I don't typically start threads, but my schedule for next semester has been causing me some (a lot of) stress. First, my schedule: Advanced Differential Equations Quantum Mechanics E&M Fundamental Concepts of Geometry (basically intro to non-Euclidean geometries) Second, my reason for concern. I'm currently in Physics I....yeah, Newtonian Mechanics...freshman physics. lol I'm in my 3rd semester of an early mid-life crisis return to school for Physics. Because of work constraints my first few semesters, I was stuck taking night classes...which meant there were no Physics I classes I could take and I moved through the math curriculum more quickly. I have taken: Calc II Calc III Differential Equations Linear Algebra Mathematical methods/proofs Vector Calc/Complex Variables Also, I took Modern Physics last winter (computer glitch not recognizing my lack of pre-recs). I'm not worried about the math courses. The advanced Differential Equations will be hard I'm sure, but it's at a course level commensurate with my level of formal math education. I am, however, VERY worried about the Physics courses. I'm not taking the courses "on the sly." I was given permission to take the courses from the department. I'm having a hard time properly wording my "question." My registration has been "sign, sealed, delivered" for next semester and I'm going in to the semester with the naivete that I'll make it through....so telling me I'm an idiot will follow my own affirmations, but will not make me drop the courses (yet lol). My concerns are these: 1) Am I in way over my head and too blind to realize it? I had to be given permission to register for the classes, but I'm worried that my persistence with the department was as much a factor as anything. (I'm a recent transfer so I don't have a ton of experience with the professors) 2) If I do make it through the semester but my gpa drops because of the courses (I should have a 4.0 at my current university and a 3.9 in total since my return to school), how will that look to grad schools? I'm hoping (praying) that if I'm able to maintain that gpa, the fact that I skipped some of the Physics curriculum won't look so bad to grad schools (under the assumption that I must have had somewhat sufficient self study in order to do well in the upper level courses) and it won't affect my acceptance excessively. I've wanted to type this for the past week, but imagining my own response to a similar thread from someone else has kept me from submitting. lol If it makes any difference, Analytical Mechanics is not offered this semester and if I followed the "proper path," I would not be taking these courses for at least another year. I hope to attend grad school for physics, but I will most likely have many more math courses than Physics courses (I already have more than the requirements for the Physics major). I think I remember Physics girl PhD said she took E&M without taking the lower level Electricity and Magnetism course, but my searches haven't found that post? (I may have made it up to make myself feel better. lol) Sorry for being the guy that posts the ridiculously long, self-obsessed message.