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How many first year classes should I take?

  1. Jul 23, 2012 #1
    I have finished my first year of my undergraduate, taking an Honors BSc in Math with a minor in Physics. I am planning on going to grad school after my undergraduate, and I want to be sure I am not taking too many first year classes. How many first year courses (100 level) courses would you all recommend? Obviously, I have to take first year classes in Math and Physics as well as in my arts option for the required arts credits. Am I also correct in assuming it's more desirable to take more higher level courses in math and physics rather than unrelated first year courses (I had originally thought it would be nice to get a taste of everything but now I'm thinking that would look lazy later on)

    The following is my general plan of classes I will take in my undergraduate career:
    17 math courses (3 first year, 2 second year, 5 third year, 7 fourth year)
    8 Physics (2 first year, 3 second year, 1 third year, 2 fourth year)
    2 Mathamatical Physics (both fourth year)
    5 Spanish (2 first year, 2 second year, 1 third year -- this is as much as my uni offers)
    Other first year courses: (2 econ, 1 stat, 1 computer sciences, 1 english)
    2 other options (probably math or physics)

    Does this look reasonable or is there anything that you would recommend? I am forced to take the 2 econ and 1 stat first year this coming year due to schedule constraints where these are the only courses that fit. Should I be considering taking summer courses in the future to get more higher level courses? Thanks!!
     
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  3. Jul 23, 2012 #2
    First year econ/stat courses are rather boring for a mathematically minded person (I'm assuming first year econ refers to the kind where you don't go into things like lagrangians). Try to take an intermediate microeconomics course or something, you should be able to with nothing more than just basic calculus. Then from there you could take a graduate microeconomics or game theory course, after you've done some more math.

    Likewise your school might offer a "mathematical statistics" class, maybe with real analysis as a prerequisite. That would be a better course to take than a first-year statistics class.
     
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