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Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics for undergrad?

TacoTyrantTacoTyrant 0 replies1 threads New Member
So I've been trying to narrow down my selection of majors and so far I've narrowed it down to Applied Math and Applied Physics.
Now I would like to eventually be like a sort of Elon Musk one day or maybe even a real life(meaning more realistic) Tony Stark.
Maths come fairly easily to me and I'm quite sure I will have no problem.
I'd also like a fair bit of programming involved or the ability to take CS electives because I might want to go into game development one day.
I am also open to any other suggested undergrad majors, yet be weary with your suggestions, as I might wish to get into a Physics or Maths PhD program for grad school, and after extensive research it seems this isn't very easy with an Engineering undergrad.
I'm currently leaning toward Applied Math because I hear there are less labs required and less work administered, although the work is harder. The difficulty of work doesn't really matter to me and thus less work would be better, as I would like free time to research and self study as well.
Free time is also nice to relax and take my mind off of things.

All help is appreciated,
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  • CalDudCalDud 1658 replies125 threads Senior Member
    edited September 2014
    I did Applied Mathematics & Statistics as an undergraduate. Now that I'm employed, all I do is program and pretty much use zero knowledge from what I learned in college. There were many engineering students who switched into a master's in Applied Mathematics at my alma mater. It is also typical to double major in Mathematics/Physics.

    I'd get comfortable with labs. At the very least, projects to do. My Applied Mathematics classes often made us do projects/research. I took a good dose of physics and for the most part those had labs as well. I'm currently preparing to enter into a Mechanical & Aerospace master's program.

    Do yourself a favor if you become a math major: get good at programming. No one has a math degree that I know of at the company I work for. I think I am the first. 90% have degrees in Computer Engineering. Some people have gotten extremely far without any degree at all! Just mad programming skills. I had very little programming background, but I still got a job since they liked me so much during the interview. I learned the language pretty fast and am about to go to work in 10 minutes, actually.

    Hey, Tony Stark is pretty cool. My Macbook right now has Iron Man with the Apple lit up in his hand. I am also wearing a Space X sweater! These are good role models to have. Be realistic with expectations of yourself, though. I think I walked into college thinking I was going to be the next Richard Feynman because I loved physics so much. Didn't happen.
    edited September 2014
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  • xraymancsxraymancs 4682 replies19 threadsForum Champion Graduate School Forum Champion
    @CalDud has good advice. If you like the Applied Math major best go for it but make sure you have a lot of classes from physics as well. Having a strong science background is a plus.
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