Career Advice for Physics Undergraduates

In summary, the speaker is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Physics with a minor in Computer Science. They are also interested in working with computers and programming. They plan to pursue a master's degree in applied science but are unsure of what they can do with an undergraduate degree in physics. The suggested option is a master's in Computational/Simulation Science, with the possibility of cross-departmental research opportunities. Other potential career paths mentioned include Game Physics Engines and Computational Astrophysics. The speaker acknowledges the need to explore interdisciplinary programs.
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I am currently on towards my undergraduate degree in Physics, with a minor in Computer Science.

Besides physics and math, I enjoy working with computers, programming, and using CAS's such as Maple and Matlab.

I am planning to work towards a master's degree in applied science but a PhD in Physics is not an option for me so the problem is "what can I do with an undergraduate degree in physics?" (Or what kind of master's program should I consider ?)
 
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a masters in Computational/Simulations Science is probably your best bet.
Look to make sure you nearly qualify for a specific dept...with mostlikely a year of undergrad to make the qualificaion.

Talk toe the Grad Advisors about Cross-Departmental research...for example
UBC and CMU both do cs/math/psych ...some schools also have a math/bio

so what your looking for will mostlikely be a cs/phys/math.
If you also enjoy playing games-perhaps Game Physics Engines will be your career of choice...then I suggest studying up on SPatial Management(mesh methods, BSPs, Octrees) as well CLASSICAL/ANal Mech.

ANother Alternative is Computational Astrophysics(if you like the pretty pictures)
 
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thanks for the advice!

I guess I need to start looking for interdisciplinary programs.
 

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