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Dumb Question, Calculating Major GPA

gametheory1gametheory1 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
edited December 2009 in Graduate School
To calculate one's major GPA, does one include the grades received in prerequisites classes?

For instance, I'm majoring in economics, which requires taking a course in multivariable calculus and in statistics. Do grades received in these courses count toward my major GPA?
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Replies to: Dumb Question, Calculating Major GPA

  • crs1909crs1909 Registered User Posts: 1,217 Senior Member
    nope, only econ classes
  • SlorgSlorg Registered User Posts: 2,009 Senior Member
    I think prerequisite courses can be included. It seems to me that the most logical way to calculate your major GPA is to average your grades in the classes required for your major. This presumably includes prerequisite classes.
  • kryptonsa36kryptonsa36 Registered User Posts: 1,735 Senior Member
    Look at the degree chart for your major. All classes listed are considered part of the degree requirements for your major and are what gets included in your major GPA.
  • mapmap Registered User Posts: 322 Member
    I would assume that classes taken to fulfill general university requirements that have a course number in one's major department but that aren't needed as prerequisites and aren't included in the total number of courses needed for the major still should be counted towards one's major GPA.

    Likewise, I'd assume that related courses taken in departments other than one's major department that are included in the course count for the major would also count for one's major GPA.

    Are both these assumptions correct?
  • crs1909crs1909 Registered User Posts: 1,217 Senior Member
    Both assumptions are correct...at least for my school.

    At my school, Calc I (or an approved calculus cours) is a pre-req for Micro but not specifically listed as a requirement for an Econ degree. Since Calc I isn't a requirement for the Econ degree, it doesn't count towards the major gpa. I have seen instances where non-Econ courses are included in an Econ majors gpa, but those courses are almost always statistics classes and they're pre-reqs for upper level econ classes and the stat classes are specifically required for an econ degree.
  • ThePhilosopherThePhilosopher Registered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    Yes: only include classes required for the completion of your major.
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