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Hello everyone,

I'm a first-year international student at Denison University double-majoring in physics and mathematics (or that's at least the plan). I'm currently taking my second course in undergraduate physics here and at the same time a course in linear algebra and differential equations.

This semester has been pretty great because I'm getting the sense that I really love physics and I also really love math, so I've been trying to decide what to do about it. I feel like doing theoretical physics in grad school would be ideal for me, since I suppose that combines math and physics more than experimental does.

However, I feel like "theoretical physics" is pretty broad, so I wanted to ask here what different concentrations/paths someone like me might take in that discipline (for example, I've heard about string theory, also about general relativity, but not much beyond that). In other words, what are the different areas of theoretical physics that I might be interested in if I have a particular liking for abstract mathematics (or at least what feels like abstract stuff that I've seen so far in linear algebra).

This is not really so that I'll make a decision right now, but so that I know how to structure my math major (i.e., the classes I take to complete it) so as to be as prepared as possible for what I might pursue in graduate school.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to your advice :)

I'm a first-year international student at Denison University double-majoring in physics and mathematics (or that's at least the plan). I'm currently taking my second course in undergraduate physics here and at the same time a course in linear algebra and differential equations.

This semester has been pretty great because I'm getting the sense that I really love physics and I also really love math, so I've been trying to decide what to do about it. I feel like doing theoretical physics in grad school would be ideal for me, since I suppose that combines math and physics more than experimental does.

However, I feel like "theoretical physics" is pretty broad, so I wanted to ask here what different concentrations/paths someone like me might take in that discipline (for example, I've heard about string theory, also about general relativity, but not much beyond that). In other words, what are the different areas of theoretical physics that I might be interested in if I have a particular liking for abstract mathematics (or at least what feels like abstract stuff that I've seen so far in linear algebra).

This is not really so that I'll make a decision right now, but so that I know how to structure my math major (i.e., the classes I take to complete it) so as to be as prepared as possible for what I might pursue in graduate school.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to your advice :)

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