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Also, learning to program couldn't hurt. It might even make it easier to get into doing some lab work with a professor.

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in maths...

Have you done Linear Algebra? If not, get that done.

Second i would say Complex Analysis.

Then you can go into Vector Calculus and PDE if you like.

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Also, they prolly have a similar "Mathematical Methods for Physicists" for grad students...check what is covered in that...and if possible take individual Math course on those subjects.

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Now, this was what an ordinary particle physicist needs, but if you want to go further than that and see really the beautiful mathematical structure beyond the physical theories, you might also consider courses like: Differential Geometry (used everywhere in physics, especially GR and also Gauge Theories), Functional Analysis (used for a rigorous formulation of QM and also for advanced methods of solving PDE's), Complex Analysis (especially contour integration, but also for general knowledge (or perhaps complex geometry later on)), Topology (also general knowledge to see the frequently recurring structures in other mathematical fields (esp. diff. geo or later alg. topology)). Advanced calculus should be of course the first on your list if you haven't taken it yet.

Particle Physicists are also doing a lot of computer simulations, so some knowledge of C++/FORTRAN would be helpful.

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Here's what I plan to have completed by the time I start grad school (assuming I'm accepted somewhere. lol)

Calc II

Calc III

Linear Algebra

Differential Equations

Mathematical proofs

Vector calc/complex variables

Advanced differential equations

Geometry (intro to the non-euclidean stuff)

Differential Geometry

Advanced Linear Algebra

I don't think I'll be able to, but I'd also like to take these courses

Numerical Analysis

Intro to Topology

I'd really like to do an independent study involving the group theory, lie algebra, clifford algebras, that seem to be very exciting.

Don't know how much that helps you (I'm hoping to do theory btw), but I've asked about everyone I can find and this is what I got out of it.

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Anyways thanks for all the advice guys! I have a much better picture of what classes I should be signing up for.

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