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Major in ComSci, physics grad school?

by CyberShot
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CyberShot
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Jan6-11, 12:06 AM
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I'm in my 3rd year and I just switched my major over to computer science from physics, as this allows me to keep my career options much more open. This means I've already taken the required lower division math/physics classes for a physics major.

Now, I know it'd be hard to get accepted to a physics PhD program from just a CS B.S., but could I at least get into some lower level Masters programs in physics (maybe with a computation physics emphasis?) if I decide that physics is what I really want to do post-graduation?

I'm doing undergrad in Northern California at a UC, if it helps.

Thanks
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Jan6-11, 05:12 AM
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The root issue isn't "can I get in". The root issue is that you are unprepared. If you want to do a graduate degree in physics, you are expected to have completed the coursework of an undergraduate in physics.
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Jan6-11, 08:10 AM
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I'm in my 3rd year and I just switched my major over to computer science from physics, as this allows me to keep my career options much more open. This means I've already taken the required lower division math/physics classes for a physics major.

Now, I know it'd be hard to get accepted to a physics PhD program from just a CS B.S., but could I at least get into some lower level Masters programs in physics (maybe with a computation physics emphasis?) if I decide that physics is what I really want to do post-graduation?

I'm doing undergrad in Northern California at a UC, if it helps.

Thanks
Again, while it may not completely apply to your case, you might want to read this thread and use it as a possible test on your ability.

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=64966

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