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June 27th, 2016, 11:23 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: May 2012 Posts: 203 Thanks: 5  Not sure
I really enjoy math, starting with calculus, linear algebra, Ode's... So far I have done the usual calculus stream up to vector calc, taken one complex analysis ( introduced to residue theory), 2 courses in linear algebra, one course on ODE's, an introductory course in group theory, and one numerical methods course. Ive taken some second year physics courses aswell. I'd like to improve my skills in analysis, complex analysis, numerical methods, and modeling with computers. I've never taken statistics from the math department, but would like to do that aswell... I don't pretend to be a true 'mathematician,' I don't think I am particularly good at math, or in any position to do real research in math.. but I do enjoy learning about all its details. And I won't ever feel satisfied stopping here. I also enjoy physics. at this point, I am worried about how I am going to support myself in the future..I am confused as to what to pursue as a career. I don't think I have what it takes to do pure math or physics, so I am thinking engineering might be a good route to take, as I would get to use math ( maybe take numerical methods, analysis, and stats courses on the side). Wondering if anybody has some thought on this for me, thanks. Last edited by Kinroh; June 27th, 2016 at 11:51 AM. 
June 30th, 2016, 05:11 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 982 Thanks: 347 Math Focus: Yet to find out. 
As an engineering student who enjoys math.. I'm tempted to encourage you to stick with your math studies and go all the way. That being said, if you enjoy physics and are keen to apply math, engineering could be a good choice! Just keep in mind that the way you've applied or used math in your previous math courses will likely be quite different from the way you use it in an engineering context, and this may be disappointing for you depending on what you enjoy about previous math units. In any case, i think you've got a pretty good idea of what you are interested in and want to do. So as a final piece of advice i would just say to stick with what interests you. 