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Adding another major to my physics degree

  1. Jul 3, 2009 #1
    Hi all, I've just finished my first semester of study towards a BSc in physics. My original desire to study physics was fuelled by space. Working on anything, from spaceflight to theoretical physics really, really interested me. However, most people here have said that it's too specific of a goal to work towards, you can't just aim for a space related job.

    Regardless if this is true or not, it got me thinking. I was thinking of adding another major to my physics degree, to try and diversify a bit. The only other career which seemed interesting to me was a career in finance. I've already been reading about and following markets, investments, currency and so on. And I think business is more my forte (parents/career advisers were screaming at me to go to law school). So, I was considering transferring to a conjoint BCom/BSc degree in finance and physics. But, will this hold me back, if I do end up choosing to go down the physics path? You get to complete all the courses you would normally, so I wouldn't be missing any physics. So I don't know how it could hold me back, but best to check with PF, I guess!

    And, in addition to this, it turns out that I'm able to add a double major to my degree. So, as an alternative, I could choose to just do a BSc, double majoring in maths and physics. This will definitely be harder than a single major, but if there is any benefits, I'll definitely take it on. Or, I could go for the BCom/BSc, and triple major (finance, physics and maths). This would most likely be easier, since I could spread out my physics/maths courses (you get an extra year to complete a conjoint), and raise my GPA by completing the relatively easy finance courses.

    So, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. Jul 3, 2009 #2
    You may want to check out https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=322987", which discusses adding a math major and its effect on graduate admission. Physics graduate admissions committees may not be as likely to give a small boost for a dual major in finance... but that wouldn't necessarily hold you back in physics unless it effects your physics course selection and performance.
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