statats Posted January 11, 2021 Share Posted January 11, 2021 (edited) Hi all. I'm an international student and I obtained my B.S in Statistics degree outside the U.S. In my country, calculus is offered for two classes; one semester for single variable and another for multivariable calculus. In my department, we had a one semester calculus course for stat major which covers single variable calculus and basic multivariable differentiation and integral mainly for probability theory. I took Analysis I and got A+ in this course. I have taken calculus for stat major / Linear Algebra I, II / Analysis I and thought this would be enough for Ph.D application. However, I am attending a small university in the U.S pursuing a master's degree and my advisor asked me why I have not taken any calculus class yet. I explained him that I took one semester calculus but it seemed like it confused him a little bit. (I've heard that for some big state universities where they have a lot of international students, the professors are more aware of that some countries only offer calculus throughout two semesters). I have never had any issue studying probability with my calculus knowledge, in fact, I aced in a probability course. However, when I looked at the syllabus for multivariate calculus, I noticed that the course actually covers a lot more than I studied from my undergraduate (such as Lagrange Multipliers and Gradient Vectors) In this case, do I need to take multivariate calculus? If I need to take this course, I would like to audit instead of getting credits, but is this a good idea? because I won't have multivariate calculus on my transcript. In addition, I am planning to take graduate-level real analysis as well. I've sometimes heard that taking advanced classes might compensate undergraduate level courses. I am also planning to apply for a few stat Ph.D programs and mostly biostat Ph.D programs. Any advice will be very appreciated! Edited January 11, 2021 by statats additional information about Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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