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I am a second year student in 'Science de la nature' and would like to know if you have any opinion on Calculus Three (Calcul différentiel et intégral III) and Statistics (Probabilités et statistiques). I am thinking about going in actuary or comptability or any other maths/stats domain in university. Which course could help me the most in University?
Multi-variable calculus can be challenging.

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Dude, I'm an astronomer too, awesome !!

It's a great field to be in, and all the ones you list are good choices.

Exoplanets are a very hot topic now, and neutron stars and white dwarves have a high potential to be hot topics. All are good choices, so I wouldn't worry too much. Just go where you feel the most comfortable, i.e. where you'll be most productive.

I have never heard anybody say anything negative about Andrew *******. Haha, the website filters his British name.

"Extragalactic physics" is broad, I'm not sure what it means. It's a hot topic in that it's like 70% of astronomy in North America, so you can get a lot of citations on a high tide, but a lot of it is garbage and it may be hard to stand out on the basis of quality of work.

BTW, you don't necessarily need to know your thesis topic on day one ...
The one whose surname is filtered out to is one of those I'd like to work under at McGill, but there's also Kaspi or Rutledge for what is it that I want to do. One of the profs I had as an undergrad is a prof that collaborates with that guy on a regular basis.

For Tufts (and most US grad schools), subject selection can wait until one year into a PhD program, and American grad schools that offer Master's degree programs in physics are usually non-thesis. But for Canadian schools, you need to have at least an idea of what you want to work, as well as a supervisor, to actually matriculate at the MSc level, let alone the PhD level.

BTW, my dog is dead for attending an American PhD program, including Tufts, since I will not be able to take the Physics GRE on time and the earliest I could take one is in April and deadlines for Fall admission of international students at US schools are in December (Tufts) or in January. However, there is that prof at Tufts that somehow acknowledged that Quebecer undergraduate physics programs were rigorous, and even better than many American undergraduate BSc programs.

Plus, for the April Physics GRE, I have to go to either Kingston or to somewhere in upstate NY or Vermont to take it, since Montreal, which does have a GRE testing center, does NOT offer the Physics GRE (presumably since the Educational Testing Service thinks that most Quebecer students who want to go to grad school for physics are staying in Canada to do so, and no Canadian school in its right mind that offer Physics at the graduate level would ask for it). In short: I hate the ETS!

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