Hey guys, I'm having a bit of trouble choosing my program. Please help me here. After spending my first term of university in UofT's Engineering Science program I quit knowing I did not want to do my degree in engineering. I'm more interested in the theoretical side of physics - the symmetries, beauty, and also philosophical implications. I had A+ in the math and physics courses in EngSci, and both required rigorous proofs, so I'd like to think I know what I'm up against. Now I have to choose between doing a BSc. in Combined Honours in Physics and Mathematics from UBC or a BMath in Honours Mathematical Physics from Waterloo Please try sticking with these 2 programs. The UBC program looks a lot more intense since it is a joint honours program. The load is 6 courses a term compared to 5 in UW. I'm not so worried about courseload. It couldn't get worse than EngSci, but I do want to avoid taking math/physics courses that are not in my interest just to satisfy the degree requirement. For example, labs, and pure math that may never model physical reality. Maybe I am overlooking their (potential) importance? The BMath degree from UW seems to match my interest perfectly with a strong emphasis on theories and zero lab requirement, but will it adequately prepare me for grad school in fields such as particle physics and superstring? UW also doesn't seem to offer many upper year physics courses besides quantum theories. I should also note that UW lets me have 6 phys/math electives, but UBC let me choose next to zero physics elective throughout the entire program. UBC does give me 4 math electives, but as I mentioned, I would much rather learn physics. There is also the question of research opportunities. UBC definitely has a larger research community, but UW has the Perimeter Institute right next to it. Are those factors relevant to an undergrad? How hard is it to get an actual position from these institutes? It would be really helpful if I can get some insight on this, hopefully from some of you who went through these programs, but any help will be greatly appreciated! ><|| thanks a lot!