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Old 04-16-2012, 02:19 PM   #46
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Of the two, you'll dig econ more. Only basic math functions will be used in this econ course, it's largely a study of human behavior, but done so graphically and with basic mathematics and logical thought processes. Very useful class in daily life, you'll gain an understanding of the way interest rates work, which can apply to mortgages to investments to loans to whatever.

Statistics is probably the single most useful class in all of undergrad, though. If you can grasp it well, the applications are endless. The most useful for your line of work would be understanding the statistical range within which the human mind would react to counseling or medical treatment for psychiatric conditions. ie with 95% confidence you could expect x kind of behavior.
As an economics major and one who took numerous statistics classes, I agree. I think statistics will be more challenging than the economic class you posted. But it will be more fruitful. Econ is always great to use to analyze human behavior. Also you'll be better versed in understanding overall economic trends and sift through the majority of the BS politicians and the media claim is impacting the "economy ".
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:23 PM   #47
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Also do you have a description of the statistics course?
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:28 PM   #48
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Also do you have a description of the statistics course?
Thanks for the input guys!

And hoo, yeah, here's the description of the stat class:

2012 Fall Main Session
MATH 500/Lecture/01 - Statistics | Credits 3.00
(Summer and both semesters/3 credits) Basic statistical methods as they apply to data and research in the human sciences and other fields. Topics include frequency distributions and their representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability, statistical sampling theory, testing hypotheses, non-parametric methods, linear regression, correlation, and analysis of variance. Each student may be required to do a statistics project under the guidance of a cooperating faculty member in a specific discipline such as biology, economics, education, political science, psychology, or sociology.
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Normal they make two course on a 101 level of economics; one MICRO one MACRO. So if they are are squeezing both into 3 credits I think this course should be fairly easy to understand and master. Has to be given at a very high level basically a overview.
Yeah, I agree. It is atypical to have both micro and macro in the same class but this means that you'll just get a theoretical overview. As a former econ major like Hooskins, I say take econ.
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If I had seen this 5 years ago, my reply would have been:

I'd remove Penn State from the list if you're serious about a quality education.

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Old 04-16-2012, 05:04 PM   #51
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DR, does your graduate program have a stats requirement? I was curious since it seems a lot of grad programs do.
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Ahhhhhhhhhh. I was so young.
Made the wrong choice too. UNC bro. :cheeky-sm
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DR, does your graduate program have a stats requirement? I was curious since it seems a lot of grad programs do.
Not for my path. I'm doing counseling so it's theory and interpersonally heavy. If I had chosen to do the general/experimental path (to pursue the PHD in the future rather than the PsyD) then yes, stats is required.
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i got a football scholarship to itt tech but i couldn't afford the bus fare at the time. now i make dolphin art in all shapes and sizes
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Seriously, it's a huge party school. They're typically classless too, remember when PSU kids thought it woulld be hilarious to dress as dead VT shooting victims for holiday parties? Ton of crime on the campus too...then there's Jerry.
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