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I have a question regarding what I should about my math education going forward. I'm currently a sophomore, aiming toward physics graduate school (probably in HEP-T). My school offers a graduate physics course on mathematical methods. The description is below:

*"Survey of mathematical techniques useful in physics. Includes vector and tensor analysis, group theory, complex analysis (residue calculus, method of steepest descent), differential equations and Green's functions, and selected advanced topics."*

Should I take this or should I take the full-fledged math courses (Vector Analysis, Complex Analysis, Abstract Algebra, etc.)? Obviously, the latter would clutter my schedule and make it more difficult to take many advanced physics courses. I'm wondering where the trade-off leaves me. Will grad schools look down upon me for taking the grad mathematical methods in physics vs. the real math courses? What should I do?

Thanks!