: 3,712- Senior Member
    ^ Math level II would be better.

    Also, you aren't very clear, because in your statement you say, "f I submit Math Level 1 and Chemistry scores,won't I be accepted?" Which is clearly not true at all.

    The average SAT subject test scores aren't released, but for Wharton I would bet that for Math II the score is in the mid 700s.
  • accordingtomeaccordingtome Posts: 193Registered User Junior Member
    It doesn’t matter if you take calculus AB or BC. Obviously taking a higher math class MAY give you an advantage, but you’re not going to be rejected just because you didn’t take BC. I’m taking AB my senior year and I got accepted into Wharton ED.
  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights Posts: 1,668Registered User Senior Member
    You need to know how to take derivatives for BPUB 250, and I really think that's it.
  • alluristealluriste Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    Phew, that is a relief.

    Thank you for the helpful + assuring responses, everyone!
  • PoemePoeme Posts: 1,329Registered User Senior Member
    Plenty of people I know in Wharton did not take Calc BC in high school. You should take it if it's available, but if it's not it will not be held against you. I would give the same advice to anyone applying to any school of Penn as well.

    You don't have to be that dedicated to math to do well in Wharton. Plenty of people start out in Math 104. You need to be proficient and comfortable with calculus from what I understand, but no further knowledge is really required. There seems to be a lot of talk about optimization problems using of Lagrange multipliers in BPUB 250, but those are pretty basic methods which are developed in multivariable calculus.

    While there are some people in Wharton who really enjoy math and choose to complete further studies in it, most students seem to stop after Math 104, which is the first semester of calculus here. So if you did well on the Calc AB test and got into Wharton, you would just have to take that one math class.

    As for subject tests, I think Math II is recommended.
  • IvygolferIvygolfer Posts: 528Registered User Member
    Will it be a boost if I double up on math my Sr year (calc bc + ap stats)? I am on the advanced math track in my hs meaning I am a year ahead so my Jr. year (this year) I am taking a dual credit business calculus course so calc bc will technically be my second year of calculus.
  • Keasbey NightsKeasbey Nights Posts: 1,668Registered User Senior Member
    Poeme, BPUB 250 doesn't ever force you to use Lagrange multipliers to do optimizations. The optimizations given on homeworks and tests are always doable via calc AB-style substitution.
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