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lumen3141
Registered User Posts: **40** Junior Member

I'm taking Algebra 2 Honors Gifted as a freshman but have a weak foundation in math, so I'm averaging at a low B. I want to double major in Biology and Comparative Government/or International Affairs with a hopes of becoming an interventional cardiologist and going to Columbia. The rest of my courses are rigorous, something I can handle, but math is where I flounder. Could I take IB Math Studies sophomore year and then take Pre-Calculus during the summer of junior year?

I hope on finishing at LEAST AP Calc AB by the time I graduate.

Thank you! :)

I hope on finishing at LEAST AP Calc AB by the time I graduate.

Thank you! :)

## Replies to: Math Studies for STEM major?

22Junior Member40Junior Member2,659Senior MemberIB math studies, SL or HL must be taken during the IB Program years.

40Junior Member2,659Senior MemberWhat classes do you intend to take in 11 and 12th grade to satisfy the IB requirements? You need 3 HL and 3 SL.

36,745Senior MemberIs the oath you suggest (math studies->precalculus ->Calculus ab) truly possible at your school, have you checked with your GC?

40Junior MemberI'm hopefully transferring to a similar IB school next year, I found out Thursday, so I've only discussed how my classes might transfer with my GC. I know someone who is taking Math Studies in their sophomore year now and is hoping to do Pre-Calc this summer and go into AP Calc AB or whatever its IB counterpart is. They aren't hoping to pursue a STEM major though. Would it look bad taking Math Studies, even if it's for a year? Could I even do that, technically?

Thank you!

411MemberI would suggest you to build up your math over the summer by either taking your school’s summer courses (if offered) or use Khan academy. Then you could take pre-cal honors sophomore year then AP cal AB/BC the following two years.

Good luck.

2,659Senior Member36,745Senior MemberYou can self study the elements of Calc AB along with Math SL and take the exam if you wish to have the credit.

40Junior Member116Junior MemberOur super strong math kids took Pre-Calc sophomore, then Calc AB/BC in junior and then IB Math HL Senior.

2,659Senior Memberpre-calc in 10th

Cal BC/ HL year 1 in 11th

HL year 2 in 12rh

My first kid did pre calc in 10th and SL in 11th