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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi guys. I need a bit of an advice in deciding my major. My university allows only one major (along with minors) and I'm having a little bit of trouble in deciding what to do. Here's the thing. I want to go into Theoretical Physics in grad school and so I have two options:

1- Major in Physics

2- Major in Mathematics + minor in Physics

One thing I've realized is that I'm really really bad at experiments and practical work (which rules majoring in Electrical Engineering out almost completely). I have this twitching problem that compromises my motor skills.

Whereas, from my current academic standing it seems I'm good at Mathematics and Mathematical Physics courses such as Mechanics.

According to my undergraduate student handbook, a Physics major requires 43 credit hours worth of core courses. Here are the core courses I'll need to take specifically for a major in Physics:

Calculus II

Electricity and Magnetism

Waves and Optics

Quantum Mechanics I

Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering I

Experimental Physics II

Classical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics II

Statistical Mechanics

Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

At least one of: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics OR Condensed Matter Physics

At least one of: General Relativity OR Astrophysics OR Nuclear and Particle Physics

A Math major requires only 30 credit hours worth of core courses:

Calculus II

Linear Algebra II

Introduction to Differential Equations

Introduction to Formal Mathematics

Introduction to Analysis I

Introduction to Analysis II

Complex Variables

Ordinary Differential Equations

Advanced Calculus

Algebra I

Along with this, for a Minor in Physics I'll take (notice that now I won't have to take the Experimental Physics labs which I'm terrible at):

Electricity and Magnetism

Waves and Optics

Quantum Mechanics I

Quantum Mechanics II

Classical Mechanics

General Relativity

And since a Math major requires less credit hours than a Physics major, I can use them to take the following extra Physics courses:

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Nuclear and Particle Physics

What path do you think will best prepare me for studying Theoretical Physics in graduate school? Your advice is highly appreciated. Thanks.

1- Major in Physics

2- Major in Mathematics + minor in Physics

One thing I've realized is that I'm really really bad at experiments and practical work (which rules majoring in Electrical Engineering out almost completely). I have this twitching problem that compromises my motor skills.

Whereas, from my current academic standing it seems I'm good at Mathematics and Mathematical Physics courses such as Mechanics.

According to my undergraduate student handbook, a Physics major requires 43 credit hours worth of core courses. Here are the core courses I'll need to take specifically for a major in Physics:

Calculus II

Electricity and Magnetism

Waves and Optics

Quantum Mechanics I

Mathematical Methods in Physics and Engineering I

Experimental Physics II

Classical Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics II

Statistical Mechanics

Electromagnetic Fields and Waves

At least one of: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics OR Condensed Matter Physics

At least one of: General Relativity OR Astrophysics OR Nuclear and Particle Physics

A Math major requires only 30 credit hours worth of core courses:

Calculus II

Linear Algebra II

Introduction to Differential Equations

Introduction to Formal Mathematics

Introduction to Analysis I

Introduction to Analysis II

Complex Variables

Ordinary Differential Equations

Advanced Calculus

Algebra I

Along with this, for a Minor in Physics I'll take (notice that now I won't have to take the Experimental Physics labs which I'm terrible at):

Electricity and Magnetism

Waves and Optics

Quantum Mechanics I

Quantum Mechanics II

Classical Mechanics

General Relativity

And since a Math major requires less credit hours than a Physics major, I can use them to take the following extra Physics courses:

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

Nuclear and Particle Physics

What path do you think will best prepare me for studying Theoretical Physics in graduate school? Your advice is highly appreciated. Thanks.