Order of math courses

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If I'm interested in pursuing a theoretical physics PhD, what math courses should I be taking in undergrad and in what order should they be done? I've already taken linear algebra, differential equations, and multivariable calculus, so at a level more advanced than that. I appreciate the help.
 

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At my school (UCSB), it's done

1. Two quarters of Calculus
2. Two quarters of linear algebra and differential equations
3. Two quarters of vector calculus

After that, it's just loads of physics classes
 
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At my school (UCSB), it's done

1. Two quarters of Calculus
2. Two quarters of linear algebra and differential equations
3. Two quarters of vector calculus

After that, it's just loads of physics classes
You need way more math then that. Take complex variables, abstract Algebra, a class in mathematical physics, differential geometry plus others. Here is my math schedule for undergrad. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=524112
 
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You need way more math then that. Take complex variables, abstract Algebra, a class in mathematical physics, differential geometry plus others. Here is my math schedule for undergrad. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=524112

I'm just reporting what the mathematics prereqs are at the school. I have no idea if the upper division physics classes don't learn those, I'm not a physics major.
 

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