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So summer schedules came out today and they completely messed me up. I was planning on taking Circuit Analysis I, Philosophy, Intro Engineering, and Linear Algebra.

Now I'm an EE major but my school does not require Linear Algebra, however I felt like I was missing something by not taking it (although I'm sure topics from LA are taught in many of my other classes). However just my luck LA conflicts in time with Circuits. My back ups were thermodynamics or dynamics (Required to take on) however they decided not to teach either of those in the summer. (They have in the past).

Now since I'm planning to take linear algebra, I'll be very close to getting a math minor. I would just have to take two more classes. I was planning on doing Complex Analysis and maybe PDE's. Here are the options
* MAA 4211 Advanced Calculus I
* MAA 4212 Advanced Calculus II
* MAA 4402 Complex Analysis
* MAD 3107 Discrete Mathematics
* MAD 4401 Numerical Analysis
* MAP 4231 Operations Research
* MAP 4341 Elementary Partial Differential Equations
* MAS 3203 Number Theory
* MAS 4156 Vector Analysis
* MAS 4301 Abstract Algebra
* MHF 3202 Foundations of Mathematics
* MHF 3404 History of Mathematics
* MTG 3212 Modern Geometry
* MTG 4302 Elementary Topology
* STA 4321 Probability & Statistics
* STA 4445 Probability Models



Now to make a (really) long story short. I have a hole in my summer schedule and the only thing I can really fill it with is Number Theory.

Is this class in anyway useful to me? I liked Calc 2 and ODE but I've never taken a proof based class ( though NT doesnt require the intro to proofs (foundations) class like some others)
 

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Number theory is not directly relevant to an EE major. So, no, it is not useful. However, if you think you can get a good grade in it, it won't hurt to take it.

Personally, I'd reconsider taking linear algebra if it's not required. I'm an EE major and linear algebra wasn't required for me either, but I took it anyway. It certainly didn't hurt to take it, but I don't think it was really necessary and most EEs I know didn't take it.
 
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Oh I'd love to take Linear Algebra, its just that it conflicts time wise with my Circuit Analysis class ( which is way more important). Summer was really my one chance to take it though since I'll have a pretty loaded schedule during fall/spring.

Maybe I'll self-study since I'll have alot of time over the summer.
 

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