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Physics Physics minor possibility questions!

  1. Jan 23, 2009 #1
    Physics minor possibility....questions!

    I'm going to keep this question simple because details probably aren't really needed in this. Currently, I'm a communications/management major (ex-Graphic Design Major), and I've been thinking about at the very least adding some science minor, if not changing all together. Thing is, I don't know that I wanna do a MAJOR in a science field, though I hate the classes I'm taking in my communications area with a passion. They're boring as watching someone's beard grow or listening to a monotone teacher talk about history or something. I don't really know for sure what I want to do anymore, but I know that everything on one side of my campus is just boring, something I don't enjoy, or something that makes me not enjoy what I love doing anymore and I don't like it. I also know that while in high school and grade school I've never been one for the sciences really, but I'm finding myself being drawn to the things in part of our science building where there's a whole part of the building for engineering, computer science, and physics. It's all very interesting to me, and I'd love to learn some of it.

    If I WAS to keep my major and add the minor...the question is what could I do with that in the future when i finished? My buddy was saying that there's always a need for physicists who can actually tell non physicists things, and run the places they work at. I've looked up stuff (not extensively but some) on the topic a couple of times, and have found nothing really. Any help?

    And if I was to just switch entirely, any suggestions on what one should do? I'm not a big fan of STRAIGHT chemistry and biology, but the rest has my attention.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jan 23, 2009 #2

    symbolipoint

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    Re: Physics minor possibility....questions!

    crazedskylark said very plainly:
    Change your major field. The only important advice to you for pursuing sciences is that you MUST tolerate the long and possibly frustrating Mathematics courses which you would need for them. As you described, Communications is not a field of interest to you. Physics may be one of the best major fields to choose until you both advance enough in your mathematical development and study a few other science course areas.
     
  4. Jan 23, 2009 #3
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    I'm not so worried about the math. I think I'm pretty good at it actually, though until lately I've been avoiding it like the plague because it's been a while since I've been in a math class.
     
  5. Jan 23, 2009 #4

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    Re: Physics minor possibility....questions!

    I'm not sure a minor is really all that good for anything besides conversation at cocktail parties.

    That being said, I think that a general physics education is good for all sorts of things. The more one understands about the physical world the more opportunites will be available. These won't necessarily come in the "WANTED: young, energetic employee with a minor in physics" form. Rather, they will come in the form of ideas. They will make other things easier to learn and hence allow one to advance faster than colleagues.

    What I would suggest is that you register for some courses in subjects that you think you're interested in and see how they go. Perhaps you could transfer to a general science program. Having an interest in physics at the high school/popular literature level is quite different than having the passion to pursue it through an undergraduate degree and later graduate school.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2009 #5
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    New question, what types of jobs other than teaching could one get if they went into computer science and physics?
     
  7. Jan 23, 2009 #6

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    Re: Physics minor possibility....questions!

    This is one justification for "PreCalculus". The course should prepare you for continuing onto three semesters of Calculus and one more course combining differential equations and linear algebra. Most physical sciences will require at least three semesters of Calculus

    Depending on elective course choices, graduates in Physics can become engineers, computer programmers, or various types of scientific or engineering technicians. Other employment categories are also possible, depending on ones temperament, and as said, upon elective course choices.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2009 #7
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    We should clarify something: You've received some good answers to what might happen with a physics major. On the other hand, your minor, no matter what it is in, will be worth somewhat less than the paper it will be printed on.
     
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