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Choosing between Theoretical and Applied Physics

  1. Aug 10, 2015 #1
    Hi all,

    I'm going into my third year of university and up until this point I have been studying a little of everything in physics(my degree is a bachelors in Physics), for my third year however we have to select a stream of physics to focus on and I am stuck between Theoretical and Applied physics. I was going to go for theoretical because I really enjoy maths and we get to study interesting subjects in maths like electromagnetism and partial deferential equations. These won't be available to me though if I study applied physics which isn't ideal. However one subject I cannot do if I pick Theoretical is Electronics, which is something I am very interested in and I think it is a very practical subject to study.
    I really don't know what to do here. I have been enjoying everything I've been studying in both areas so far, I was thinking Theoretical would be best for me but Applied just feels like it maybe more practical, and I really want to study Electronics. My degree is an undergraduate degree though so maybe it doesn't make a huge difference in the long run. The following are the list of subjects I would be studying if I picked one or the other:

    Theoretical:
    -Computational Physics
    -Electromagnetism
    -Mathematical Methods I
    -Partial Differential Equations
    -Quantum Physics
    -Wave Optics
    -Fluid Mechanics
    -Mathematical Methods II
    -Modelling II
    -Nuclear and Particle Physics
    -Properties of Materials
    -Thermal Physics

    Applied:
    -Computational Physics
    -Electronics
    -Mathematical Methods I
    -Quantum Physics
    -Wave Optics
    -choice between: Modelling I&II, Physics of the Environment I&II, or Applied Statistics I&II
    -Mathematical Methods II
    -Nuclear and Particle Physics

    Any advice welcome, thanks for reading.
    Claire
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 10, 2015 #2
    Follow your heart and work hard!
     
  4. Aug 10, 2015 #3
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