I'm a rising senior in a tiny liberal arts college, and definitely want to go to grad school upon graduation in May '06. Being a BA in physics and math instead of a BS in either means I don't have as many classes, but I have some great internships. Here's where I stand:
2 semesters of "intro" physics (kinematics, waves, thermo, electronics)
"Intro" E&M (not really useful)
"Advanced" E&M (i.e. Griffiths Book)
Modern (intro quantum, atomic, particle, etc)
Classical Mech (marion book)
You'll note that Thermo and Quantum are nowhere to be seen. I take Quantum the fall of my senior year (the time when the October test occurs) and Thermo the SPRING of my senior year (during the April Test). Apparently my college is pretty good at cramming the necessary quantum in the period from august to test day in oct.
I'm already at a disadvantage being from a lib. arts college. Should I just forget about getting a good score this fall and wait until April (setting me back a year), or do you think I can learn enough Thermo from my intro books and knowledge of atomic physics?
Suggestions for either path would be greatly appreciated!