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How important are upper-division physics electives for getting into grad school?

  1. Feb 2, 2013 #1
    I'm considering doing a philosophy physics double major at the expense of taking a few upper division physics electives or math/engineering classes like Plasma Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Intro to Solid State Physics, fluid mechanics, statistics, etc.

    Will this hurt my chances of getting into graduate school? Of course I will still have fulfilled the core physics curriculum (freshman physics 1-3, Classical Mechanics 1 & 2, E&M 1 & 2, Quantum 1 & 2, Thermo/StatMech, 3 different physics labs, also about to start working an honors thesis).

    The reason I want to double major is of course both subjects interest me but I'd also like to be able to apply to philosophy graduate school as well.

  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 2, 2013 #2
    The amount that it depends depends entirely on where you want to go, but no matter where you go, your application will be weaker than it would be had you taken the electives.
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