Location: Texas USA Posts: 6230 Joined: 2008-05-25
Mostly, Gchenson, the folks you'll meet here have tried not to choose something that requires Pre-Calculus. So, you won't have much of a 'database' of opinions. I think that Cheshirekat took Calculus. Maybe she'll be along soon. - jus'
Location: United States Posts: 1861 Joined: 2008-11-14
Hey Gchenson, I'm Kat, welcome! I took both Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry, at my university they let you either take Calc 1 or those two classes to prove "Calculus proficiency." I think I'm about as proficient in Calculus as I am at walking a tightrope, but hey, I got the grades so what does it matter.
Every college is going to be different in its math requirements for degrees. For example, at the university where I got my undergraduate degree, you had to take Pre-Calculus, Trig, Stats 1, and Stats 2 for a degree in Psychology. At other universities you only have to take the general education math classes, there are no extra requirements math-wise. When it comes to undergraduate degrees, there aren't really nation-wide requirements as to what necessarily constitutes a degree in that field.
At the graduate level things become more uniform and stringent because there are often nationally-set requirements for a school's graduate degree program to be accredited by a national board (as is the case for programs in medicine, social work, clinical and counseling psychology, etc.), but at the undergrad level, not so much.
Look into the requirements at your own school and see what is and isn't required math-wise for different degrees. Also, talk to an academic advisor. You might even try talking to 2 different advisers, just to make sure they both tell you the same thing. Some of us on the forum have had the misfortune of finding out that what one advisor told them isn't necessarily the truth.
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer