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Combinatorial Math: Helpful for physics major?

  1. Oct 24, 2012 #1
    Hello all,

    The spring schedule is out and I'm trying to figure out what class to take with my required physics courses. I will be taking EM, Quantum, Directed Research, and I'm a TA for University Physics II. Which is 10.5 credits (TA is 1.5). I still need one more class to be full time.

    I am currently a junior and only have Statistical Mechanics and senior lab with seminar left for the physics BS, but I'm also going to take some grad level like Theoretical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics and do more research. I'm currently unsure of what area to go into for graduate school, so therefore I don't know what extra classes to take to fill in my schedule. I would really like to work in the private industry in some way, hopefully research, math, and analytical thinking would be required. Maybe R&D, economics, or finance? I would enjoy any of those areas, I believe.

    So now that you know all of that, I'm thinking a variety of tracks and would like to get any opinions. Based on what is available and fits around my current class times, I'm thinking about taking either Combinatorial Math, Intro Chem I, Intro Bio I, a finance class, an economics class, a statistics class, or a programming class? For some reason C++ isn't offered and the Java class is only offered to Engineering students and some others, but not physics majors. Weird.

    In grad school and eventually in my career I would like to work in theoretical physics, but would also be happy with experimental work. I really like particles and fields and have some interest in biophysics. Economics and finance are my next choices and my fall-back is medical physics. I am already married with two young children, so stability is something that I really desire in my career.

    The courses I take now will be my education base to build on in grad school, so I need to figure out what my emphasis will be. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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