Good morning all, I’m about to enter my sophomore year of college, and after doing a significant amount of job research, a career in medical physics appears very interesting to me. The idea of using applied physics to have a direct, positive impact upon people’s lives sounds pretty neat. That being said, I have a few questions about the route I’d need to take to get there academically that I hope someone can help me with. I’m currently an Electrical Engineering student. As I’ve only completed my freshman year, I haven’t gotten too far in to this program—still, I enjoy math and the physical sciences (and I especially enjoyed the introductory calculus-based EM physics course I took during my second semester), as well as applying them in the real world. My university offers a program where, with the addition of relatively few classes, one can obtain both a B.S. in EE and also a B.A. in Physics, and I’m strongly considering taking that route (here’s a pdf link to a sample schedule for that program: http://www.stthomas.edu/media/engin...pdfs/PhysicsBAElectricalEngineeringBS2015.pdf ) From looking at different medical physics graduate programs online, it seems that the majority of them require either a degree in physics, or a degree in engineering or another hard science with the equivalent of at least a physics minor. This course of study would seem to at least satisfy the second requirement, and perhaps the first as well depending upon the school. The reason the double major appeals to me requires a bit of explanation with regards to my personal circumstances. I was in the Marines for about five years prior to attending college, so although I’m a sophomore, I’m 24 years old and married. We’re currently making ends meet through my use of the GI Bill and my wife’s career as a registered nurse. Without going into too much detail, we’ve more or less figured out that we aren’t going to be reasonably able to move anywhere else in the country until 2-4 years after I’ve completed my undergraduate degree. This limits some of my options, because there is only one MP program within driving distance for me at the moment (the University of Minnesota’s), and their admission statistics are not encouraging to say the least (unless I’m misinterpreting something, for the 2015-2016 academic year, there were 53 applicants and 4 admittances). Realistically, then, there is an excellent chance that I’ll need to spend 2-4 years working, using whichever undergraduate degree I obtain before we could relocate for me to attend grad school elsewhere. Given that, my current thinking is that it may be prudent to stay the course with the EE degree so that I’d have a more marketable skill for those years. I know this is getting rather long, so if you’re still with me now, thanks. Here are my real questions: first, would successful completion of the dual-degree program that I linked to above actually make me competitive for admission into a medical physics program? While I understand that GPA, research experience, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and other stuff will also go into the decision, I’m unsure if not having a bachelor of science in physics would put me at a disadvantage. Would it be better to just bite the proverbial bullet and study only physics? Second, what are the best things to do now that would increase my chances of admission? I keep on hearing that research is a big factor, and I’m planning on trying to get involved with something through my University this next year. I’m also planning on applying to AAPM’s Undergraduate fellowship program for next summer, but I’m not exactly holding my breath (this summer it seems they only admitted 13 people nationally?). Are there other programs/internships/fellowships that I should be looking in to? Finally, is waiting 2-4 years between undergrad and graduate school going to be detrimental to my probability of admission? Thank you so much for your time, and sorry that this got so long!