I’m a physics (major) and mathematics (double major) student, and and I’m in my second year.
As I have written in this question:
Although I haven’t attended many different professor’s lectures, from
what I have experienced, and what I know about the professors in both
of my departments, I generally don’t like the style that the lecturers
uses in both departments. What I mean by this is that, for example, in
physics courses, generally lecturers tend to justify their claim by
doing “sloppy mathematics” and generally without clearly stating their
assumptions, and they don’t explicitly state what is an experimental
result and what is a mathematical result, so this generally confuses
me.Of course this is just one of the examples only in physics
department.Therefore, mostly I studied the subject by myself, and ask
the questions either to the T.A, or the professor’s itself depending
I should also note that, in both departments, there are some
professors whose way of explains things coincides with how I think, so
if I cannot understand a subject that I’m self-studying, I generally
go to those professors and ask them.
I do not like the way that most of the professors teach in physics department, and this situation appears to be exist also in mathematics department, i.e there are some professors who teach Advance Calculus to math students as if they are teaching freshman year Calculus to some other department’s students, so taking course from these kind of people really is just a waste of time for me.
Therefore, what I do is that I study almost all the subjects by myself including lots of subjects that I’m not going to take a lecture on.
Addition to those, the subjects that I’m going to study in physics, such as
Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics etc., needs lots of mathematical background on “tons” of subjects in mathematics if one wishes to study them rigorously. (Also lots of awareness on experiments done throughout the last two century), so I cannot directly take courses in physics department and study them by myself and pass the lecture because of the “prerequisites” that I have mentioned, I need time before taking those courses, so even though I have >3.5 GPA in both of my major, I’m planing to stay one extra year in university, which means I will graduate from both my degrees in 6 years (even though I was also taking courses from math department in my freshman year, I have officially started my double major this fall, and in my country, a major lasts 4 years).
After I graduate, I’m going to pursue Phd (in physics or mathematics), but how will this, i.e late graduation and what I did during my undergraduate degree, be perceived by the admission committee ? Moreover, how will this be perceived by a future employer, or in general, if I do this, what will this affect my academic career negatively ?