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Alternatives to Math Studies in the Business Major

charizardpalcharizardpal . Posts: 521 Member
edited April 2007 in Business Major
Okay, I'm attracted to the business major because I want to make money when I grow older. But I neither enjoy math or am particularly gifted at it. Is there a way to bypass doing mathematics (even in economics) in the business major?

And incidently...is the business major a vocational major like computer science? *Waits for feedback*
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Replies to: Alternatives to Math Studies in the Business Major

  • bipolarbearbipolarbear Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    You don't need math to be good at business if you're not going into quantitative fields, hedge funds, trading...etc.

    You can definitely succeed in Investment banking, and although math certainly isnt necessary, banks and bschools like people who have had quantitative coursework

    just improve your math....
  • intel23intel23 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    if you wanna make money go into medicine...
  • stoneimmaculatestoneimmaculate - Posts: 619 Member
    intel23 you obviously have no idea about careers in medicine or business.
  • MNKeeperMNKeeper Registered User Posts: 325 Member
    I was under the impression that most business majors don't need much math? I was looking at the requirements for business majors at the college i'm going to and the highest level of math was only Calculus. I'd be pretty happy if business requires more than that because I'm in Calc 2 right now and I don't want all the math I've taken to go to waste.....
  • alero86alero86 Registered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
    I'm studying in Europe pursuing a degree comparable to a double major in Economics and Business Management.
    As far as I know, in the U.S. you have more choices to select certain courses and not select others, whereas we have a more or less predetermined course syllabus.

    Currently, the "higher" mathematics we have done so far is:
    - multivariate calculus (Calculus 2?);
    - probability
    - statistics

    Well, to understand multivariate calculus, you need to understand normal calculus :D It should come by instinct actually.
    In the beginning I was really, really scared of all the strange symbols, but then realized that they are just there to make everything look more difficult and "mystic".
    Once you've grasped the mechanism and automatized the problem-solving processes (which means that you should get easy with exercises, a bit like when you learn how to drive a car), you'll get the gut feelings and do even more challenging problems quite spontaneously.

    For probability and statistics I'd start being inspired by one of those films like "A beautiful mind", and then read something like "Probability for Dummies".
    The same rule as above applies here, too: don't care about the strange symbols and learn to "automatize".

    As far as my course is concerned, economics is not like engineering which delves into complex geometry, imaginary numbers and other crazy stuff like that.
    However, once you understand them, they can be quite interesting for your personal knowledge :P
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