I got admitted to a bachelor's in EE at a public university in my country (Malaysia). In my country, to apply to uni, we rank our choices 1-10, and then the automated system goes one by one until we get accepted to one or none at all. I put maths and CS courses for my first 9 and only put EE as my safety because this safety school does not offer a CS or Math program. I guess I got unlucky and only got accepted by the safety school.
It really is sinking in right now that I might not be able to switch back to mathematics for grad school which is my passion. The general advice for switching is:
- taking graduate courses (not really possible but I'll try asking),
- taking more math courses (not possible because our math department only offers courses oriented toward engineering and I am already taking them all), and
- getting research experience (I can try asking for this too but probably not possible).
I am determined to study a lot of mathematics on my own and also try and ask to shadow or assist in maths research at a uni near my home (higher ranked, dedicated math department) but I have no idea how to convey that in grad school applications or if it would even carry any weight. I'm worried the amount of mathematics I'm taking wouldn't even let me apply to some masters which are more lenient in requirements.
I've been looking into doing my masters in Germany, China, Canada or at my local uni with the top math department in the country. Unfortunately my math department doesn't offer proof-style courses and there are only 3 dedicated math departments in the country as it isnt a highly desirable degree here.
What's my best option? Would accredited online courses carry much weight? Or should I try to focus on switching to a math-adjacent field like CS or Physics?