Which undergrad courses are essential to graduate study success?

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I am an undergrad planning on transferring to UW-Madison for nuclear engineering and will also likely pick up a secondary major in physics.

The physics major is more of a safety, because I don't know what I am really interested in at this point... Having both leaves options open.

Being that I am doing this to "keep options open", the idea of graduate school is obviously looming in my head.

The reason for this post is that UW-Madison has VERY lenient requirements to fulfill for their physics degree.

All they require is that you take General Physics I and II (Mechanics, and E&M), Modern Physics, take an advanced lab (which is covered by a Nuclear Engineering lab I will have to take), and 9 other credits in upperclassman (300+) courses.

9 credits is essentially 3 classes.

Having a second major seems pointless to me if it does not qualify you for graduate studies or prepare you fully for the physics GRE subject test.

Will these bare-minimums do this?
If so, which courses are needed?
If not...which courses are needed?


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Upper-level E&M, Statistical Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, and Quantum Mechanics would be the obvious courses I'd consider "necessary" for graduate studies...
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would you say that those would adequately prepare someone for the GRE, though?

What, in addition to that, would you say could be important?

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