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Need help picking math courses for CS.

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Hello. I'm a Computer Science major at a liberal arts college that doesn't require many mathematics courses. So I've decided to minor in mathematics because it seems important. My school gives a lot of freedom on which courses I can take to achieve this minor, and I have no idea which would be the most helpful.

I would especially like to get a job involving simulation programming or AI after I graduate.

So far, I've taken Calc I, Elementary Statistics, and I must take Calc II. I need to pick 3 more classes (I can possibly fit in 1 or 2 more in depending on my schedule) out of these:

Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
College Geom I
College Geom II
Calc III
Calc IV
Intro to Numerical Analysis.
Intro to Mathematical Statistics
Abstract Algebra
Topology
Complex Analysis
Real Analysis

Can anybody offer some recommendations? I'm not even sure what half of these courses cover, or what they'd be useful for :)
 

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For simulation programming:
Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Calc III
Calc IV
Intro to Numerical Analysis

For AI:
Ordinary Differential Equations
Linear Algebra
Intro to mathematical Statistics
Abstract Algebra

What I would probably recommend for right now:
Ordinary Differential Equartions
Linear Algebra
Calc III
Calc IV
Abstract Algebra
 
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all of em
 
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Well, the bottom three...
Topology
Complex Analysis
Real Analysis
... are really optional unless you want to go into pure math, which you don't.
 
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I pretty much agree with AUMathTutor: Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, and Numerical Analysis are probably most important.
 

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