Edit: I suppose this should be in the Academic Guidance section, sorry! To be a little more specific, I want to be a physicist focusing on electricity, but I want to study practical applications and I do not want to wander through equation after equation. :) I am currently a freshman at high school with a GPA of 3.96 (I think it might be a tad lower right now, like 3.95-3.90). I love experimenting with electricity and I hope to one day find more practical applications for the stuff. After my sophomore year I will enter running start and I will graduate with an AA as well as my high school diploma. From there I hope to get into a college, here is where I need help. I want to get to get a Ph.D or equivalent degree in either Electrical Engineering or Physics. I don't want to be a concrete engineer, per se, but a research scientists studying electricity. I however, want to develop practical things, so I don't want to do most of what the physicists do now with all the math (I am speaking as far as career in concerned, I am willing to do plenty of math in courses and such). To clarify, I love math and I am good at it, but I don't want to do a whole bunch of math describing reality, then a bunch of math on that math, and then talk about the math. I want to instead experiment to find ways which electricity would benefit humanity and then invent based on my finding. Of course math in some sort is inevitable, I have no problem applying some theory to help to the job... Understand? My problem here is that an electrical engineer is not a research scientist, and a physicist is not so much of an experimenter as much of a mathematician doing math about reality. So my problem here is that I want to become someone in the middle, but I can only go to one or the other. Say I go to Harvey Mudd and get a degree in Engineering there. Afterwords I will have a ton of knowledge on engineering but a paltry amount done in physics, so would I really be able to get start a course in another college for physics for instance if I only have done a bunch of engineering? I don't think so, but I don't know. Any other colleges that would suit me? Preferably a small one as they treat their undergrads a bit better. After I get a bachelors in the smaller one I want to then switch to a bigger one to get the masters. Am I making any sense at all?