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  1. #1 What Should I take After Calculus III? 
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    I am going to be taking Calculus III and i need one more math class afterwards. I was just wondering if anybody could suggest which one I should take? Thanks.


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    It depends on what you are interested in and what your career goal is. Also what are the options available?


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    I am a bio major. I took AP calculus BC and opted out of Calc I and II but I need to take two math classes still. Some of the options include linear algebra, set theory and logic, advanced probability theory, diffrential equations and advanced calculus to name a few.
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    Make sure Lin Alg is one of those courses!
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    What exactly does linear algebra entail?
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    If done correctly you will study linear transformations of vector spaces, but often a first couse will focus just on solving systems of equations and getting you used to dealing with matrices. It underpins a lot of useful mathematics, including calculus.
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    You may want to look inot the probability theory classes as well.
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    Differential equations is a useful class and is applicable to a lot of natural sciences, including biology. Not sure about yours but I know that some universities teach a version of it as a single class along with linear algebra. If not, linear algebra can be particularly useful if you plan on doing computational biology or programming at all in your career. I know that probability has a number of applications to biology as well. I suppose it really just depends on where your own personal interests lie, and how you plan to use your degree upon graduation.
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    If you haven't taken Discrete Mathematics, its one of the most fun math courses out there. Its kind of a catch-all of logic, probability, proofs, and other stuff that's useful for programming.
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    Sadly, if you are a Bioscience major, then Probability Theory will be more useful to you. I say sadly as it is extremely boring.

    But if you want to have fun, and have a limited knowledge of calculus, I suggest Linear Algebra - it deals with vector spaces, linear operators and matrices. It is a lot of fun, is not too hard (i.e. is largely intuitive) and requires almost no prior knowledege.

    Plus the subject is extremely important in all exact sciences
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarist View Post
    Sadly, if you are a Bioscience major, then Probability Theory will be more useful to you. I say sadly as it is extremely boring.

    But if you want to have fun, and have a limited knowledge of calculus, I suggest Linear Algebra - it deals with vector spaces, linear operators and matrices. It is a lot of fun, is not too hard (i.e. is largely intuitive) and requires almost no prior knowledege.

    Plus the subject is extremely important in all exact sciences
    As a mathematician I found probability theory one of the most interesting branches. I guess it is a matter of taste.
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