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Graduate Programs (applied math) for Non-Math Majors

  1. Nov 8, 2008 #1
    A little over a year ago I graduated from a state school (Western Michigan University) with a double major in Film and Archeology. I have always liked math but was more focused on film. This summer I started studying math on my own and placed into a pre calculus class at a city college. I am doing very well in this class and would like to continue studying math. Next semester I will be taking calc 1 and I was asked to TA for a college algebra class at the city college. All this semester I have been a tutor for algebra students. I am wondering what plan of action I should take to get accepted into an applied math masters program. I am not too keen on getting a second bachelor’s degree, but I would if that was a deal breaker. Are there any sort of “bridge programs" to get student’s ready for grad school in an unrelated major or should I just tough out a second degree?
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  3. Nov 8, 2008 #2
    at calc 1 you're still a long way from enough coursework to be a math grad student. take the necessary classes, the gre subject and quantitative and apply. someone will take you.
  4. Nov 9, 2008 #3
    Math I needed for my physics degree:

    Calc 1-3 (limits, derivatives, integrals, sequences, and series)
    Multivariable calculus
    Linear Algebra (similar to the algebra you did, but not the same, although you could handle it at this point)
    Differential equations

    And then I picked up a lot of math along the way in various physics classes, like learning complex analysis, Fourier tranforms/series, crap, I don't even remember all of it now.

    And you'll need a few more for a math degree. So you've got a long way to go. ;)

    Just keep at it. I took most of that math at community college before transferring to a university. You could also ask the math professors at your college what they did and what you should do.
  5. Nov 9, 2008 #4
    Thanks for the help. It looks like it's time for another degree. Hopefully I won't have to retake all my gen-eds.
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