# Math classes

<p>I know that top MBA programs look for quantitative aptitude in applicants, particularly quantitative classes taken during undergrad and grades in those classes (and of course the quant part of the GMAT).</p>

<p>I'm an econ major at UCLA (taking accounting courses too), and besides econ and accounting, my quantitative coursework includes 2 quarters of math (got a C and a B), and 1 quarter of stats (got a B+).</p>

<p>I'm concerned about the C I got in my 1st calculus class. Should I take another higher math class (Calc 3) to make up for it? I'm also considering an econometrics class; if I take that and do well, will it offset the C in Calc 1, or is it really better that I take Calc 3 regardless?</p>

<p>i would recommend taking calc iii even if you didnt do poorly earlier. Calc iii is essential to understanding multivariable models, i know my school requires it to graduate as an economics major</p>

<p>I'm already deep into my upper div econ classes and learned how to do multivariate differentiation in my 1st microecon theory class. Calc 3 here includes not just multivariate differentiation but also vector calculus; it's not required for econ majors. But I will take it if it will increase my chances of getting into a top MBA program (considering that C in Calc 1).</p>

<p>Many engineering programs don't require Linear Algebra but some profs assume that you have it or that you'll learn it on the fly. Differential equations can also help. Did you take mathematical statistics?</p>

<p>Calculus III topics from a very old copy of Salas and Hille:</p>

<p>Vectors and vector calculus
Functions of Several Variables, Gradients
Multiple Integrals</p>

<p>No I didn't take mathematical stats; the stats I had was basically an intro to stats. I might take econometrics though next year.</p>

<p>Econometrics would be more helpful for the actual course content of an MBA. It's not like anyone can say to what extent taking Calc III is going to undo what happened in Calc I. What's done is done. However, if you do well in Calc III, it could make Calc I look like an anomoly, but every school will judge this differently; there's no clear-cut, obvious answer.</p>