I am enrolled in a undergrad program of natural sciences. Basically I can major in Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, Earth Science, Materials.
I was very interested in mathematics before I joined the program and wanted to have a mathematics major. Later, I understood, the rigor that math courses required, I am not built that way.
I have taken courses in applied math related fields. Ex: Mathematical Finance, Optimisation, Machine Learning, Linear Algebra etc and I absolutely love them. On the other hand I hate (yes! I hate!) courses like real/complex analysis, algebra, Calc-II, etc ( I found Calc-I pretty interesting!)
When I say I “hate” those courses, I mean I either don’t understand those abstract things or I just dont feel like studying those topics and end up getting grades like B/C. Whereas the courses I mentioned as “I love” I almost never get below A/A+.
My undergrad math major at my university doesn’t have any such applied courses in math. Most of my courses are very very abstract.
Now I have completed my minor requirements of math. I can continue this to get a major or can get a major in a completely different field.
Now I have a feeling I might fail in more advanced math courses which are part of the major curriculum. On the other hand I don’t want to do Physics, Biology, Chemistry all over again from start!
From what I have understood I like stuffs like math modelling, optimisation, etc. Now my question is if I take a major in earth and environmental science with a minor in mathematics. What is the scope / research fields where I can work on applied math related field in earth science (with the combination available to me that seems to be the best alternative to me now)
PS: I want to do a PhD and continue with higher studies in a applied math related field.