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General Science degree or specific area?

  1. Aug 12, 2013 #1
    So i love astronomy, physics, maths and cosmology. I want to bring this all together so i found a degree 'AstroPhysics", and it is something which i can do well in and enjoy.

    I'm wounding if i should go for this degree or go for an Advanced Science Degree major in Physics? So it is more of a general physics instead of just astrophysics.

    Also one other question: If the Advanced Science degree is the right option, then would chemistry a good subject to-do in year 12 even though I'm going for a course for physics?
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  3. Aug 12, 2013 #2


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    I think it's a good idea to avoid being too specific with an undergraduate degree. While it might sound kind of cool, the specific subfield of study is something that you chose at the time you enter into graduate school. It's better to allow yourself some latitude to explore the different subfields of your major in your upper years. While many people are attracted to physics because of the "big" questions in cosmology or particle physics, as they learn more may develop interests in other questions that have more immediate and practical applications.

    All of that said, you want to make sure that your major is specific enough to qualify you for graduate studies. I don't know what an "Advanced Science" degree is or what it might qualify you for. It's okay to start out in something like this and then get more specific as you move on. If you plan to go to graduate school for any physics subfield, you need a major in physics (or something very close to it).

    As for chemistry in high school... absolutely you should take it. There is a lot of overlap between physics and chemistry.
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