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Engineer Physics Vs Plain Physics

  1. Feb 15, 2009 #1
    I am switching majors over from Computer Science to Physics or Engineering physics and need some advice:

    Pros for Engineering Physics:

    1. More practical if don't end up heading to grad school.
    2. I can specialize in Computer Science within the Engineering Physics major so I would need only two more CS classes towards that.
    3. Besides those 2 CS classes only need 3 Engineering Classes: Intro to Engineering, And Circuits I & II with Labs.

    Cons for Engineering Physics:
    1. Need to take more classes.
    2. Will be less room to take more physics and math courses or do independent study or research.

    Pros of Straight Physics:
    1. Less classes needed.
    2. Will give me more freedom with electives and time last few semester to do research or independent studies.
    3. Probably not looking to go into a career where I would use the engineering stuff much as I wish to go to grad school in Astro.

    Cons of Straight Physics:

    1. If I don't make it into grad school I'll be stuck with a physics degree and not as many options.
    2. The 3 classes I took for my CS major won't end up counting for much.

    Are there are other consideration I am neglecting? When I do apply to grad school does an Engineering Physics degree look any different than a Physics one? What about in the job market?
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  3. Feb 15, 2009 #2


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    Does the engineering physics count as an engineering degree for PEng/CEng certification?
    Does this matter in your country?

    A lot of places require PEng/CEng to sign off on certain jobs, other places demand it for certain levels of management - in some countries you can't even call yourself an engineer without one .
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