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Physics/Computer Science Double Major?

  1. Aug 30, 2015 #1
    I'm currently beginning my senior year in high school and I have been struggling for the last year or so to figure out what I want to do in college. I find a lot of things interesting, and so it's hard for me to pinpoint a single area of study in STEM that I would want to pursue. After a lot of thought I have tentatively decided on considering a double major in physics and computer science, but I don't know how practical or successful that combination would be. I am pretty strong in math(single/multivariable calculus, DEs and starting linear algebra) and I have an okay basis in programming, so I think I will be competent enough for both majors. Would that be a practical combination of majors for success after college?
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  3. Aug 30, 2015 #2


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    The main issue with choosing a double major is that you're giving up freedom to take other non-major courses, or extending the time it takes to complete your degree.

    Computer science and physics can complement each other very well.
  4. Aug 31, 2015 #3
    Thanks. Is there a practical downside to not being able to take non-major courses, or is it simply a case of not being able to pursue some minor interests?
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