MATH 152: Calculus for Business and Social Sciences

MATH 152 is an introductory survey of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on techniques and applications of interest for business and the social sciences. This is a terminal course and not adequate preparation for MATH 232. A student cannot receive credit for this course after receiving credit for MATH 231. Students who plan to apply to UNC-Chapel Hill’s business school may have to take an OR (Operations Research) class instead of MATH 152 (these students should check with an advisor).

Prerequisite: One of the following is required:

  • a passing grade in MATH 110
  • or a score of at least 520 on the SAT Subject Test, Math, Level 1 or 2 (formerly SAT II, Math, Level I or Level IIC exam)
  • or a score of 2 on the Calculus AP exam (or BC subscore).

Required Materials:

  • Tan, Applied Calculus for the Managerial, Life, and Social Sciences: A Brief Approach, 8th edition (2009), ISBN 978-0495387541
  • a scientific or graphing calculator. However, calculators that perform symbolic manipulation (such as the TI-89) are not allowed.

View a sample course syllabus.

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