What is Degree: Definition and 1000 Discussions

An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher education, usually at a college or university. These institutions commonly offer degrees at various levels, usually including bachelor's, master's and doctorates, often alongside other academic certificates and professional degrees. The most common undergraduate degree is the bachelor's degree, although in some countries there are lower level higher education qualifications that are also titled degrees (e.g. associate degrees and foundation degrees).

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  1. chwala

    Determining the horizontal asymptote

    Consider, I am self-studying; My interest is on the horizontal asymptote, now considering the degree of polynomial and leading coefficients, i have ##y=\dfrac{2}{1} =2## Therefore ##y=2## is the horizontal asymptote. The part that i do not seem to get is (i already checked this on desmos)...
  2. bhobba

    Are Degree Apprenticeships a Good idea

    See: https://www.education.gov.au/system/files/2023-09/AUA_inter_tranche7_157 Australian Industry Group Attachment.pdf Just as an aside, my father did one under a now ancient cadet-type scheme. It was accelerated a bit due to WW2, and he was a technical sergeant in the Air Force, and, so I...
  3. Mashiro

    B Finding polynomials with given roots

    Say we have the following conditions: For an any degree polynomial with integer coefficients, the root of the polynomial is n. There should be infinite polynomials that satisfy this condition. What is the general way to generate one of the polynomial?
  4. AimaneSN

    Getting into an engineering career with no degree...

    Hi there, I need some guidance regarding a personal ambition of mine. I am currently working as an actuary in the insurance field in my native country (not the U.S. nor Canada) after having taken undergraduate courses in mathematics and physics some 6 years ago. And though I get to use my...
  5. S

    What's New in Physics Since the Last 50 Years?

    Hi folks, 50 odd years ago I did a physics degree - wonder if anything interesting has happened since. Logged in a while ago, but seems lost. Worked in signal processing, still do the odd wee research contract. Nothing right now, thought I would have a look in here.

    How Can I Refresh My Math Skills for a Physics Course?

    I haven't taken a math course since 2007 and never went past algebra 2 trigonometry
  7. D

    Translating reciprocating motion into a 45 degree rotation

    I'm trying to design a mechanism to translate reciprocating motion into a 45 degree rotation. Here's the idea: A pin will push against the part marked in red, causing part of the desired rotation. Then, when the pin is pulled back, its interaction with the blue part will complete a 45 degree...
  8. V

    B Conflicting definition of degree of freedom in Kinetic Theory of Gases

    I am seeing conflicting definitions of degree of freedom in my textbook. If I look at the definition given as per screenshot below then it is the number of independent terms/variables/coordinates used to define the energy of a molecule. But, if I look at the statement of Equipartition of energy...
  9. lucija_z

    Programs Pursuing a Master's in Physics After an Architecture Degree

    hi, is it possible after a bachelor's degree in architecture to pursue a master's degree in physics and how?
  10. tetrahed

    Other Do I need a physics degree to get into a physics graduate program?

    I know this might be a stupid question, but I am serious. Some of my friends are in graduate programs not much related to their major (a number of my friends majored in math but are in computer science grad programs, and vice versa), so I am curious whether the same holds for physics. In my...
  11. L

    Admissions Academics gap: Looking for 2nd M.Sc Physics degree or a PhD Physics?

    Hi everyone, I finished M.Sc Physics by "Research" at a UK university during the academic year of 2015. I am an international student from India. As I did not do well in my oral presentation defending my M.Sc thesis (but it was not worst), as a result, I got a pass degree. Before the day or...
  12. Frostyscie

    Programs Which physics concentration should I declare for my degree?

    Hello. I am a non-traditional undergrad, currently conducting materials and electrochemistry research (optics, photonics, semiconductors, energy storage). Before going to college (post-secondary), I had extensive experience in bioinformatics and biomolecular research. Although it is not yet the...
  13. F

    Career Direction after rough end to Physics degree

    I recently graduated last year with a BS in Physics. To say that it was rough would be an understatement. I started off my degree very well, getting nearly all A's and A-'s. My performance would decline for various reasons, though mostly due to mental health which spiraled and became a bad...
  14. Y

    Wanting to get an Online Bachelor's Degree in Physics

    Can I get an online bachelor in physics because I live in a country with law education rank in natural sciences
  15. lucky31501

    Programs What courses would best benefit an Applied Mathematics degree?

    Hi everyone! I am looking for advice on what courses I should take to better flush out my degree/be more versatile. Currently, I am going into my sophomore year in Applied Mathematics. I originally wanted to change into a Math/CS degree, but it was full, so I had to settle with taking the...
  16. L

    Programs Software Development Degree vs CompSci Degree

    I was thinking which degree would open more doors? Would employers look down on me for having a Software Dev degree? Which degree has a better roi?
  17. LCSphysicist

    Degree of Freedom: Definition & Examples - Confused? Ask Here!

