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Courses Need help picking math courses for CS.

  1. May 9, 2009 #1
    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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  3. May 9, 2009 #2
    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
     
  4. May 12, 2009 #3
    all of em
     
  5. May 12, 2009 #4
    Well, the bottom three...
    Topology
    Complex Analysis
    Real Analysis
    ... are really optional unless you want to go into pure math, which you don't.
     
  6. May 12, 2009 #5

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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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