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Question Any current/former math majors around? - April 21st 2014, 05:07 PM

Hello all,

It's been a heck of a long time since I've been here, but I have a question some of you might be able to answer.

I'm going to be a junior (third-year) math major at a fairly challenging university in the fall, and am trying to plan out my classes for at least the next year if not the next two. Trouble is, I tend to set very high standards so I'm not sure if my tentative class schedule is realistic. Could any of you perhaps look at it and tell me what you think?

I am registered to take Introduction to Proofs and Vector Calculus at the university this summer. (They require everyone to retake Vector Calculus with them.) Then...

Fall Quarter:
Real Analysis I
Abstract Algebra I
Linear Algebra
Writing/History (upper-division GE)

Winter Quarter:
Real Analysis II
Abstract Algebra II
Complex Analysis I
Writing/History (upper-division GE)

Spring Quarter:
Real Analysis III
Abstract Algebra III
Complex Analysis II
Topology (or internship)

I don't need a schedule this rigorous just to get my degree, but I am trying to go straight from bachelor's degree to a fully-funded and well-respected PhD program. For a bit of background: in my lower division classes I got all A's, except for two C's my last semester due to personal circumstances. Writing is a strength for me, so the GE's won't be particularly tough. I am just concerned that starting Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra at the same time will be difficult, since it is a new level of thinking. I am also concerned about starting Complex Analysis while taking Real Analysis and Abstract Algebra.

I would like to hear some of your personal experiences if you don't mind sharing them. Thank you!


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Re: Any current/former math majors around? - April 23rd 2014, 12:25 AM

Update: I spoke with an adviser from the mathematics program and learned that it would probably be a better idea to omit Linear Algebra from my fall schedule, just so I have time to get used to the pace of things. (It's not required, just recommended.) I've decided to take that advice. Still, if you guys have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.


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