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Majors in physics

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hello everyone my name is abed haidar and i am from lebanon i really want to know if someone is studying pure physics what major does he have other than teaching and research??
second if i study electronics can i do electrical engieering only or there are other choices??
 

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hello everyone my name is abed haidar and i am from lebanon i really want to know if someone is studying pure physics what major does he have other than teaching and research??

...I'm not exactly sure what you're asking here. He would probably have a physics Ph.D?

second if i study electronics can i do electrical engieering only or there are other choices??
If you exchange "electronics" and "electrical engineering" then this sentence makes sense. If you study electrical engineering, you can do more than electronics...I know of a few EE professors who work on biological systems.
 
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if someone is studying pure physics what major does he have other than teaching and research??
I think you mean employment opportunities.
Physicists work in many fields, Engineering (e.g. semiconductors),, Finance and so.
Some even do networking and software engineering. Basically during your physics degree, you will be learning multiple things (physics, mathematics, programming).
 
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we here in lebanon in the lebanese universiity we have in the faculty of science either pure physics or electronicsso when i finish the first three years in pure physics what options do i have i need specific details on what shoudl i do after the three years if i want to continue in australlia
 
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I am not sure what is this electronics degree that is offered by the faculty of science (it might be like applied physics or so).
You may have problems later on if you would like to do a master/PhD studies depending on the content of the programme..
To be an Electronics engineer, you need a minimum of 4 years of education (in USA), and typically the degree is offered by the faculty of Engineering, not science.

I think the pure physics degree is good, later on you can either continue with Physics (theoretical or applied) or even some fields of engineering.

If you like electronics, then it is better to do Electrical Engineering than having a degree from the faculty of science. Later options include immediate employment (it is easier to get a job with Engineering degree than Physics) or graduate degree. In engineering, some prefer not to continue with a higher degree but to become a certified professional engineer and do for example consulting.

If you want to go to Australia, you can simply apply for a master programme or similar there.
 
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thank you sir so what about pure physics other than teaching and research you said we can do applied physics what do you mean and in pure physics can i continue with this degree in mechanical engineering
last thing in electronics other than electrical engineering can we do computer or telecominucation thank you very much sir for your help
 
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so do you have any advice for me man i really dont know what should i do next year i am in my first year in the lebanese university and i have to decide next year whether to do pure physics or electonics i hate teaching i may like reseach but i love engineering i need to know how to take the right way
 
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thank you sir so what about pure physics other than teaching and research you said we can do applied physics what do you mean and in pure physics can i continue with this degree in mechanical engineering
last thing in electronics other than electrical engineering can we do computer or telecominucation thank you very much sir for your help
You're welcome.

In applied physics (sometimes also called Engineering Physics), during the first few semesters you will have standard physics education, but later on the courses will be focused on applications, they can be focused on a field of engineering e.g. electrical or mechanical (this depends on the university).

You can also switch fields (i.e. bachelor in physics and master in engineering or vice versa), between Engineering & Physics, but you have to make up for the missing courses, this is in general not easy, you need at least one year of extra courses to make up for the difference.

I doubt you can do Telecommunication or computer eng (both are branches of Electrical Engineering) with that Electronics degree. Telecommunication especially require some really specialized courses (Networks, Protocols etc....).

With a bachelor in physics degree (doesn't matter pure or applied), you should be able to handle technical jobs across different fields (remember, that a very important factor in education is not only learning, but how to learn and adapt). Not every one who graduates works in his/her specific field.

I would suggest doing what you like most, and don't think about the future too much.
 
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wowwwwww thanks man that really helps we here in lebanon have either pure or elcetronics so if i continue pure i can still think of engineering and if i want to continue to australlia after finishing my first three years wht should i do do you know anyone who could help
 
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need help

hey my name is abed haidar and i am from lebanon studying physics but i havent decided yet i know i have asked before but i really want to know what to do here is a preview of whats going on i am studying in the lebanese university (governmental) and we have two majors either pure physics or electronics thats not only my problem i hate teaching maybe i like some research but i hate teaching with all due respect to all teachers especially my dad and when i finish bahcelor in one of these two majors i want to continue my studies in australlia so my questions are the following:
- which university should i go?
-which major is best for my major?
- which job may give me the chance in visiting my country if i work in australlia?
p.s i was born in australlia
 
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You're welcome.

In applied physics (sometimes also called Engineering Physics), during the first few semesters you will have standard physics education, but later on the courses will be focused on applications, they can be focused on a field of engineering e.g. electrical or mechanical (this depends on the university).

You can also switch fields (i.e. bachelor in physics and master in engineering or vice versa), between Engineering & Physics, but you have to make up for the missing courses, this is in general not easy, you need at least one year of extra courses to make up for the difference.

I doubt you can do Telecommunication or computer eng (both are branches of Electrical Engineering) with that Electronics degree. Telecommunication especially require some really specialized courses (Networks, Protocols etc....).

With a bachelor in physics degree (doesn't matter pure or applied), you should be able to handle technical jobs across different fields (remember, that a very important factor in education is not only learning, but how to learn and adapt). Not every one who graduates works in his/her specific field.

I would suggest doing what you like most, and don't think about the future too much.
i have asked some proffesors in our college and they have said that electronics is a branch like pure physics which will lead in the future to electrical and telecom engineering but as you said i have to catch up i am really confused and i dont know that to do
 
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electronics is a branch like pure physics
This looks like nonsense to me

which will lead in the future to electrical and telecom engineering
and this feels like vapor. Telecomm/communications is way different than what is covered in the physics programme syllabus.
Also even if you manage to make it up, know that there are so many engineers out there where they will be preferred over you unless you have an usual profile (e.g. publications or so).

Do what you like most, this will allow do better within that field/innovate.
Things do change with time, maybe by the take you want to take some telecomm courses you no longer find it interesting (this points in the direction of not to consider employment in selecting your educational path).


p.s. Please make use of punctuation (commas, dots and line breaks), reading one long paragraph without them is annoying and its unprofessional as well.
 
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thank you very much but i still dont know what can i do with a bachellor of pure physics other than teaching and researching, because if these are my options then i will have to change my domain to electronics which is very useful these days i just want a decent, special job you know thank you very much
 

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