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Courses Going to Physics from Computer Science

  1. Apr 2, 2016 #1
    My situation is this: I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in 2011 and have been working ever since. Now I'm thinking of returning to school for physics, with the ultimate goal of going to graduate school for physics. I think it's safe to assume I am not well prepared for graduate school, so I'm planning on taking under graduate courses. As part of my computer science degree I did take some physics classes, but it was so long ago I am effectively starting from scratch.

    I've noticed that physics programs tend to have a set of required classes that cover the introductory material, classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics, in addition to some electives.

    My question is this, if I take the required undergraduate courses but forgo taking any electives, would that be enough to get into a graduate school (assuming I also have some research experience and recommendations) ? Would it be advisable to go into graduate school with this minimum knowledge?

    I realize this will be a long process no matter. I'm just trying to get a sense of how much time would be involved.

    Thanks!
    Rudy
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2016 #2

    micromass

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    Depends on the situation. But it's definitely possible to get in a grad school with this, but it might not be a top 10 school.

    No, definitely not. The more knowledge and experience, the better. Why? First of all, you must select a subject you like. If you only did the required courses, then you will not have a clear idea of what you like and what you're good at it. Second, of course, you'll need to be catching up a lot of stuff in grad school and won't be doing research for some time.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2016 #3

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    Check your knowledge against what I recommend that you do in this thread:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threa...if-my-bachelors-degree-isnt-in-physics.64966/

    Zz.
     
  5. Apr 3, 2016 #4
    Thanks for the replies!

    I guess I'm not surprised to learn there are no short cuts. Though the time commitment doesn't discourage me, so I guess that's a good sign :smile:

    I think I will try out the Physics GRE. I was initially thinking I had forgotten everything, but now that I've been watching various videos on you tube I realize I remember more then I realized.

    Thanks again!
     
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