ads99 Posted October 5, 2020 Share Posted October 5, 2020 In the spring I will be graduating with a degree in Physics and Math. I've spent most of my time in the physics department, but I have taken enough hours to be a Math major and have enjoyed a lot of the proof based math courses. I'm pretty sure I am a well qualified candidate for many mid-tier Physics PhD programs (REU, Home-University Research, tutoring, grades, undergrad researcher/student awards etc. in Physics) and competitive for some good schools. I have been doing a lot of experimental research in Physics, but I've always enjoyed the theoretical part of physics a lot more and I've only been doing the experimental stuff to fulfill a graduation requirement for honors. I've always enjoyed my math classes and I've really been enjoying the proof based classes more and I want to pursue more math oriented subjects, should I apply to an MS in math? Am I even qualified? I'll list my stats below, advice would be greatly appreciated. Math Classes: ~3.9 - Calc 1,2,3(Stewart) : A, A, B (Calc 2 and 3 were freshman year)( Methods of Math Proofs: B [this was same professor as the calc 3 professor, he never gave feedback or solutions to p-sets, tbh I don't think these grades reflect my potential] (Junior Year) Abstract Algebra (Judson): A Math Methods for Physics (cross-listed with a math class)(Boas): A (Sophmore) Linear Algebra: A Discrete Math: A Diff Eq: A PDE (Cain) : A Applied Math: A [spectral theory, applications of matrices, modelling techniques, MCMC, Runge Kutta, etc.] Intro to Stats/Prob: A Will Take/Currently Taking - Complex Analysis, Advanced Linear, Numerical Analysis Physics: GPA: ~3.9 Classical Mech (Taylor) : A ; QM ( McIntyre): A ; E&M (Griffths): A ; Advanced Lab: A; Computational Phys: A; Waves: A; Modern Phys: A; Thermo: A Advanced Computation (took with grad students): A [mcmc, fourier analysis, etc.] Currently Taking/ Will take - Graduate QM, Digital Logic I obviously probably missed a couple classes but I think that encompasses the 99% of the important stuff So the big concern: I'm missing Real Analysis and Topology and many 2 semester sequences - this is largely because the departments are not big enough and I have to wait 2 years for classes to be able to get enough demand to fill up with ~8 people. From what I understand not having real analysis is the real killer. Should I take Real analysis at another university after I graduate, then try to go to grad school ? Apply straight to MS? Try for theoretical Physics PhDs ? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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