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Name on Math degree, what is better: Applied or general?

  1. Dec 13, 2014 #1
    So I want to go into applied mathematics, I can either get a general math degree or an "applied and computational" degree. Does the degree title make a difference?

    The general math degree I can graduate a term sooner with, the main differences in the courses is that for the applied and computational degree I take a numerical analysis sequence and don't get credit for some of the theoretical courses I took .
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
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  3. Dec 13, 2014 #2
    Do the general one, you can always do research in applied math with a pure math degree.
  4. Dec 13, 2014 #3
    Course wise I am still going to be exiting with two terms of abstract algebra, 2 terms of advanced calculus and a years worth of real analysis so in terms of theory I won't be short on it. It's more an issue of degree title, which has more value?
  5. Dec 13, 2014 #4
    Depends. If you want to do grad school in Math probably the Math degree. If you want to get a job probably applied math. Either way, as long as you have the coursework and good GREs you'll probably be fine for grad school.
  6. Dec 14, 2014 #5
    Is that a two year course? Can you take the numerical sequence after its conclusion? That would be my preference.
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