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Math or physics

  1. Mar 25, 2008 #1
    I am a second-year student and I go to a school with a not-so-strong theoretical physics department but a very strong math department. I am planning on going to grad school in theoretical physics.

    I will have completed the physics major at the end of this semester and I am deciding which courses to take in the spring.

    Will it look bad on my grad school application if I have a 5 to 1 ratio of math to physics courses and I write a senior thesis in math not physics and have recommendations from only math professors?
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2008 #2

    cristo

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    If you plan on going into theoretical physics, then it should not hurt you to have a strong basis in maths. However, you should still try and take some physics/mathematical physics (relativity, QM, etc..)
     
  4. Mar 25, 2008 #3

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    Also, I would say that you should have at least one letter from a physics professor if your planning on going to grad school for physics.
     
  5. Mar 25, 2008 #4
    Does my adviser, who I haven't taken a class with, count?
     
  6. Mar 25, 2008 #5

    G01

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    I'm only a third year myself, but from my experience with REU letters of rec, it is usually good to get a letter from someone who knows you well and has had you for class so they can comment on your work ethic and such. It is also very useful to have a letter from someone who can comment on your research abilities and potential. I would consider the second more important if you are going to grad school, since your class room ability can already be somewhat assessed using your GPA.
     
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