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Courses Is 15 Credit Hours Manageable for Research?

  1. Jun 2, 2016 #1
    Hello everyone, I was just curious for a little insight. I was going to pursue a double major in Math and Physics but I realized I'd be spreading myself pretty thin and spending less time dedicated to one subject, so there's not really much point of me getting a math degree since what I want to do is physics.

    I've already been working with a Professor on his research at my new University, it's quite exciting as he's doing research on Dark Matter and detection methods, I'm learning a lot and I know this experience will be valuable for graduate school applications. I'd like to complete as much research as possible during Undergrad, and I'm just wondering if the following outline schedule of classes I'll be taking would be too much in any one semester? I know 15 credit hours is manageable, but will it also allow a decent amount of time to complete meaningful research? I am taking some extra Physics and Math electives, so if I have to I can afford to take less if it will allow me more meaningful time for research. Thanks for any opinions and insights.

    Fall 1- 2016

    Earth Science(ESC2000)- 3 Credits

    Physics I with Calculus + Lab(PHY2048+L)- 5 Credits

    Calculus III(MAC2313)- 4 Credits


    Spring 1- 2017

    Linear Algebra(MAS3105)- 4 Credits

    Physics II with Calculus + Lab(PHY2049+L)- 5 Credits

    Ordinary Differential Equations(MAP2302)- 3 Credits

    Computer Science I(COP2220)- 3 Credits


    Fall 2- 2017

    Introduction to Physics for New Majors(PHY1024)- 1 Credit

    Modern Physics + L(PHY3101+L)- 4 Credits

    Astrophysics I(AST3217)- 4 Credits

    Mathematical Physics(PHZ3113)- 3 Credits

    Elementary Partial Differential Equations(MAP4341)- 3 Credits


    Spring 2- 2018

    Classical Mechanics(PHY3220)- 4 Credits

    Astrophysics II(AST3402)- 4 Credits

    Quantum Mechanics(PHY4604)- 4 Credits

    Vector Analysis(MAS4156)- 3 Credits


    Fall 3- 2018

    Optics with Laboratory(PHY3424C)- 4 Credits

    Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics(PHY4523)- 4 Credits

    Electricity and Magnetism(PHY3320)- 4 Credits

    Nuclear Physics(PHZ4303)- 3 Credits


    Spring 3- 2019

    Advanced Topics in Physics(PHZ4160)- 4 Credits

    Electronics for Scientists(PHY3722C)- 4 Credits

    Numerical Analysis(MAD4401)- 3 Credits

    Advanced Physics Laboratory(PHY4802L)- 2 Credits

    Physics Research Seminar(PHY4910)- 1 Credit
     
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  3. Jun 7, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
     
  4. Jun 7, 2016 #3
    Here's an updated schedule-

    Fall 1- 2016

    Computer Science I(COP2220)- 3 Credits

    Physics I with Calculus + Lab(PHY2048+L)- 5 Credits

    Calculus III(MAC2313)- 4 Credits


    Spring 1- 2017

    Linear Algebra(MAS3105)- 4 Credits

    Earth Science(ESC2000)- 3 Credits

    Physics II with Calculus + Lab(PHY2049+L)- 5 Credits

    Ordinary Differential Equations(MAP2302)- 3 Credits


    Fall 2- 2017

    Introduction to Physics for New Majors(PHY1024)- 1 Credit

    Modern Physics + L(PHY3101+L)- 4 Credits

    Optics with Laboratory(PHY3424C)- 4 Credits

    Mathematical Physics(PHZ3113)- 3 Credits

    Elementary Partial Differential Equations(MAP4341)- 3 Credits


    Spring 2- 2018

    Classical Mechanics(PHY3220)- 4 Credits

    Quantum Mechanics(PHY4604)- 4 Credits

    Electronics for Scientists(PHY3722C)- 4 Credits

    Numerical Analysis(MAD4401)- 3 Credits


    Fall 3- 2018

    Electricity and Magnetism(PHY3320)- 4 Credits

    Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics(PHY4523)- 4 Credits

    Astrophysics I(AST3217)- 4 Credits


    Spring 3- 2019

    Astrophysics II(AST3402)- 4 Credits

    Advanced Topics in Physics(PHZ4160)- 4 Credits

    Advanced Physics Laboratory(PHY4802L)- 2 Credits

    Physics Research Seminar(PHY4910)- 1 Credit


    In you guys' opinions, do you think any semesters will be more difficult than others? What particular classes did you guys have trouble with and would recommend some tips and tricks to help?
     
  5. Jun 7, 2016 #4

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    Don't you have an academic advisor that you can talk to about this? He/she not only is appointed for THIS very reason, but also understands the requirement and difficulty level of the various courses at your particular school.

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