kidairbag

07-28-2007, 06:44 AM

I'm about to begin my second year at the University of Central Florida. Looking ahead to grad school, I recently changed my major from straight Econ to an Econ / Math double major.

What I'm wondering is if the classes including in the math major are adequate enough preparation for a graduate econ program or if I should see about making some substitutions.

My school offers two tracks, pure and applied math. While one would assume applied would be a better choice, the pure track includes more analysis. The course listing is here.

University of Central Florida 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog (http://www.catalog.sdes.ucf.edu/archive/0607/degree_programs/mathematics_pure/)

The "Advanced Calculus" courses are taught ought of the Fitzpatrick Advanced Calculus book. The only course actually called "Real Analysis" at UCF is a graduate level course so I'm wondering if anybody who has used the Fitzpatrick book could tell me how deep it goes.

Another thing I'm wondering about is grade forgiveness. Our school has a policy that you can use grade forgiveness twice during your undergrad years. Basically if you use grade forgiveness, you can retake a course you did poorly in. While both grades appear on the transcript, only the retake is entered into your GPA.

During my freshman year, I made a couple of stupid mistakes and ended up with a C+ in Calc III. Math really isn't a problem for me, I know I would ace it if I tried again. That is my only non-A so far in any math or econ class. I'm wondering if you guys think it would be worth it to use grade forgiveness to retake the course or if schools would take into account the fact that it was my freshman year and look at it relative to my other grades.

I've certainly learned from that mistake and I know that if I want to get into a top-tier program coming from an unknown school like UCF, I don't have a very large margin of error. While we've had a lot of students get into top tier engineering programs like MIT, I think the last great economist we've had is Glenn Hubbard. That's definitely why I'm planning early.

Thanks for your help!

What I'm wondering is if the classes including in the math major are adequate enough preparation for a graduate econ program or if I should see about making some substitutions.

My school offers two tracks, pure and applied math. While one would assume applied would be a better choice, the pure track includes more analysis. The course listing is here.

University of Central Florida 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog (http://www.catalog.sdes.ucf.edu/archive/0607/degree_programs/mathematics_pure/)

The "Advanced Calculus" courses are taught ought of the Fitzpatrick Advanced Calculus book. The only course actually called "Real Analysis" at UCF is a graduate level course so I'm wondering if anybody who has used the Fitzpatrick book could tell me how deep it goes.

Another thing I'm wondering about is grade forgiveness. Our school has a policy that you can use grade forgiveness twice during your undergrad years. Basically if you use grade forgiveness, you can retake a course you did poorly in. While both grades appear on the transcript, only the retake is entered into your GPA.

During my freshman year, I made a couple of stupid mistakes and ended up with a C+ in Calc III. Math really isn't a problem for me, I know I would ace it if I tried again. That is my only non-A so far in any math or econ class. I'm wondering if you guys think it would be worth it to use grade forgiveness to retake the course or if schools would take into account the fact that it was my freshman year and look at it relative to my other grades.

I've certainly learned from that mistake and I know that if I want to get into a top-tier program coming from an unknown school like UCF, I don't have a very large margin of error. While we've had a lot of students get into top tier engineering programs like MIT, I think the last great economist we've had is Glenn Hubbard. That's definitely why I'm planning early.

Thanks for your help!