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Physics at West Point?

  1. Jul 13, 2010 #1

    I will be a senior this school year, and will be going to West Point the following year for college. I've wanted to study physics for all of my life, but I've also wanted to go to West Point more. I know the importance of getting an advanced degree if you are going to study physics.

    If you haven't heard of West Point, Forbes named it the #1 college last year. It is completely free to go there, they actually pay you around $600 a month. However, you have to give 5 years of military service after you graduate, and this doesn't leave much room to get a phd or masters. I just feel that after 5 years in active duty combat, I won't be able to get a PhD, for whatever reason. Could I get a job with a bachelors in physics, or am I better off getting an engineering degree which would help me in the job market more?

    West Point has a very rigorous physics program. They have different concentrations, the one I am most interested in is probably string theory physics.

    I do not want to be a physicist because of the fame or "glory." I realize that few physicists achieve this, and even the most successful sometimes stay in the shadows. I want to become a physicist because I truly love physics. Unfortunately, I also have my career path to consider. I'm not out to make millions, I want a career that makes me happy and supports my family. I think either engineering or physics would be able to do this. I'm just worried about not getting an advanced degree in physics.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2010
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  3. Mar 5, 2011 #2
    Hey man,
    For what it's worth, it's not impossible to go to WP, spend 5 years in a combat role and then get out and pursue a physics PhD. I'm doing it. If you really want it, you can do it too.

    Good luck.
  4. Mar 7, 2011 #3
    If you are set to stay with their conditions and with your interests, you can move to WP.
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