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Graduate school options outside of physics.

  1. Sep 21, 2014 #1
    I am a senior undergraduate physics major but I am not sure I want to go to graduate school for physics. I do not actually enjoy physics. I find it do-able but I started realizing junior year that I definitely don't love it. I have had a subscription to physics today for three years and never read a single article. I don't study much and try to avoid actually working on physics as much as possible but I still make good grades though I am not the top of my class.

    I am a transfer student at a high ranked state university but a part of my transfer requirements I am not allowed to change my major. So I plan to graduate with my B.S. in Physics with a minor in math.

    I would like to continue my education in a different field but I am not sure what my options are as far as applying to graduate schools outside of physics and engineering.

    I am interested in math, education, and computer science. I enjoy working with numbers and data.

    What graduate programs would accept a physics major without me having to retake a ton of classes?
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  3. Sep 22, 2014 #2


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    You stated that a part of your transfer requirements is that you cannot change your major. Is it possible for you to add an additional major or a minor? You had stated that you are interested in computer science, in which case adding a CS double major or a CS minor could open up possibilities of graduate programs in that field.

    Another option, since you had stated you enjoy working with data, is to pursue graduate programs in statistics. Having a strong quantitative degree like physics and math, along with programming skills, will give you a good foundation to be prepared for graduate statistics programs (I would also encourage you to add statistics courses available at your school if you haven't taken any).

    Other graduate programs you could consider include the following:

    (1) Economics. I have been told that many economics graduate programs often welcome physics grads.

    (2) Operations research/industrial engineering

    (3) Professional programs like medicine or law (if you're interested in either such areas; both law schools and medical schools have thought highly of physics grads).
  4. Sep 23, 2014 #3
    To add to what StatGuy2000 has said, you stated you enjoy computer, numbers and data. Of course computer science is one way to go. Have you considered going into Applied Mathematics, particularly Numerical Analysis? Applied Maths is quite a broad field, including things like computational science. Here are some websites to read up about it:
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