Hi everyone, So I'm currently in first year and have taken introductory biology, calculus, chemistry, physics and psychology. Ever since I've started University, I've known that I enjoy Physics and this year has helped solidify this notion for me. I also know though that I really enjoy Medical Sciences. My school offers the streams of honours specializations, specializations, majors and minors for different modules. I am actually planning on doing a double major in both Physics and Medical Sciences, but there are a few things I'd like to consider first... As of now, My second year would consist of me taking (I'm taking a basic Statistics course in the summer as well): Intermediate Calculus (2nd Year level) (1.0) Biochemistry (2nd Year level) (0.5) Genetics (2nd Year level) (0.5) Cell Biology (2nd Year level) (0.5) Human Physiology (3rd Year level) (1.0) Organic Chemistry (2nd Year level) (1.0) Linear Algebra I (1st Year level) (0.5) Physics Seminar Course (non-credit) As you can see, I will have taken no actual Physics courses in 2nd year, yet it is still possible to complete a major or even specialization if I take this route. I would have to take all the courses listed by the end of April of my second year, besides Calculus, Linear Algebra and Human Physiology, if I want to remain in Medical Sciences though. I would also have to finish the Calculus and Linear Algebra by the end of my 2nd year as well to remain eligible for the Physics module. My main problem with this is: I won't have a good grasp of what exactly to expect in future upper year Physics courses and I will be committing to either a major/specialization that I'm not quite sure about even. I'll only be exposed to a bit more of the math behind it (I'm actually thinking about a Specialization in Applied Mathematics as a back-up possibly as well, instead of Physics, but I highly doubt it). So after all this, my main question is: from your experience and personal opinion, do you think it is a good idea to commit to a Physics major or specialization only after taking an introductory Physics course and a few math courses? I know I'm really interested in the field, I just don't know if my expectations are different from reality of upper year courses. Does anyone mind commenting on how they found their upper year Physics courses and their enjoyment level during the course? :) Also, another thing that is important is future career paths. At the moment, I am really interested in pursuing veterinary medicine. Taking the Physics major is really out of pure interest, but I'm also open to exploring any opportunities in this field as well. So this brings me to my next question: how important is a thesis or research experience in general for entry into a graduate program? The Honours Specialization and Specialization in Physics are essentially the same thing (i.e. same number and type of courses taken), they require 2 different courses to be taken that I have not taken so I am restricted to the normal Specialization (not that big of a deal). Now, the difference b/w a major and specialization is 6 half courses, and this is what I have to determine. Will having limited research experience and a specialization in Physics really be that advantageous compared to a major when applying and completing a graduate degree in Physics? Also, before I forget to mention, I have looked into Medical Physics as an option but must say I am not particularly interested in it. It is definitely a huge field that's essential to advancements in medicine, but it just isn't exactly the side of Physics I am exactly interested in. I've been doing research in Diagnostic Imaging and although the work is important and is necessary, I just don't have a particular interest for it. If I'm not mistaken, a major component of it is Imaging and Computer Science. These are two crucial aspects of research but I cannot say that I truly enjoy them. Just wondering, is there a lot of work and research done in Physics that doesn't involve much Computer Science? I realize it's a very helpful tool and it's not like I hate it or anything, I just find it rather mundane, but that's just me. I know this is rather personal but I was just wondering if any of you had any input on this. Also, for practical reasons, are fields in Medical Sciences like Immunology, Pathology or Biochemistry easier to find positions in academia compared to Physics? Having back-up options is always nice and although I know I'll be taking Physics courses, I'm not sure if it will be purely out of enjoyment or for a future career in the field. Any help would be greatly appreciated!