## Help for High School Student

I need some advise. My parents want me to go into engineering. For the most part(still undecided) I prefer physics(especially theoritical). They don't think I can find a job with a physics degree. At least not without a PhD(they have heard certain companies pay engineers to get a PhD). Keep in mind my parent don't know much about Physics. I literally was asked by my mom "What is physics?" two days ago.
There is also another problem. I can't decide on a major for physics. I'm afraid if I do General Physics everything will be too broad and I'll end up learning a too little about everything(plus I've heard that specialty really helps when you are trying to get a job). I'm also afraid if I do Astrophysics(or any other type of physics) it will be too focused and I won't get any of the smaller stuff(in actual size not in importance). Theoretical Physics has always been a dream I've had in the back of my mind.
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 Off-topic: Nice collection of resources, Vivek. Here are some more links to add to your page (contains links to lots of lecture notes). http://www.geocities.com/alex_stef/mylist.html (every mathematician/physicist's favourite green-coloured page on the 'net ) - the site's currently down. http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/relativity.html - Relativity on WWW, Chris Hillman's site maintained by John Baez. http://www.theassayer.org/cgi-bin/as...ct.cgi?class=Q (The Science/Math/Computing section of theassayer.org)

## Help for High School Student

Off-topic: Thanks neutrino
 try engineering physics perhaps

 Quote by leon1127 try engineering physics perhaps
Interesting you should say that leon. Most pure physics people and pure engineering people are anti-engineering physics. Reason: the general opinion that ephy people neither do engineering properly nor physics. I have no first hand experience about this, but I rarely come across people who suggest Engineering Physics

Dr. Elect, is there any such thing as a Physics major with an engineering minor at your university by the way? Or maybe a double major in physics and engineering? That would make life a bit more difficult, but its worth it if you have any doubts about a future in pure physics/are bound to take engineering for some reason.

 My parents want me to go into engineering.
First of all, one needs to decide what one wishes to do academically and professionally - not one's parents. It's your life, not their's. Study physics or engineering because you want to do so, not because someone else wants you to.

If one wishes to pursue Theoretical Physics, then do so. Start by investigation Physics programs at various universities. There are generally standard curricula for Physics at the undergraduate level, and in such programs, one may pick electives, e.g. condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astrophyiscs, . . . , depending on one's particular interest.

Regarding Engineering Physics - there are programs at various univeristies, and there are faculty teaching in these programs, and there are students taking these programs.

U. of Wisconsin - Engineering Physics Program
http://www.engr.wisc.edu/ep/newepdegree.html

RPI - Engineering Physics Curriculum
http://www.rpi.edu/dept/mane/deptweb...gphy_4by4.html
http://www.rpi.edu/dept/mane/deptweb...ve_engphy.html
http://www.rpi.edu/dept/mane/deptweb...entration.html

Then there is the following
UIUC - Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM)

http://courses.uiuc.edu/cis/catalog/...TAM/index.html
 My university offers a BS titled "Computer Science and Physics" (no double major) so certainly I would think it would be possible. Actually lots of engineers go to grad school. There are actually more master's students in engineering at my school than in undergrad engineering, I think. Purely in terms of money, engineers with masters degrees can pull down several grand more per year over just a bachelors, for a couple years at least. Enough to make it financially viable to fund one's own way to graduate school with loans (with a tuition investment possibly as much as $20,000-$30,000) as many people do. It was not uncommon a while back for oustanding engineers to have reduced hours and fully paid tuition while working for a company so they could get a master's degree. However as the job market sank it's cheaper to hire people who already have master's. Corporate funding for a PhD is even more rare - I would not count on it at all.