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Physics B.Sc. in Astrophysics?

  1. Jan 17, 2012 #1
    Hey guys I am in need of some career guidance. Iv'e been doing a lot of research on different schools lately and what I want to take for a B.Sc. I can't decide on weather to take Physics or astrophysics. Everyone is telling me to take Physics because astronomy is dumbed down at this level, and to focus on astronomy later at a graduate level?

    This is the school i will be attending if i decide to take astrophysics:

    http://www.smu.ca/futurestudents/documents/AstronomyandPhysics.pdf

    http://www.smu.ca/academic/science/ap/undergrad.html

    What do you guys suggest? any astrophysics majors here?
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2012 #2
    In my opinion, physics is the better option here. Astro can always be done, as you said, at the graduate level. Physics is just more broad and really lets you experiment with different areas that you may enjoy instead. In the end though, do whatever you want. You'll get a job.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2012 #3
    I agree with Jt. I'm a physics undergrad and I ultimately want to go into astrophysics at the graduate level. My university will soon be offering an astrophysics bsc but even if I had the opportunity to change, I'd still stick with physics because I find the program more well rounded.

    Probably looks better on a resume when applying to non-physics related jobs too.
     
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