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From Biology to Physics

  1. Jul 14, 2013 #1
    Yesterday my boyfriend was a real ******* and told me I'm of average intelligence and that I'm not that intelligent (we were fighting). I have a low self esteem problem and a really really poor GPA in my Biology Degree. I blame myself for not studying hard. I really want to study Physics for a long time now but don't know if I'd get accepted. What are the possibilities I might?
     
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    The real question is why is being of average intelligence bothersome to you and what exactly is "average intelligence" (and how would he know anyway)? Also, why do you want to study physics? If it's simply to "prove" to your boyfriend that you're not of "average intelligence", then you probably won't be any more successful than you have been in your biology degree.

    And for the record, I am of average intelligence and I'm doing well in my physics degree... As an undergrad, intelligence has little to do with it; work ethic has a much bigger impact
     
  4. Jul 14, 2013 #3

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    Biology is very, very different from Physics. To study either requires self-discipline. To WANT to study either or both requires motivation - cannot say from where this motivation comes from, but it must be something you feel attracted to do. A person does not always know what will interest him/her until or unless she/he TRIES something. If you hope for a science which seems much more logical and structured, you will find this in Physics. Just realize, you will need much more mathematics quicker than you will in Biology. The mathematicalness of physics is also one of its advantages.
     
  5. Jul 14, 2013 #4

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    --------- You are worried about being accepted! Do not worry. Study the needed Mathematics (Algebra, Trigonometry, at least a year of Calculus). If you are serious about learning and studying Physics, you will be accepted. Just don't go on like you're trying to prove something about yourself to people because often they will see through that, and you may then actually find some problems being accepted. Back to the simpler idea, if you are genuine with your qualifications in math and interest to learn Physics, then you will be accepted.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2013 #5

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    We can't tell you what the probability is that you'll be accepted into an undergraduate physics program. If it's something you really want to do, just go for it. Apply and see.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2013 #6

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    I'm of average intelligence and doing fine in my physics degree thus far; we aren't all Feynman you know. People say mean things during fights I mean I wouldn't take something like that so seriously to the extent of changing my major itself; anger can get the better of people and they will say things without thinking that they don't really mean. You shouldn't change majors just to prove a point to someone; if you like bio then stick with it.
     
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