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Zicklin should review its math standards

The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College is recognized as one of the best business schools in New York City. Upon completion of the Zicklin requirements, students are rewarded with a Bachelors of Business Administration in their respective major.

Although Zicklin is recognized for its rigorous curriculum, one of the major issues of Zicklin lies in its prerequisite courses. There are 10 prerequisite courses: two English courses, speech communications, computer information technology, microeconomics, macroeconomics, business law, accounting, statistics and calculus.

Students need to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.25 in these courses in order to be eligible for the Zicklin School of Business.

The issue with these requirements is that although the pre-business courses are used to give students a broad knowledge that can be implemented in future business courses, it is unnecessary to demand students to take
\calculus.

In the murmurs of Baruch hallways, students will complain with devastation and sorrow that they were unable to pass their calculus course. Without this math requirement, students cannot enroll in many courses like accounting or economics.

It is, however, a shame that these students have the capability to pass those courses with flying colors but cannot due to the incompletion of calculus.

It is important to note that not all business majors are math-intensive and this prerequisite is causing students in nonmath-related business fields to fall behind, thus hindering their ability to graduate on time.

Calculus is one of the most challenging areas of study and is used in specific careers. At Zicklin, knowledge of math is helpful, especially for the finance major, which happens to be one of the most popular majors at Baruch.

However, finance courses showcase their own use of formulas and theorems rather than borrowing ideas from calculus. Finance requires only a general knowledge of math and not much in relation to logarithms or trigonometry.

For some Zicklin majors, math is unnecessary. For instance, Zicklin management and marketing majors should be less math-intensive and have a communications course as a prerequisite instead of calculus. The careers that these students hope to go into upon graduating require them to have excellent communication skills.

Sitting in a math class and learning derivatives will not help a marketing major when the time comes to create advertisements for a product.

Because of this, the math requirement should be removed. Math is unnecessary as the majors have courses and curriculums that teach the theorems and formulas for the respective courses. Management and marketing do not even need to have a mathematics course in place as it is unnecessary for the career paths.

If a math requirement is necessary in a curriculum, students should have to pick one of several introductory math courses such as intermediate algebra, applied calculus or calculus instead of strictly having to take calculus as the sole prerequisite for important business courses.

The Department of Undergraduate Services at Zicklin should consider re-evaluating their current curriculum based on the needs of each major and what the course of study is meant to focus on. The calculus requirement has caused many fallbacks, delays in graduation and ultimately a stressful environment for students.

Zicklin should consider adjusting to their majors and student needs to provide the best education possible. This reconsideration may enable students to flourish and gain confidence in their respective major and graduate within four years.

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