You might, for example, be thinking of majoring in Business or Economics, which require at least the Calculus course MATH 220, and perhaps MATH 221. (MATH 220-221 is a "terminal" sequence--you learn concepts of calculus, but you are not trained at a technical level, so these courses would not prepare you to follow up with a course such as Differential Equations (MATH 246), Linear Algebra (MATH 240 or 461) or a calculus-based probability and statistics (STAT 400).

For MATH 220, the math placement test becomes more ... interesting. A preprequisite course to MATH 220 is the course MATH 113 (College Algbebra with Applications), or a suitable score on the Math Placement Exam. The material of MATH 113 can be covered in high school, but MATH 113 does carry University credit; you can see how you fare on this material by looking at the course syllabus for MATH 113, and perhaps checking out some past MATH 113 exams on TESTBANK, our online archive of past exams.

The advice here would be the same as above, with some additions. First, if you can get a good preparation in the precalculus material in high school--do it!--so long as you still get a solid algebra preparation. Every course opportunity in college is precious (not to mention expensive), and it is better to do in high school what you can.

Second, be careful about your choice of calculus sequence. MATH 220 is the right choice for most business or econ majors, but it imposes limits. For example, it is unwise (perhaps suicidal) to attempt graduate school in Economics after advancing in math only through the level of first year calculus. (Former Math/Econ double majors tell us that the math classes most useful to them in Economics grad school were their junior level theory-and-proof courses, Math 410 and 411.)

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  • Waves in viscoelastic media

    Speaker: Francisco-Javier Sayas (Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware) - http://www.math.udel.edu/~fjsayas/

    When: Tue, September 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Finite element approximation of nonconvex uniformly elliptic fully nonlinear equations

    Speaker: Abner J. Salgado (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) - http://www.math.utk.edu/~abnersg/

    When: Tue, September 12, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • An angular momentum method for approximating wave maps into the sphere

    Speaker: Franziska Weber (Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park) - https://terpconnect.umd.edu/~frweber/

    When: Tue, September 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • An optimal adaptive Fictitious Domain Method

    Speaker: Rob Stevenson (University of Amsterdam) - https://staff.fnwi.uva.nl/r.p.stevenson/

    When: Thu, October 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Adaptive Higher-Order Finite Element Simulations for the Time-Harmonic Maxwell Equations

    Speaker: Matthias Maier (University of Minnesota) - http://www-users.math.umn.edu/~msmaier/

    When: Tue, October 10, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • A Finite Element Scheme for a Phase Field Model of Nematic Liquid Crystal Droplets

    Speaker: Shawn Walker (Louisiana State University) - https://www.math.lsu.edu/~walker/

    When: Tue, October 17, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • A new and robust approach to construct energy stable schemes for gradient flows

    Speaker: Jie Shen (Purdue University) - https://www.math.purdue.edu/~shen/

    When: Tue, October 24, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Adaptive FEM for the fractional Laplacian: a priori and a posteriori error estimates, efficient implementation and multigrid solver

    Speaker: Christian Glusa (Sandia National Laboratories) -

    When: Tue, October 31, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Optimal Estimation and Computation from Data

    Speaker: Simon Foucart (Texas A&M University) - http://www.math.tamu.edu/~foucart/

    When: Tue, November 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Numerical computations with functions defined on the sphere and disk

    Speaker: Alex Townsend (Cornell University) - http://www.math.cornell.edu/~ajt/

    When: Tue, November 14, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Energy-Minimization, Finite Elements, and Multilevel Methods for Liquid Crystals

    Speaker: James Adler (Tufts University Department of Mathematics) - https://jadler.math.tufts.edu/

    When: Tue, December 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Analyzing Complex Systems and Networks: Incremental Optimization and Robustness

    Speaker: Mert Gurbuzbalaban (Rutgers University) - https://mert.lids.mit.edu

    When: Tue, December 12, 2017 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Taking Mathematics to Heart [special Math Colloquium]

    Speaker: Alfio Quarteroni (Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy and EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland ) - https://cmcs.epfl.ch/people/quarteroni

    When: Fri, February 2, 2018 - 3:15pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Defects in periodic homogenization problems : Toward a complete theory [Appl. Math. Colloquium]

    Speaker: Claude Le Bris (Ecole des Ponts and Inria) - https://cermics.enpc.fr/~lebris/

    When: Tue, February 6, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Mathematical theory and computational approaches for modern materials science [Aziz Lecture]

    Speaker: Claude Le Bris (Ecole des Ponts and Inria) - https://cermics.enpc.fr/~lebris/

    When: Wed, February 7, 2018 - 3:15pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • A Conformal Mapping Formulation For Inviscid Incompressible Fluid Drops and its Numerical Analysis

    Speaker: Lei Li (Department of Mathematics, Duke University) - https://services.math.duke.edu/~leili/

    When: Tue, February 13, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Nonconforming Finite Element Methods for High Order Elliptic Equations in $\mathbb{R}^n$

    Speaker: Shuonan Wu (Penn State University) - http://www.personal.psu.edu/sxw58/

    When: Tue, February 20, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Nonlocal transport modeling: statistical foundations and applications

    Speaker: Diego Del-Castillo-Negrete (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

    When: Tue, March 6, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • The shifted boundary method: An embedded approach for computational mechanics

    Speaker: Guglielmo Scovazzi (Duke University) - http://cee.duke.edu/faculty/guglielmo-scovazzi

    When: Tue, March 27, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Positivity-preserving high order discontinuous Galerkin schemes for compressible Navier-Stokes equations

    Speaker: Xiangxiong Zhang (Purdue University) - https://www.math.purdue.edu/~zhan1966/

    When: Tue, April 3, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • An accurate and fast solver for high-frequency wave propagation

    Speaker: Matthias Taus (MIT) -

    When: Tue, April 10, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Rate optimal adaptivity and LU-factorization

    Speaker: Michael Feischl (KIT Karlsruhe) - http://michaelfeischl.net

    When: Tue, April 24, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Approximation diffusion and fluid limits for random kinetic equations [Appl Math Colloquium]

    Speaker: Arnaud Debussche (ENS Rennes) - http://w3.bretagne.ens-cachan.fr/math/people/arnaud.debussche/

    When: Tue, May 1, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
  • Butterflies in layered media

    Speaker: Nick Knight (New York University) - https://cims.nyu.edu/~nknight/index.html

    When: Tue, May 8, 2018 - 3:30pm
    Where: Kirwan Hall 3206