I'm a senior in high school who is still trying to figure out what I'm going to do with the next few years of my life. Early on, I was planning on going for the all to frequently debated PhD in physics until I realized I would like to keep my sanity not to mention get a job. I just recently discovered my interest in optics. It's probably because it involves a fair amount of physics. I haven't quite figured out what path of optical engineering interests me most but probably something involving telescopes because I enjoy astronomy but who doesn't nowadays? I am considering two paths for my undergrad degree: Either EE and emphasize in optics or Engineering Physics and emphasize in either optical physics or optical engineering. I don't know if it is be better to have more physics or more Electrical Engineering (as in which would be more applicable). Which of these would better prepare me for grad school in optical engineering? Would an MS in optical engineering or optical physics be best job/pay wise (is that a dumb question?)? Also, what would optical engineering involving telescopes be classified as and how could I prepare for that as an undergrad. I'm also just interested in the field in general and would like to know more about different emphasis of the field.