Business Major Steps :P

So by now, anyone who’s replied to any of my previous threads knows I’m COMPLETELY obsessed with math. Due to everyone’s kind and helpful replies, I believe I’ll be able to take higher-level maths in high school than other students. Now, assuming I finish Calculus at the end of my sophomore year in high school, what should I take next if I want to be a business major in college. My dad is a doctor but he says if I want to major in business for college I could take statistics. My dad took Vector Calculus at Phillips (which I don’t know still exists or not) but said his friend took statistics because he wanted to be a business major. So now let’s say I take statistics of some sort in junior year. What should I do in my senior year? I know lots of schools only require 3 credits of maths in high school, but I am really interested in still taking math in my senior year. Overall, what courses in general (not just maths) should I take in high school to prepare for college if I want to be a business major.

Unless you’re aiming to be a finance quant, you won’t need higher level math for a business major. I do, however, agree on taking statistics.


If offered, you might consider taking an economic class just to get a head start and a flavor of what the beginning college course would be like since economics is a requirement for undergraduate business schools. Regarding math, you might consider taking it as far as you can because it is not going to hurt you. In fact, the top undergraduate business schools require at least a 1/2 year of calculus and some require a year of calculus. Some of the more quantitative majors within the business school may require another year of math beyond the first year calculus. Some of the most prestigious investment banking firms, such as Goldman Sachs (which pays some of the highest starting salaries), look for these qualities.

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Many UG business programs (and econ) are getting far more quant based as data analytics is becoming a much bigger deal. Some programs are more quant based than others but not a bad idea to get more math, stats and programming under your belt. Not uncommon for econ to require multivariate calculus and a whole bunch of stats classes.

Whether or not your future school requires it, many top employers are looking for those skills regardless of major.