Kinbote wrote:I know someone in my school who got into experimental AMO (Boulder, Yale, UIUC, Berkeley) without a math major (or too strong a math bacground), an 860 PGRE, and solid research.
If you want to think in practical terms, a 3.7 GPA in math is more helpful to grad school than a 4.0 in unrelated non-scientific courses.
pseudoscalar wrote:Thanks for the helpful replies, everyone.If you want to think in practical terms, a 3.7 GPA in math is more helpful to grad school than a 4.0 in unrelated non-scientific courses.
As I am coming from a liberal arts college, it is natural for any student to be encouraged to take a lot of unrelated courses. I was thinking if I did very well on my physics courses without doing many math courses, the unrelated courses wouldn't count against me, and neither would the lack of math courses. My potential as a mathematician would remain a mystery. On the other hand, I was worried that if I took many math courses and didn't do as well in them, then admissions committees would clearly know that I am only a good mathematician, not an excellent one.
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