Me + Math Major = Success?
April 14, 2012 9:54 AM Subscribe
Do you have to be "inherently" good at math to successfully major in math as an undergrad?
posted by lobbyist to Education (27 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So, I've recently decided that I'd like to pursue an Economics major.
I've heard from various professors at my school, however, that it's absolutely "in my best interest" to supplement this with a math double major (basically a prof. told me that any Econ/Finance related job or grad program would require a stronger math set than anything else).
I'm really not opposed to this idea at all; in fact, reading some of the other math related threads on here has very much encouraged me, as I see that the major can lead to an endless number of interesting careers/opportunities…
I just don't know whether or not I can handle it. I would say my aptitude for math/numbers is definitely above average—I aced my AP Calculus class in high school and I’m currently doing great in an intro stats class—but I realize that this offers no indication to how well I will do in advanced, more logic/proof based classes.
My “worst fear” here would be to get half way through the major, take some 300-level Vector Analysis class or something, hit a wall and then spend the rest of the semester wondering what the fuck I’ve gotten myself into. For scheduling/time reasons, I have zero interest in a minor in math; my approach here is all—the major—or nothing.
So metafilter: help me out here! Is a math major doable for someone who isn’t naturally gifted in math? Can I fight through, or do upper-level, proof based classes require some sort of skill-set or conceptual understanding that I just don’t have/will never have?
Thank you so much.