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Engineering Physics vs. Physics

  1. Jan 31, 2010 #1
    Hi everyone! My second thread here. I'm a graduating high school student. I'm mainly looking at going into undergrad studies in physics at University of Toronto or McMaster University. However, I'm stuck with a choice here - Engineering Physics or Physics. At University of Toronto, Engineering Physics belongs to Engineering Science in Engineering Faculty and Physics (with Astronomy specialization is the one I'm looking at) belongs to Art & Science Faculty. The adimission average for Engineering Science is like 92 or higher which is much higher than that of normal Physics which is about high 70s. Engineering at University of Toronto is definitely one of the most pretigious Engineering programs in the world. However, would that put me in a disadvantage when I were to go further into grad studies in physics? The degree for Engineering Science is a Bachelor of Applied Science while the degree for Physics is a Bachelor of Science. Also, there are courses unrelated to physics that I will have to take in engineering science during the first two years.

    Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Edit: Given that I have a high enough average. (probably around 95 :P)
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2010
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 31, 2010 #2
    Unless you are 100% sure that you want to do physics, go to Engineering Science. You could decide to switch to Arts and Science after first year without missing out on anything (I know a lot of people who did that), doing it the other way around from ArtSci --> EngSci is a lot harder. EngSci also gives you a long time to figure out what you want before actually picking a direction after second year, and it's just a really good program overall. Trust me on this :)

    Come to Innis Residence, your average is high enough to get you in. Best residence on campus, I'd say >:|

    -Second year undergrad doing physics in the Faculty of Arts and Science
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
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