I've worked it out and due to offering limitations it will take me 3 more years to do the former, and 2 more years to do the latter. I've already been in university for 2 years.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The courses I'd need in order to accomplish both are listed below:

For the dual major in physics/math with chem minor:

Fall 2005:

advanced eng. math

prob/stats

contemporary physics

contemporary lab

analytical mechanics

physics chemistry 2

spring 2006:

quantum mechanics

nuclear physics

Elec. and Mag.

Circuits and electronics

comp sci 1

fall 2006:

adv. calc.

linear alg.

thermal physics

world masterpieces 2

circuits lab

spring 2007:

modern algebra

Jr.Sr social science elective

math modeling

condensed matter physics

optics lasers and microscopy

optics/lasers/mico lab

fall 2007:

PDE

numerical analysis

physics proj.

spring 2008:

discrete math

physics proj.

advanced lit.

data structures or database systems

For the single major in physics with dual minors in chem and math:

fall 2005:

adv. eng. math

prob/stats

contemp physics

contemp lab

anal. mech.

physical chem 2

spring 2006:

quantum

nuclear physics

elec and mag

circ and electronics

world masterpieces 2

fall 2006:

adv. calc.

linear alg.

thermal physics

circuits lab

adv. lit

physics proj.

spring 2007:

Jr/Sr SSC elective

physics proj.

modern alg

condensed matter phys.

optics/lasers/microscopy

optics/lasers/micro lab

the former option is a total of 84 credits distributed over 3 years. this has to be done in 3 years because of scheduling issues. The latter option is 65 credits distributed over 2 years. These credits are in addition to the 68 credits I currently have (been in school for 2 years). I have completed uchem 1 and 2 and the labs, some other ochem classes (wish they weren't ochem, but I was originally a chem major), and I've completed university physics 1 and 2 and the labs. I have calculus 1-3 and diffEQ completed.

So, what do you think? Are the extra math classes worth the extra time and money? For the math major, I'd need to take an extra 19 credits and I would have to stay in school for an extra year...but this will give me one more summer to do an REU as well.

The configuration listed above is the setup where there is the most overlap between the two majors. for example, I was able to convince the MCS chair to allow the Jr/Sr math elective to be covered by a physics course and he MIGHT allow advanced eng. math to substitute for complex analysis.

I always worry that there will be scheduling issues between a physics course and a math course that are both only offered once every two years, which would possibly mess up my scheduled graduation date. These are the downsides of being at a smaller university....

*sigh*

I suppose I could do the single major in physics with a minor in chem and math, and I could take some additional math classes, like numerical analysis and PDE...I dunno...I just don't like not having anything to show for it, other than an extra course on the transcipt.

BTW, I plan on attending graduate school in physics, so I guess they would look at the transcript, whereas an employer in industry will not...

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