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Discerning majors-jobs

  1. Jun 18, 2015 #1
    Hey guys, first post on here! I've done a bit of reading and searching but wanted to ask specific questions.

    I've got an odd idea on what I will be doing but am willing to work towards what I want.

    I restarted school after a 6 year hiatus last year. Initially, I wanted to get an exercise science degree so that I could get to Physical Therapy school. Once realizing what actually happens if I don't make it to PT school (no, I really don't want to be a personal trainer), I searched for what I enjoy doing and how a major could relate to that best. Cars, racing, space, physics. These all excite me greater than anything other than the human body and basketball.

    My idea: Take pre-reqs for PT school (3 bio classes, 3 chem classes and basic maths) then move on to a Physics degree in case I don't make it to grad school (I will though!).

    My main questions:
    Can I get a BS in physics and work with engineering? I'm thinking medical equipment and/or automotive industry.

    Does a BA in physics work any differently?



    I suppose I should include my pre-reqs if it helps any.

    Biology 160
    Biology 241, 242 (Anatomy and Physiology)
    Math 141 (pre-calc 1) (142 summer term)
    Chemistry 121
    English 101

    I want to attend Eastern Washington U, but am open to any other options as I don't really mind where I go but really want to finish my education.

    I appreciate any and all responses, even the criticism!
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2015 #2

    Choppy

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    You *can* work in engineering with a physics degree, but it can be very difficult, particularly in a slower economy. If you really want to have engineering as a backup career, your best bet would be to enroll in an engineering program. Generally speaking, physics graduate school should be a serious possibility for you if you enroll as a physics undergraduate. Or maybe a desire to be a teacher. But physiotherapy as a primary with engineering as a backup - you're likely better off to study engineering.

    You mean compared to a BSc? It depends on the school.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2015 #3
    Awesome, thanks a ton for your input! It's hard to get a hold of an adviser at all.

    I'm looking particularly at Eastern Wa U, that's why I asked about BS in physics.

    http://www.ewu.edu/cstem/programs/physics
     
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