I am finishing my BS in Chemistry, minor in Materials Science, looking to go to grad school as a MS in Physics. In the past year, I've struggled alot with what graduate school to go to, and decided on Physics. I did this because in Chemistry, I learned all about applications of physics in physical chemistry and analytical instrumentation like NMR, laser spectroscopy, liquid crystals, etc. and realized that without physics knowledge, I couldn't do anything in the "real world" with them and apply this knowledge. Also, a BS in Chemistry has very low wages compared to a BS in Physics, so I would like to get a BS in Physics. The area I'd like to do research in is in soft condensed matter or optics. This is because these areas are the ones I'm more familiar with from chemistry, and where a physics MS would compliment my chemistry BS, rather than be totally unrelated. My family is saying that a MS in physics is a total waste of time. They're worried about career prospects and tell me to suck it up and get a ChemE degree. I tried to study ChemE core classes for a year and some of the core classes like Reactor Design and Chemical Kinetics were insanely difficult since they seemed extremely arbitrary and just seemed like games with dimensional analysis. Even though I never got C's, they were very challenging and time consuming, and I don't think I could survive repeating them. Nonetheless, my family tells me that it's because I don't like it, not that it's inherently difficult. They say if I just suck it up and force myself to like it, I'd be able to get through a MS in ChemE. They also say that if you think ChemE is hard, Physics is 100 times harder and I should just quit trying. For Physics, my relevant preparation is: 2 quarters of single variable calculus, 2 quarters of multivariable calculus, 1 quarter of linear algebra, 1 quarter of ODE, 1 year of general physics, 2 quarters of modern physics, 1 quarter of programming with MatLab, 1 year of Physical Chemistry. I can't take upper division Classical Mechanics or Electromagnetism due to restrictions; I emailed the teachers and they didn't let me in. I will be taking Mathematical Physics 1 and 2 as well as Quantum Mechanics 1 in the next 2 quarters. It'd be ideal if after graduation, I could find a technical job and preferably one related to chemistry and/or physics, but as I went through the alumni lists of some terminal MS programs, such as the one at San Francisco State University, it seems like half the MS graduates just go to another grad program. Does anyone have some recommendations?