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Double major in physics and CS general questions

  1. May 6, 2015 #1
    I am currently junior in high school and I am thinking about double major in physics and computer science. But there are some generals questions that I don't really understand.
    As far as I understand for each major you have classes that you have to take. If the classes overlap then you just have to take it once. But let's say that you are taking the classes and then you want to transfer. Is it possible to transfer to different college? (and still not loose your credits)
    Would the cost of double majoring increase significantly?
    Also when you major would you get Bachelor of Science? ( It's little confusing for me)
    Anybody can recommend good programs ( colleges) to double major in physics and CS?

    Thanks a lot.
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  3. May 6, 2015 #2


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    I will address the normal situation in the US. Things are often different in other countries.

    Yes, although your credits may not transfer 100%. The "new" college may not accept some credits from the "old" one as being equivalent to their own courses. Also, the two colleges are likely to have slightly different requirements for the same major(s).

    If you can fit all the courses into four years, your cost will not increase for a double major. This depends on how many courses the college requires for each major, and on how many "general education" courses they require for all students.

    Some schools offer only Bachelor of Science, some offer only Bachelor of Arts, some offer both. The distinction between the two is not rigid, and I would not stress out over the exact name of the degree, so long as it's a bachelor's degree. If you continue on to graduate school, admissions committees will look at the actual courses that you have taken, GRE exam scores, etc., not the precise title of your bachelor's degree.
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