    Hello. I am a little confused with the definition of degree of freedom, since i always count it wrong when it is necessary: Is it the number of coord?inates necessary to describe the problem, or the number of independent coordinates I ask this because, for example, see this problem: A rotator...
  18. Lunct

    Courses Maths or Physics: Which Degree is Right for Me?

    I am currently on track to do a degree in Physics and Philosophy next academic year in the UK, but have been recently thinking about switching my application to Mathematics and Philosophy. (I am aware I could switch to a theoretical physics, or a maths and physics degree, but then I couldn't do...
  19. Y

    Programs Certificate and Degree in the same field?

    Hello friends, Is it a waste of time to get both a degree and certificate in the same field? If for example I received a graduate certificate and a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, does having a flow blown masters degree sort of overwrite the certificate credential? While it's nice to...
  20. user366312

    Admissions European PhD Application Rules: Incomplete Degree Programs from Poland

    I already have an MSc from outside the EU. But, I also have an incomplete CS degree from Poland which I dropped out of. European Ph.D. schools often ask for a CV, not "all the transcript from all the attended programs" as they ask in North America. Therefore, can I skip the information...
  21. H

    Starting a bachelors degree at 23 (should I be worried?)

    so guys, I had to drop out of college due to financial problems and could could not really complete higher secondary school education(Alevels) until last year. I passed with decent grades(A*,A,A) I hope to join a university in the fall of 2022 and earn a bachelors degree in mechanical...
  22. A

    Chemistry Degree of Ionization in Chemistry Textbooks

    Can someone please tell me what is the chemistry textbook that available about degree of ionization? I use Chemistry the Central Science textbook by Brown. Unfortunately I couldn't find about degree of ionization in this textbook. Degree of ionization is studied in undergraduate of Mechanical...
  23. R

    Physics Is getting a Master's degree in physics worth it?

    Is getting a masters degree in physics worth it or is anything short of a PhD at the same level as a bachelors when it comes to job types and prospects?
  24. M

    B Why Is a Cubic Polynomial Called 'Third Degree'?

    Why is a third degree polynomial called a cubic polynomial? I just don’t see the connection between 3 and a cube.
  25. G

    Engineering Vibrations of a rod and vertical spring with 60 degree angle offset

    This is the problem I am working on at the moment. The question states that the bar is at rest in this state. At a 60 degree angle to the horizontal and supported by the vertical spring at B. Small oscillations are introduced and I am required to find the equation of motion and the natural...
  26. M

    Schools Is there a good school to pursue a BS in Math (Online) degree?

    Currently, I am still in community college but I am not confident of getting admitted/accepted to Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) next year, although I've applied this fall as a transfer applicant. I want to know if there's a good school to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Online) degree with...
  27. F

    Courses Mathematics Bachelor's Degree: Choices ahead

    I am studying mathematics as bachelor in my second year. At the moment I am taking abstract algebra, analysis (measure and integration theory) and probability course. I don't know exactly what I want to do with maths but the applications in physics always have fascinated me. The next term I have...
  28. Y

    Other Should I Upgrade Graduate Certificate Into Second Masters Degree?

    I have two Electrical Engineering Degrees, Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering. I'm almost done with a Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering. Which is 4 classes. I can upgrade the Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering to a full blown masters (10 classes). Should I? My...
  29. C

    Applied Physics Degree: Is It Misleading to Employers?

    Summary:: I don't know I can say I have an "Applied Physics" degree, hoping for an engineering job. I am majoring in Computer Science & Physics with an Applied Concentration at my school. This essentially the Applied Concentration is dependent on the electives that I take in my Physics major...
  30. K

    A Dissipation function is homogeneous in ##\dot{q}## second degree proof

    We have Rayleigh's dissipation function, defined as ## \mathcal{F}=\frac{1}{2} \sum_{i}\left(k_{x} v_{i x}^{2}+k_{y} v_{i j}^{2}+k_{z} v_{i z}^{2}\right) ## Also we have transformation equations to generalized coordinates as ##\begin{aligned} \mathbf{r}_{1} &=\mathbf{r}_{1}\left(q_{1}, q_{2}...
  31. M

    Programs Maths vs Physics degree for theoretical physics

    Hi, I'm interested in doing research in theoretical cosmology (the kind or work hawking did). Should I do an undergraduate degree in mathematics or physics? I'm in the UK so I can't do a double major. I'm well aware of the fact that interests change a LOT later on, but ideally which one is...
  32. R

    Programs How to pursue a physics grad program with a math degree?

    Hello, I hold a BS in mathematics and want to pursue a career in physics. Is there any way where I can directly join a physics grad program from my current background? What are the options available? And would it be better to pursue an MS in applied math and then switch to physics? Would a good...
  33. A

    Climate skeptics according to faculty and/or degree?

    I'm looking for a survey, research or some statistics that shows in which university faculty climate skeptics are more or less present. Same for level of degree. I found only some according to the political orientation but nothing about the above. Did I miss something? If so, can you please...
  34. F

    Admissions Statement of Purpose for Physics Masters Degree Application

    I need advice in writing statement of purpose, particularly on my field of interest. I come from an undergraduate university which there is nothing much going on, just take courses and lab work, no research or anything like that available, hence I don't really have enough experience to describe...
  35. R

    Physics How to start a career in physics having a degree in applied math?

    Hello, I have a Bachelor's degree in mathematics and I want to pursue a career in physics. I have a good understanding of physics and have the ability to learn very advanced topics by myself just by reading college books and solving the exercises. I am more attracted to experimental physics but...
  36. pairofstrings

    B Cosine of 1 degree and cosine of 60 degrees?

    Why is cos (1)° = 0.9998? cos(60)° = ½? Thanks.
  37. K

    Enrolling in a Graduate Physics Program with an Architecture Degree

    Hello, Is it possible to enroll in a graduate program in physics if I have an an undergraduate degree in architecture? Or is an undergraduate degree in physics- or in a related field- required to qualify? (Assuming that I have studied extensively physics (alone) while obtaining my degree in...
  38. K

    Job Skills IT certifications vs IT degree only?

    So I decided to go back to community college nearby and enroll in this IT associate degree program. However, I'm wondering is a associate degree good enough to get my foot in the door or should I do certs? By the way I don't have any IT experience.
  39. M

    Physics Advice on type of physics degree to do

    hi all, Fairly old student here looking to go back and follow my life long dream of geting into physics. My goal is to eventually move into the study of theoretical physics, cosmology, that type of the stuff. So the things I am really interested in are Theory of Relativity, string theory...
  40. Vatsy31

    Admissions Can someone critique my statement of purpose? (Master's Degree in Quantum Engineering)

    I have written and rewritten a lot of times but I need some fresh eyes on my sop. It would be great if someone can help me out. I have less than a week to readjust it and send. My motivation to apply for the Masters Degree in quantum engineering at University of Wurzburg is to...
  41. Philip551

    Studying Advice for preparing for a physics degree

    I am currently in the last year of my high school studies, and I wonder how to best prepare for university. I already have a solid coding base, having currently enrolled in a Python for physics course. I also am studying further maths, something like Calculus 2 in the US. How do you believe a...
  42. Menna_Ali

    How Hard is it to find a research job with a Master's degree in Physics?

    Hello everyone, ever since I was little I wanted to go into the research field, I have a bachelor degree in physics but I actually wanted to major in engineering because I am more of a doer and I enjoy experimenting with things on hand, but I had to major in physics because in my country (Egypt)...
  43. S

    Programs Can I go from a Physics Bachelor's degree to a Comp Sci Master's?

    Hi, I recently graduated with a Physics and (pure) Math double major but I'm having a bit of a crisis on where to go with my life. I'd like to pursue a Physics PhD, but I'm trying to think of a plan B in case that doesn't work out. I have a general interest in math and programming, so I was...
  44. V

    Confusion on which Master's degree area to choose

    Hello all, I am trying to search for different areas to do masters which would match my interests. I am broadly interested in , fluids (aligned to general aerodynamics) especially compressible fluids , turbomachinery, rockets. I am thinking to work in some sector related to gas turbines or jet...
  45. B

    How do i get a nuclear engineering degree

    Summary:: how do i get a nuclear engineering degree im attending a cal state right now and I am on track to finish my 4th year and get my BS in finance this spring. i want to pursue a BS(maybe even MS) in nuclear engineering immediately after, or preferably start this fall. ideally, my end...
  46. DeathByKugelBlitz

    Physics I have an A-level in physics but no degree, what jobs can I get?

    I have a Foundation Year pass but dropped out of uni in the first year due to COVID making learning go online, which was terrible. All I can find online is stuff you need a degree for but nothing about A-levels
  47. Z

    Admissions Applying to a PhD in Pure Math with an undergraduate degree in physics

    Not from the US. I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Engineering Science. Mid-way through my undergraduate study, I realized that I am more interested in pure math than physics and wanted to apply for a PhD in pure math after my graduation. I had done research and written a...