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Which combinations should I take for my B.Sc?

  1. Dec 5, 2009 #1
    Hey there, I'm currently a first year physics student at the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and intent to register is approaching (March, I panic easily) and I really need to think about what modules I want to take.

    The way it works here is you have 20 credits to get for a 4 year degree: 5 credits per year.

    An Honors Specialization is 9/15 credits (5 for first year are just prerequisites), and you have to maintain a 70%.

    A Major is 6/15 credits, and you need a 60% average.

    A Minor is 4/15 credits, with no average requirement.

    Its now end of the first term and my average is well above what it needs to be, so I'm not worried about difficulty in my choices, just which combination I want/what would be best for me.

    Up to this point, I've been whole-heartedly behind an http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2009/pg722.html" [Broken]. The Minor covers a lot of courses I really want to take in fourth year (QMII and III, EM II and Classical Field Theory, ACM II, Intro to EP, Linear Operators for the Physical Sciences), but it lacks a lot of math courses. I'm extremely strong in math, and am very interested, and thats where my dilemma lies.

    Recently, I've been looking into an Honors Specialization in Astrophysics with a http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2009/pg601.html" [Broken] so I can take a lot of math courses. The problem here though, is I don't get to take all those courses that the Minor allowed me to take. So what I'm contemplating taking Spring/Summer semesters at least half time to take extra courses I need so I have room for them later (but this sucks cause I'm applying for an NSERC scholarship and internship this summer, and if I get one (though unlikely for first years, even if my average is well over the advised) I won't be able to take the courses).

    Then I started thinking about the Honors Specialization in Astrophysics with a http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2009/pg688.html" [Broken] for even more math courses, but again I would have to take extra courses to take the ones I want.

    Lastly, I've contemplated an http://westerncalendar.uwo.ca/2009/pg598.html" [Broken], where I'd get to take all the maths and all the upper year physics classes, but I wouldn't be in the Physics Department, and a lot of the lab classes that I would originally be taking, I wouldn't, and I'd be missing out on all my astrophysics classes.

    What do I do!!

    If it was up to me, I'd be doing two degrees concurrently, lol, Astrophysics with the Minor, and Applied Math with a Major in Math.

    I guess what I'm asking is what is better for me in the future: grad school, etc.

    I can handle the workload, that isn't a big deal (first year's been an absolute bore academically, almost as bad as highschool)... I guess I'm just too interested in too many topics.
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