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They have a course called "Computational Methods" that transfers take instead of the "Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences" course that sophomores take. The Computational Methods uses "Mathematical and numerical analysis using Mathematica and C programming, as applied to problems in physical science" I think the reason transfer take this class is because the upper-div physics classes at UCI use Mathematica alot. Is this the case for other schools as well?

They have a sequence called "Mathematical Physics" which focuses on "Complex variables; Legendre and Bessel functions; complete sets of orthogonal functions; partial differential equations; integral equations; calculus of variations; coordinate transformations; special functions and series" But the prerequisite to this is a quarter of upper-div Quantum physics, and that requires a quarter of upper-div E&M and classical mechanics. Isn't the mathematical physics class supposed to only have lower-div math and physics as its prerequisites?

Their website also says that they assign homework problems that use Mathematica. This isn't a problem right?

Their website is here: http://www.editor.uci.edu/05-06/ps/ps.7.htm#gen99

The reason why I'm so concerned about this is that I will probably end up transferring to UCI or UCLA. UCI is a lot closer to where I live so I can commute there instead of living in the dorm/apartment at UCLA. But UCLA's physics doesn't appear to have these conflicts.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated