What is Undergraduate: Definition and 610 Discussions

Undergraduate education is education conducted after secondary education and prior to postgraduate education. It typically includes all postsecondary programs up to the level of a bachelor's degree. For example, in the United States, an entry-level university student is known as an undergraduate, while students of higher degrees are known as graduate students. In some other educational systems, undergraduate education is postsecondary education up to the level of a master's degree; this is the case for some science courses in Britain and some medicine courses in Europe.

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  1. Emi_Garrido

    Recommended books for a physics undergrad

    Hello! I'm new here. I'm on my first year of physics at the UNAM, in Mexico, and I want to now which books and resources would you recommend me to 'survive' in the career, not just in physics, but also in the mathematical formalism for subjects such as geometry, abstract algebra, calculus...
  2. opperator

    Advice for an Undergraduate: What to do after I finish my Physics/Math double-major BS degrees?

    Hi, I'm an undergraduate student in the US going into their 3rd year (of 4), and I can start to feel the weight of deciding what to do after my undergraduate studies. I'll break down the concerns into 2 main questions, and any advice is greatly appreciated! For context, I am on track to finish...
  3. Rick16

    Why are Science Undergrad Programs Heavy on General Ed?

    I have always wondered about this: Why is it that at US-universities the ratio of subject matter courses to general education courses is so much lower in science programs than in engineering programs? As if there were not enough material in the sciences.
  4. A

    Programs My Story: Physics Undergraduate Struggling to Graduate on Time

    I'm a physics undergraduate student. Im gonna try to tell you the short version of my story. I used to be in a different science field, but always wanted to pursue physics. The reason I didn't do so at the start is because my parents were opposed to the idea (i was 17 and didn't argue much at...
  5. E

    Admissions Applying for PhD despite very weak undergraduate GPA

    Hi everyone, I'll keep it short and to the point. Just as the title say, I'm looking for advice on my situation. I'm very passionate about physics and want nothing more than a career in academia. I went to NYU and graduated with a bachelor's in physics in 2019. Due to various health issues...
  6. M

    Physics Book Recommendations for Self-Study at Undergraduate Level?

    TL;DR Summary: Physics book recommendation Hi everyone, I just found this site and I'm thankful for that. I want to study Physics as a pure science but in my city there is no bachelors degree, so I want to study by myself if it's possible. I just don't know where to start or what books should...
  7. D

    Undergraduate ABET and MS non-ABET

    I am at a crossroads. I have completed a good portion of a master's degree in mechanical engineering but the program is not ABET accredited. The same university does have an undergraduate ME program that is accredited. I have looked around on the ABET website and apparently, there is only a...
  8. LCSphysicist

    How to deal with depression in undergraduate studies?

    Hello everyone. Could you give me some advices on how to deal with depression, without medications (if i take medications, i will sleep too much), while you are on undergraduate? Thank you.
  9. P

    Is undergraduate modern physics hard?

    How hard is it compared to undergraduate thermodynamics? Is it harder or easier?
  10. P

    Undergraduate modern physics and condensed matter physics courses

    Do they really teach and help anything? I am taking them for my nanoengineering undergraduate program. The textbooks are solid state physics by j r hook and concepts of modern physics by mcgraw hill and r b singh introduction to modern physics and introduction to quantum mechanics by david j...
  11. F

    Other Undergraduate thesis topic ideas in medical physics

    I am a junior applied physics major. I am supposed to write my thesis topic proposal but honestly have no idea what to do. I wrote a proposal about using bipolar junction transistors to create a dosimeter but there are already studies on it and honestly, I am not sure about it so I am trying to...
  12. C

    Is Spending an Extra Semester in Undergraduate Research Worth It?

    I am at a bit of a fork in the road. I know after I am done with my undergraduate degree, at least at some point, I would like to either go to graduate school or be an independent researcher -- either way, I really want to do research. The way I see it, conducting research could help me on...
  13. M

    Help on Learning Quantum Mechanics (Undergraduate)

    Summary:: I am in the highest level Quantum class at my university- technically considered a grad class. I am an undergrad and need advice on just how to learn it. What study tips? Good Youtubers? Physical simulations? Anything that helped you in quantum mechanics. Hello! I am an undergrad...
  14. H

    Job Skills Private sector research, undergraduate physics

    Hello, I'm about to graduate with undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science. I'm considering applying to graduate school because I want to do physics research, but I also need a decent job at the moment (I don't believe that graduate students get paid more than a survival wage). Is...
  15. M

    Number Theory Can anyone recommend me a textbook for Number Theory (Undergraduate)?

    So far, I've taken Ordinary Differential Equations and Introduction to Mathematical Proof. My plan is to take "Introduction To Number Theory" for next semester in Spring 2022. But my professor told me that she won't use a textbook for this class. I was wondering what are some of the good...
  16. july21

    Studying Seeking your suggestions on my upcoming undergraduate course workload

    I'm an upcoming undergraduate physics student and I had make a brief plan on my undergraduate study. sem 1: general chemistry, introphy1+lab, calculus, linear algebra 1 sem 2: advanced calculus 1, introphy2&3+2labs sem 3: advanced calculus 2, classical mechanics 1, electrodynamics 1, linear...
  17. M

    Studying Necessary maths for undergraduate physics

    I’m starting a physics BSc in the Uk in September, just brushing up on some maths skills before. To speed the process up I’m wondering what maths is not absolutely necessary. I‘m brushing up on all pure ,ash’s and mechanics, but statistics is included in the UK A level too which I am not too...
  18. 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...
  19. G

    How to sell math/physics textbooks in Europe?

    Hello everyone, I don't know if that's the correct place to ask this (didn't want to pollute the science and math textbooks recommendations), sorry if it is not. I have undergraduate physics and mathematics textbooks that I am trying to sell. I live in Belgium and I bought textbooks...
  20. Eclair_de_XII

    I don't know if I should keep reviewing my undergraduate math

    On one hand, I'm afraid I'm going to forget how to do it. On the other, some of the material feels tedious and stale. Sometimes, I encounter material I've covered and have never had to use outside the class I learned it in, which is sort of discouraging. I'm already having difficulty tackling...
  21. T

    Other Undergraduate studies and making or publishing papers

    Hello. I am sorry for asking these questions but could an undergraduate student in math like me make efforts on topics and make or publish papers?As well, could an undegraduate student make not top rated or top class papers but low or average rated papers? What your advice would be on those...
  22. I

    Classical Reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics as an Undergraduate

    We were prescribed Goldstein, Taylor and Marion/Thornton for our first course in analytical mechanics, and I'm about to finish up the course but I feel like I have not gotten a good physical, intuitive grasps of the concepts, so I've been trying to read the texts a bit more. Taylor and...
  23. F

    Foundations What are the best undergraduate math books?

    I intend to self-learn undergraduate math program.What are the books for undergraduate math?Please show me all some books that cover the whole program!
  24. K

    Classical Best undergraduate electromagnetics textbook

    Hi I am looking for a textbook that covers most of the topics in a general undergraduate electromagnetics course. It would be great if the topics below are covered. I don't mind getting a few but would like to find a good explanation of these topics. thanks Gauge invariance Lorenz gauge Greens...
  25. R

    I Video lectures in Nuclear and Particle physics? (Undergraduate)

    Hi everyone, I was hoping the internet would be filled with video lectures since lots of universities have been forced to conduct online teaching. However, that doesn't seem to be the case. Therefore I was hoping that some of you know of some great video lectures for nuclear and particle...
  26. J

    Other How much does one's undergraduate field of research matter?

    I am currently an undergraduate sophomore at a US university that is very reputable for physics. I am majoring in physics, and would like to one day attend grad school, so I tried to start research early and was able to find a research position this fall semester. I emailed a couple of theory...
  27. J

    Physics Research for Undergraduate Physicists not looking to go into academics

    I'm a second year undergraduate theoretical physics student. I really enjoy physics and if I'm perfectly honest I'm not certain whether or not I want to pursue a career in academics or not. However, I've had a question on my mind relating to research experience required for careers outside of...
  28. StenEdeback

    Relativity Good introductory book about general relativity at undergraduate level

    Summary:: I am looking for a good introductory book about general relativity at undergraduate level. I am looking for a good introductory book about general relativity at undergraduate level.
  29. rbh

    Schools Undergraduate Aerospace Engineering in Europe: Beyond the UK

    Hello, I'm currently in high school, I want to study aerospace engineering, what are best universities to do undergraduate studies in Europe outside of UK?
  30. poudyalb

    Other Undergraduate 3rd Year - Need some Academic / Career Advice

    Hi, I needed some help/advice. I am a Math Major at Dickinson College. I am also taking lots of courses in Physics and Philosophy. At this point, which is the fall semester of my junior year, I have: - 3 more courses left to complete my Math major. I still need to take Abstract Algebra, a...
  31. Demandish

    Introductory Linear Algebra Texts

    I am currently enrolled in Multivariate Calculus and am looking to get build up a solid base of mathematics for undergraduate physics curriculum. I am looking for a Linear algebra book that will aid me in my quest. I currently own Axler's Linear Algebra Done Right, but I fear it is too...
  32. ambivalent_chemicist

    Programs Major in Chemistry or Physics?

    As with probably a lot of pure science undergrads, my dream goal is to become a researcher, academia or industry. As far as I know at the moment, I'm interested in the area of research that straddles physics and chemistry, and I'm not sure which one I should major in. Should I major in chemistry...
  33. hdt21

    First-Year Undergraduate Nuclear Fusion Advice for Experience?

    Hello! I'm a newbie here, so I apologize if I posted this in the wrong area of if this has already been answered. I'm a Mechanical engineering major at Georgia Tech (but I'll probably switch to Engineering Physics). Nonetheless, I'm very intrigued by the prospect of nuclear fusion and would...
  34. Zaya Bell

    Searching for a proper undergraduate project to undertake

    Summary:: Searching for proper undergraduate project to undertake I'm a physics student, and I was randomly assigned a lecturer that was specialised in optics and electronics. He gave me two topic options to choose from, one was optics, the other electronics. However, I didn't like the...
  35. V

    Courses Undergraduate Math Course Selection Question

    Hello, I'm a college undergraduate sophomore interested in eventually getting a Ph.D. in biophysics or computational physics. I have the chance to take several graduate math classes in the next two years, and I was wondering which ones would be the most useful for me in the future. They are...
  36. llha

    Choosing between unis—UC Berkeley, Cornell

    Hello there! I recently had the privilege of being accepted to UC Berkeley and Cornell for my undergrad! I'm very grateful to both universities for this opportunity. I'm just generally wondering what factors for grad school admission I should be considering when choosing between unis, like...
  37. sulhar

    Engineering Undergraduate textbooks and lectures

    Hi, so I'm a first year undergraduate in engineering science. I guess my main question is, are all undergrad textbooks purposely convoluted to scare us from our degrees? Let me explain. I enjoy my lectures, I feel like the notes are very useful, but whenever my tutors or lecturers refer us to...
  38. I

    Physics Physics undergraduate choosing Masters

    Hello everyone this is my first post, im looking for some prespective in career paths. I love physics but I am not that prodigy student, I am not ready for a masters in physics right now so I am considering a masters in data science my question is, can i make a career of physics data science...
  39. preachingpirate24

    Admissions Getting to MIT from India

    Hey! I'm a 11th grader right now, and I'm really interested in majoring in physics, and maybe engineering too. Now, I know that it's really hard to get into MIT, Harvard, Caltech, and all those really great institutes with amazing physics undergrad courses (The best in the world apparently...
  40. K

    Other Upper division undergraduate electronics and circuits textbooks

    Hello everyone, I am in an upper division undergraduate electronics and circuits class right now and the textbook that were using (Eggleston: basic electronics for scientists and engineers) is not resonating with me. I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a textbook that explains...
  41. nsypgorz

    Quantum Alternative Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics book

    Hi everyone, was just wondering what people think is a good undergraduate QM book is as opposed to Griffiths. I've read through it, and I have looked and many people say it is good for people who've never been exposed to QM before, but when it comes to solving problems I struggle a lot, and...
  42. FourEyedRaven

    Quantum Graduate level and undergraduate level textbooks

    Hi. Since I started looking for books to learn physics I've had a problem understanding what exactly is meant by "graduate level" and "undergraduate level" textbooks, given how two books in each category can seem to cover the same topics. A good example of this is Weinberg's "Lectures on...
  43. M

    Undergraduate physics: Body flows inside liquid [ v(x)=? and V(lim)=? ]

    Homework Statement: Object inside liquid Homework Equations: T=k*v^2 F=m*a We hold an object with a mass (m) inside a liquid. On t=0 we free the object. Except the weight there is another one force, the friction of the liquid, witch is T=k*v^2 ( v=instant speed, and k=constant > 0). Also...
  44. D

    Thoughts on Undergraduate Engineering Research

    The topic of "undergraduate research" is much discussed today. Speaking particularly to engineering education, I wonder if we all have the same understanding of the term "research." I would like to hear from other folks just what they think is meant by the term "undergraduate engineering...
  45. J

    Other Inquiring about Undergraduate Research

    When composing an email to a professor asking him about possibly conducting undergraduate research with him, what are some things I should keep in mind? What are some things I should (or shouldn’t) be asking of him and some things I should (or shouldn’t) be saying about myself?
  46. S

    Classical Finished undergraduate electrodynamics: what next?

    I am almost finished with Griffiths intro to electrodynamics and was wondering what would be a good graduate level book on electrodynamics that I could self learn. I've also done His quantum mechanics book as well as Sakurai's quantum mechanics, and have a strong background in math (it's...
  47. J

    Courses Which is more challenging -- Graduate vs Undergraduate Physics Courses

    When first encountering them, did you find your undergraduate physics courses or your graduate physics courses to be more conceptually and technically challenging?
  48. SJay16

    Courses How difficult is an undergraduate course in GR?

    Just wondering if I'm going to be in over my head here, as I'm not sure what to expect. A notoriously "difficult" professor as my school is teaching a senior level undergraduate course "Introduction to General Relativity Physical consequences of Einstein's equations, including the principle of...
  49. J

    Schools Pros and Cons of Michigan State Physics

    Does anybody here have any experience with Michigan State’s undergraduate physics program? If so, what stuck out to you and what did you like/dislike about it?
  50. T

    Undergraduate physics to graduate Applied mathematics

    I am an undergrad in physics and math (pure). I want to do msc in Applied mathematics . There are few things that worry me : 1. Topology, complex analysis, differential equations, calculus, Probability, 3 Analysis and 3 Algebra - these are roughly my courses. I didn’t take any “applied” kind of...