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Engineering physics: Which specialization? Bio-phys vs applied-phys

  1. Dec 21, 2013 #1
    Hi! The time has come to choose the specialization of my EP degree, and for this occasion I hope it's OK to make a very self-centred thread :p. Here's what I study: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/mtfyma. The 3 choices are: math, applied physics and biophysics.

    I don't think I want to specialize in mathematics (even though I find it much easier than physics), but rather some form of phyiscs. So I guess it's between biology or more technical stuff.

    Under both biophysics and applied physics I can choose pretty much any concentration I want, but my problem is that I have very little knowledge of upper-level physics or what it's like. I am frankly overwhelmed by the options and unable to make a decision. So could you guys help me choose what I should specialize in?

    Stuff I enjoy/am interested in:

    * Technology. I have always been fascinated by the technological progress of humanity, and so this is definitely something I want to be a part of.

    * Space exploration. A very interesting field - very adventurous and fascinating. I enjoy the novelty of exploration.

    * How the brain works. I've always wanted to know more about it, and would be interested to see if it's possible to amplify its workings.

    * Evolution. I've always found it very interesting and fundamental, and think it's cool how it can be used to optimize processes in computer science.

    * Cutting-edge technology. I like ambitious goals and unexplored territory.

    * Working internationally. Anywhere else than Norway.

    My school is (probably) comparable to caltech or similarly strict US engineering schools when it comes to difficulty and workload, and I aim at a decent GPA (at least 3.5) when I graduate.

    1) Does this mean I can get onto a graduate program in the USA in one of the fields above?
    2) Is a graduate program important or more trouble than its worth if I want to develop technology?
    3) How about employment? Is biophysics risky in this regard?
    4) What other relevant cutting edge fields are there than the ones I listed?

    Thanks for any reply :)
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013
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  3. Dec 21, 2013 #2
    Unless you are certain about biophysics, I would choose applied physics because it is less restrictive. It will allow you more freedom to explore your options.
  4. Dec 21, 2013 #3
    How is it restricted? And what would my options be with biophysics?

    How is the employment situation? The last thing I would want is end up as a hospital engineer or something..
  5. Dec 21, 2013 #4


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    It looks like that is a master's program, correct? With a master's in Bio-physics, usually the purpose is to begin a 2-3 year residency at a hospital in order to be qualified to work in the oncology department of a hospital. At least, that is mostly what I have seen when I have researched biomedical physics. It doesn't seem like a bad way to go, if you would like that.
  6. Dec 22, 2013 #5
    Does anybody know about nanotechnology?

    Is the field good for employment and are there many opportunities? Is it hard to get in?
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2013
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