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May 11, 2020

Physics for Future Business Major?

Question: I will be a high school senior in the fall and would like to major in business in college. Does the business major require physics?

Although “The Dean" can't speak for every college in the universe, I have never heard of physics being required for a business major. Some colleges require business students to complete a liberal arts “core," which might include one (or even two) college-level science-related classes. But these would not have to specifically include physics, and these choices also have nothing to do with the classes that you do–or don't–take in high school.

There are a handful of business programs, such as this one at Drexel University, that combine business and engineering (see http://www.lebow.drexel.edu/academics/programs/undergraduate/degrees/business-and-engineering) and thus expect students to take both business and science classes in college, but that doesn't seem to be what you're asking about.

If you're a prospective business major trying to decide whether you should take physics while you're still in high school, you don't have to worry that it will be expected of you. However, the highly selective colleges do like to admit students who have taken the most challenging classes available. So if you're aiming for such schools, it might serve you well to choose physics instead of a less demanding class, even though it won't be required for your future major or career.

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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