Hey guys, I'm a third year undergrad student taking Physics & Math. I'm not sure which of the two I'm going to go to grad school for yet, but both are a possibility. I recently got back some bad test marks for these two classes I'm in that I really dislike (atomic physics, and relativistic electrodynamics). Neither are required for my program, but at this rate I'll probably be getting around a 75 (3.0 GPA) in each (I always do well on problem sets). Maybe 80 (3.7) if I'm really lucky, but I also did much worse on the midterm than I expected so I could very well do horribly on the exam (maybe bring it down to a 70 i.e. 2.7). I'm thinking of dropping one or both of them, which would leave me in only three courses for the semester. My GPA up to this point is about 3.7, constant through the years. Now, the question is: is it better to drop one or both of them, and have (I'm guessing) a 3.8 average with 4 full credits for the year, or have 5 full credits and have presumably a 3.5-3.6 for the year. Is it better to have the knowledge under my belt with mediocre marks, or to just do better with fewer courses? Remember, neither are required for my program. Will grad schools care that I took only 3 courses for a semester? This is the point I'm wondering most about. Will they expect me to do better in my three courses for this semester as a result? I have a credit from high school, so having enough credits for a degree is not an issue. What should I do? I have to decide soon. Thanks for your responses.