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Interested only in theory/mathematical physics. What should I focus on?

  1. Mar 16, 2012 #1
    I'm a second year undergrad, currently majoring both in mathematics and physics. However I've decided that the time has come where I should stop taking both classes evenly and start devoting more of my time to one field. However I'm unsure which field that should be if I'm interested primarily in theoretical/mathematical physics. To give you guys a better idea here's what I was thinking about taking in fall 2012.

    If I go math-heavy:

    Real analysis
    Topology
    Graduate Algebra 1
    Graduate Quantum Mechanics 1

    If I go physics-heavy:

    Either Topology or Analysis
    Elementary Lab 1
    Graduate Quantum Mechanics 1
    E&M II
    Statistical Mechanics.

    Which side should I focus on in your opinions? If I do decide to go math-heavy I probably won't be doing the 3 required lab semesters of the physics BS, and hence I won't have a formal degree in physics although I would have taken classes up til QFT by the time I graduate. How would physics schools view that if I decide to apply to them for theory? Similarly if I decide decide to focus on physics I won't be able to take a lot of math grad classes. How then would that be viewed by the math/mathematical physics graduate schools?
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2012 #2

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    You asked the same question here.

    It's better to explain what was unsatisfactory about the answer than to just ask the question over again.
     
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