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Applied or pure maths major goes with Chemistry

  1. Dec 7, 2013 #1
    Hi! This is my first post in this forum, hopefully I will get some guidance :)

    Long story short, I am pretty much set in doing a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics.
    The thing is, I'm really having trouble choosing between Applied Maths and Pure Maths major.

    I have completed my first year, for maths, I have done Single-variable Calculus, Multivariable calculus and Differential Equations.

    I will be doing Linear Algebra, PDEs and Complex Analysis for both majors.
    If I do Pure Maths, I would also be doing Real Analysis, Differential Geometry and Algebra & Number Theory.
    If I do Applied Maths, I would also be doing Computational Mathematics(= Numerical Analysis), Advanced ODEs and probably Mathematical Modelling.

    Now I am thinking of doing research in Chemistry, but upon my graduating I might change my mind and go in research in Mathematics.

    Which one would be better for me? Any advice would be appreciated.
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  3. Dec 7, 2013 #2
    If you want to "hedge against" the possibility of changing your mind and choosing mathematics later on, I'd go with pure math. I am surprised that real analysis is not a requirement for the applied math major. If you want to go to a decent graduate mathematics school, you are going to want to take 2 real analysis classes, 2 abstract algebra classes, complex analysis, topology, PDE, and differential geometry if possible. If you take all of those it will be a very good preparation for mathematics grad school, applied or pure.

    edit* and of course advanced linear algebra.
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