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Physics majors take 4: Calc I & II, Phys I & II

Engineering majors take 6: Calc I & II, Phys I & II, Statics & Dynamics, Intro to Linear Algebra

My point: As a freshman math major, get your breadth requirements taken care of in first year because you're not really expected to be taking many math courses.

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Also, if you take such a class and it goes well, then in your Spring, you can take some combination of Calc III, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra (a lot of schools offer a computation-based introductory course). This will give you a very good exposure to foundational math and will be great preparation for your later years.

Other courses I'd recommend would be Physics I and II, assuming your school requires them of math majors as does mine. My school also requires two semesters of computer science classes. If yours does, those would be good first-year classes.

A word of warning, though: don't get all of your gen-ed classes out of the way early. Math is a tough major and as you progress, you'll need to devote more time to your math classes. Try to save some of your easy classes for your last couple years when the math will really get challenging. That way, you lessen the chance of being completely overwhelmed.

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Maybe some linear algebra won't hurt too...

For reference, my first semester consisted of the courses:

Analysis I

Linear algebra I

Discrete mathematics

Logic

Programming I

Something like that would give a nice preperation for the next semesters...

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