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Does my undergrad curriculum matter a lot?

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #1
    Hi. I'm currently a sophomore and I am doing a math major with a concentration in statistics. I'm a bit overwhelmed by the amount of courses there are for the major.

    I haven't taken any math classes during my first year, and I just finished up linear algebra (intro level; will be taking upper level linear algebra next semester), multivariable calculus, probability, statistics, and matlab.

    I am meeting with my adviser next week to discuss my courses for next year and I wanted to get as much information as possible before the meeting so that I can make the most of it. I know I'll be taking linear algebra next semester but as for the rest, I'm not sure.

    I am really interested in math, but I don't know if going to grad school and going into academia is right for me, because it seems really overwhelming. I'll most likely try to get a job with just a bachelor's degree or go for a master's.

    Whether it's for the workplace or getting into grad school for a master's in stats, does it really matter what courses I do as an undergrad? There are a lot of courses that I am interested in, but due to time constraints I cannot take them all. How can I take the courses that would be the most useful later? Or is my courseload not very important, as any necessary skills can be picked up with self-teaching and experience?
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