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Topology
Prereqs
 18.100  Not really necessary; the class provides an introduction to mathematical rigor.
Textbook
 Munkres  Excellent. Very clear and precise. The class covers the first half.
Comments
Point set topology, in and of itself, is fairly worthless, but since it is used almost universally in mathematics, so you have to learn it at some point. Except for ~3 theorems, the class is a bunch of definitions and straightforward consequences (the definitions, though, are far from obvious). In my opinion, it's not necessary to devote an entire semester to the subject, and it seems possible to pick up the textbook and learn the material over the summer or something.