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Choosing a second major with physics

  1. Sep 11, 2015 #1
    Hello, I am a third year physics major and am enjoying it very much, however I have realized that with only a honours major in physics I am not that marketable as an individual and will probably need to pursue a masters or PhD.

    I am interested in applied math and am able to add an applied math major to my first physics major, and was told this would help me both on getting a job after university as well as complements my physics knowledge with more in depth knowledge towards the math I am doing. I was about to begin choosing courses for this major when I realized I am able to also major in financial modelling (part of the app. math department). I was looking at the courses I would take with the financial modelling major and am quite interested in learning these as well

    So now I am led to this, as I am probably going to add a second major to my first (physics); should I major in applied math or financial modelling?

    I understand the straight applied math courses would give me a great deal of understanding of the math done within physics but I am not sure if I will end up doing something in physics. Would this combination still allow me to have a great amount of job opportunities, possibly in the financial side of the world as well?

    Would majoring in financial modelling be good as I would have perhaps two areas of study, so two things to fall back on as a career?

    I am also interested in trying to get an internship but would like to decide on my second major to begin that process.

    Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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  3. Sep 13, 2015 #2
    I guess it just depends on whether you want to go work in finance or just keep on doing physics. If you can answer this you can also choose the second major.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2015
  4. Sep 13, 2015 #3
    I want to keep my options open, if I was to do the applied math major would I have the knowledge to be in finance or would I need that financial modelling major to get into that line of work? I was told it would be good to have something to fall back on if I had the financial modelling major under my belt if physics didn't go well after my undergrad years (as I was told I would probably need to pursue a PhD in physics to get somewhere )
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