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Can I Become a Physicists with a B.Eng?

  1. Dec 18, 2011 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I'm trying to figure out a few possible career options right now. If I decided to complete a Bachelor's of Engineering, would I still be able to pursue a doctorate or master's in physics and follow a physics oriented career path? I know of people who have taken master's of engineering and completed their doctorate in physics but I don't know their undergraduate history. I'm basically very undecided right now on what career path I want to take and I'd like to know what kind of options I have. Does anyone have any experience with this kind of transfer?
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  3. Dec 18, 2011 #2
    Oh and vice versa: does anyone know if I can become an engineer if I get a B.Sci in Physics and then decide to get a masters of engineering?
  4. Dec 18, 2011 #3


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    I've seen people go both ways; from physics to engineering and from engineering to physics. But all of them ended up having to play catch-up; the one degree only partially prepared them for the other. Most engineers don't take anywhere near enough physics courses to prepare them for physics graduate school.
  5. Dec 19, 2011 #4
    Ok thank you. I guess what I'm worried about is the job security with a physics degree. I would really love to physics but I want to keep my back up options really open.
  6. Dec 19, 2011 #5
    You would have to make up basically the core physics undergrad as leveling courses.
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