Currently, I am an undergrad student in Physics, specializing in Optics (Meaning, my electives and all that are upper-level optics courses). I have every intention of going to graduate school. In fact, the reason that I am at this university, is because it is home to the #2(or 3?) Graduate school for optics worldwide (But the undergrad physics here is just your typical big-state-school fanfare). Starting this Fall, they are starting a new B.S. program in Photonic Science and Engineering. This is the program I spoke with the director of the program, and he answered a few of my questions. There are no qualifications FE/PE for Engineers in Photonics. However, there are for people in EE, and EE is closely related to this program. The core coursework in this program is being taught by CREOL staff, so that is a MAJOR plus over what I am currently doing. The degree is being issued jointly by UCF and CREOL, which I think is better as far as adding to the "worth" of the degree itself. Now, I really enjoy physics, but I have found that, things which I find interesting, I can simply learn on my own. I was more-or-less studying because of personal interest up to this point, but now I am starting to think that maybe getting a job would be beneficial to me at some point. So, here is the issue: This program is not ABET accredited, but they have submitted to be, and expect it to happen in 2 years (I presume with the first graduating class). The program is 11 hours longer than the physics program, and they will require me to go back and take some of the lower-level engineering courses (Statics, Dynamics, etc) that are not required for Physics majors. Additionally, some of my completed coursework will not count for anything, and my University has policy that begins charging a percent more per class for people going over their expected credits... This could add 2 semesters or more on to my completion time, which isn't a huge deal, but in my financial situation, it means that I may actually have to take out a loan (for the extra time) rather than remaining debt free (since my GI bill will run out by then). I just don't know what I should do. This is the field I (at least think) that I want to work in. I do plan to go to grad school, and I don't know if a standard Physics degree would be better. I'm afraid that I won't like physics grad-school, in which case, I will be in a bad position with a Physics BS, so this seems like a decent option.