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Aerospace Engineering degree with Solid State Physics

  1. Mar 31, 2007 #1
    Hi, I was just wondering if it is possible to jump straight into a Masters Degree in Physics by taking the GRE and not completing all of the required and elective undergraduate courses. I am currently a sophomore in college and am majoring in Aerospace Engineering. A field of Aerospace Engineering I'm looking to go into is propulsion and more specifically plasma, ion, and hall-effect propulsion. I'm thinking that a degree in Solid State Physics would be beneficially to have along with an AE degree especially for this type of field. Right now I'm currently about to complete my minor in physics which requires a year in advanced mechanics and a year in classical electrodynamics and I've already fufilled my math minor with classes such as Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Partial Differential Equations. I plan on taking the courses which aren't highly as stressed in Aerospace Engineering; i.e-Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Solid State Physics. I would need 4 more required courses (Laboratory Electronics, Thermodynamics, Computational/Programming Physics, 2nd Semester General Chemistry) and 2 more elective courses (one for Physics lab and the other being Optics) which would take another year at the least (a lot of the upper division ungergrad physics are offered occasionally so it might take even 2-3 years to finish). It seems that the classes I would need remaining for a physics degree highly overlap in content with the classes I have and will take in engineering. Laboratory Electronics in Physics appears very similiar to what I'm taking for Engineering Circuit Analysis. Physics Thermodynamics is very similiar to Engineering Thermodynamics except Physics thermo seems to emphasize more microscopic topics while Engineering thermo does more macroscopic though I'm required to take a full year of thermo classes in engineering (Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer). For Comp/Programming Physics I've already taken a C++ course in the Engineering department that appears to be similiar as well and materials science engineering looks to be a continuation of concepts learned in first semester general chemistry. I'm pretty disciplined and willing to read up on the material on my own for the GRE and with the classes I've taken and will take find that it is within reach. With all that said, is it possible for me to get accepted into a masters program for physics without completing all the required and elective courses for a BS and by scoring well on the Physics GRE Subject Test?
     
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