Is Calculus a must have? I am looking at University of South Alabama, and

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it states its "recommended". I am in Precal now and Math is my worst of worst subjects... if I can avoid having to have Calculus, I would rather not take it?
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It's required for some schools, and recommended for some. If it's recommended, then it's not a requirement. I really have no idea if you'll be asked why you didn't take calculus, but I don't think that they'd hold it against you. Anyone else?


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If its not required, its not a must have. You might just want to just take a semester of calc, but that's my opinion. If anything, at least take a statistics course.
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have you already had physics? if not, the calc. helped in my experience.

I'm with the poster above---I'd totally take it. Why give them a reason, you know?


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for the most part it's not required, but on the other hand most have at least 1 semester of calculus, so it might be best to take it to be on the same level as everyone else.
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