**Should you take Math 103a**

Most math majors are required
to take either Math 103 or Math 100.
Both are courses in abstract algebra, but Math 103 is less theoretical
and more oriented toward examples and applications. Math 100 is faster paced, and students
typically spend more study hours per work on Math 100 than on Math 103. On the
other hand, students who are planning, or thinking about, continuing for
graduate school in mathematics, especially pure mathematics, are advised to
take the Math 100 sequence. A
student who takes Math 103a and then decides to take Math 100b must first take
Math 100a. (However, full credit is
not given for both 103a and 100a.)