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U of T's 'Math and Physics' and Waterloo's 'Mathematical Physics'

  1. Nov 25, 2007 #1
    I'm wondering if there's anyone who knows anything about this. In U of T there's a "Mathematics and Physics (Science program)" (Scroll to the VERY bottom.)
    I'm wondering if it is a double major in physics and math or not? If not, then will it be more of a degree in Math OR Physics and will I be able to take enough course to make it a double major? (I see it's in the math dept. page but the physics dept. page links to it.)

    Also, I'm completely torn to whether I should take this program or Waterloo's Mathematical Physics program from the science faculty. Any suggestions?

    I read some previous post and some people make it seem that in U of T it is a lot harder to get a high mark, is this really true?
     
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  3. Nov 25, 2007 #2
    I'm in the regular honors physics at waterloo and I can say it's tough. Can't say anything for U of T.

    I think you can take the math phys program through the math department as well at Waterloo.
     
  4. Nov 25, 2007 #3
    Mathematics and Physics is not a mere double major. It is a combined "Specialist" program, of only hard-core mathematics and physics courses that leaves you little room to choose electives. It will appear on your transcript as only one program. The mathematics courses are almost all in theoretical pure mathematics, and has fewer required physics lab courses than the Physics Specialist program. If you look at the same page you linked to, you will see that doing a double major in math and physics is actually easier than doing the M&P Specialist. And from only looking at the degree you get, no one can tell the difference between the two unless they read the course syllabi. You will end up with a B.Sc.
     
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