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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi all I am a second year maths and physics student from Australia.

I am hoping to complete a PhD in an interesting area of theoretical physics. At the moment I am interested in particles and quantum information theory. Though it is worth keeping in mind that I am only in second year.

I know a few grad students who managed to get into PhD spots with only second year classes in linear algebra, vector calc (I think calc 3 for the US) and a PDE class.

Maybe I am putting too much pressure on the content of an undergrad degree but my math sequence looks like this (from second year onwards honours stream maths - has a focus on rigour)

First year:

Diff Calc (mix of calc 1 and 2)

Linear algebra

Integral calc

Stats

Second year:

Real and complex analysis

Vect calc and linear alg

Stats and prob

into to PDE

Abstract algebra

Third year

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics

Mathematical computing

partial diff eq and waves

non linear ODE's

Missing but cant fit 3rd year:

Differential geometry

Metric spaces ie Hilbert

It seems like I am doing more maths than physics just to do physics.

Am I doing it right? Is it normal to fit all of this into an undergrad or are these grad topics for a physics PhD candidate? (read: not a maths PhD candidate)

Perhaps I would be better with some comp sci too?

Appreciate any help and time you have to offer.

I am hoping to complete a PhD in an interesting area of theoretical physics. At the moment I am interested in particles and quantum information theory. Though it is worth keeping in mind that I am only in second year.

I know a few grad students who managed to get into PhD spots with only second year classes in linear algebra, vector calc (I think calc 3 for the US) and a PDE class.

Maybe I am putting too much pressure on the content of an undergrad degree but my math sequence looks like this (from second year onwards honours stream maths - has a focus on rigour)

First year:

Diff Calc (mix of calc 1 and 2)

Linear algebra

Integral calc

Stats

Second year:

Real and complex analysis

Vect calc and linear alg

Stats and prob

into to PDE

Abstract algebra

Third year

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics

Mathematical computing

partial diff eq and waves

non linear ODE's

Missing but cant fit 3rd year:

Differential geometry

Metric spaces ie Hilbert

It seems like I am doing more maths than physics just to do physics.

Am I doing it right? Is it normal to fit all of this into an undergrad or are these grad topics for a physics PhD candidate? (read: not a maths PhD candidate)

Perhaps I would be better with some comp sci too?

Appreciate any help and time you have to offer.

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