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Next month I will begin my first year at the University of Toronto for my undergrad and I have a question regarding which major I should declare at the end of the academic year.

I intend on pursuing physics into graduate school (likely more on the theoretical side) and so the two specialist programs that appealed to me were the Physics (obviously) and Physics and Math programs (a specialist program is essentially a major but with more time invested in the subject).

The two specialists are nearly identical with regards to the physics courses taken with the exception of 4th year in which the Physics specialist requires an extra experimental course (e.g. computational physics). The points of differentiation are of course the math courses. Without going into excessive detail, the Math and Physics specialist involves more advanced courses (with I assume more emphasis on rigorous proof) such as Real & Complex Analysis, Differential Geometry, and advanced ODEs & PDEs. Additionally, it includes 2 applied math courses in 4th year: General Relativity and the Mathematical Foundations of QM. The physics department also offers a Relativity course but I don't think it is available every year and I imagine the math in the course would be less rigorous.

I currently plan on enrolling in the Math & Physics specialist as I imagine having a greater understanding of more abstract math would only be beneficial if I continue on into theoretical physics. Additionally, the guide to being a physicist mentioned taking more advanced math classes and I enjoy math itself as well (although not as much as physics .

So, I was just wondering if I could hear some opinions regarding which program would be more ideal. Would the advanced math courses be worth taking or would they somehow detract from my physics education? Any opinions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance