Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am an undergraduate math major with a focus in pure math. I have taken one semester of real analysis but we only briefly mentioned topology. I am wondering do I need to take topology and a second semester of real analysis(or is one semester good enough) in order to prepare for graduate school? Another route is to take complex analysis in place of topology. Thanks for help

share|cite|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Zev Chonoles, Thomas Andrews, Ian Coley, vonbrand, M Turgeon Feb 11 '14 at 1:35

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

If you want to study pure maths you HAVE TO know general topology. I may say that every field of modern maths uses topology results.

share|cite|improve this answer
Topology is a pretty basic thing, every mathematician should know it, but it would be not too late to take it in the graduate school. This is how i had it myself. – Alexey Feb 10 '14 at 22:29
@Emin Would studying from schaums topology be sufficient? – d32 Feb 10 '14 at 22:29
@ Alexey what math courses had you taken before your topology course in grad school? – d32 Feb 10 '14 at 22:31
Yes. Shaum's book is a good one for learning main things in general topology. – Emin Feb 10 '14 at 22:31
@d32 i do not remember having taken more than one semester of real analysis, but i am not sure. In any case, i think it should be completely up to you to decide what to take, and even in the graduate school you will normally have choices. I think any recommendation should be based not on the course subject, but on who teaches it and on what you are currently interested in. – Alexey Feb 10 '14 at 22:50

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.