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BA in Natural Sciences/Mathematics

  1. Nov 13, 2012 #1
    I'm looking for an online Bachelor degree that will allow me to do a Masters in Astronomy, Astrophysics, or any other physics related subject...now I do understand that the logical thing to do is a bachelor in physics however you can't study that online(nothing that I could find anyway)and attending college at a regular campus is not an option in my case..I'm 36 yo and have a professional career and a family to support but I have a passion for natural sciences specially physics and astronomy. I came across the BA in Natural Sciences/Mathematics from Thomas Edison State College
    http://www.tesc.edu/heavin/ba/Natural-Sciences-Mathematics.cfm [Broken]
    Does this look like a feasible option, or is it just a waste of time?
    suggestions... ideas...comments?!!
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  3. Nov 13, 2012 #2
    I don't really know whether or not that is a feasible option. However, what are you planning to do? Is your plan to leave your current job ad do something like teach at a community college or get some other science-related job? Or is it your goal to just learn stuff? In the first case, I don't really have any advice. In the second case, I would suggest just forgetting about going to school and paying the tuition and try to do a self-learning thing. You can buy the books read them, do the exercises, etc.
  4. Nov 13, 2012 #3
    My intention is to change careers...ultimately I'd like to see myself as a professor at a university or working in the field of physics and/or space in a 10 years time or so.
    I was also looking at a graduate degree from UND in space studies
    Not sure what type of bachelors do I need for that or if it's even a good career move..the program seems reputable enough but still not sure how to get there!
  5. Nov 13, 2012 #4
    It might be a waste of time, unfortunately, but it's really hard to say. Grad programs in astronomy and astrophysics usually expect a strong background in physics, and that's difficult to do without university lab courses. Even though you might choose physics as your sort of "minor" in your natural sciences section, I'm not sure if grad schools would consider it sufficient. It also makes it difficult to get letters of recommendation.

    I'd say email admissions at UND and get more details on the space studies program to see what they're after.
  6. Nov 14, 2012 #5
    Did that, it's a Masters degree that accept pretty much anyone with a Bachelors degree (not just physics grads) as long the candidate shows a strong interest in space.
    Now I found this other online school that offers a space studies BS but their program seems pretty general to me..here's the link: http://www.apu.apus.edu/academic/programs/degree/1264/bachelor-of-science-in-space-studies [Broken]
    I thought maybe coupled with a Masters from UND in spase studes maybe?!!
    Any thoughts..?!
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  7. Nov 14, 2012 #6
    Well, keep in mind that these degrees would be pigeon-holing you into nothing but space. Most universities expect professors to have PhDs in physics and/or astronomy, not necessarily space studies. If you want to go into it as a career, the job prospects are lower when your degrees are as specialized as these. I'm not saying you won't be able to find a job, but it will probably be harder. It all depends on whether the money is worth the risk for you. It sounds like a cool program but price tag makes me wince, lol.
  8. Nov 14, 2012 #7
    Yeah it's pretty high...this is kinda frustrating, I might just start taking physics ,chemistry and labs here at the community college one or two a sem till I'm able to transfer those to a degree, not much of a plan really, but I need to get started somehow :/
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