Physics or Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Degree

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My son is a college freshman at an Ivy League college. He is currently taking classes in Applied Math and Physics but will have to choose a major by the end of sophomore year. He is interested in going to graduate school but is not entirely certain where he would like to work. He is not interested in finance or economics and has enjoyed solving problems and studying physics. Does anyone know of resources to help make this decision?

Thank you in advance for your advice. We have discovered wonderful resources on this forum!
 
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There seems to be some avoidance in mentioning the rather obvious choices: math, physics or engineering.

Not sure what kind of resources would help since there has not been an explicit problem defined.
 

1. What is the difference between a degree in physics and a degree in applied mathematics?

A degree in physics focuses on the study of matter, energy, and their interactions, while a degree in applied mathematics focuses on the use of mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems.

2. Can I pursue a career in both physics and applied mathematics with this degree?

Yes, a degree in either physics or applied mathematics can open up a wide range of career opportunities in various industries such as research, engineering, finance, and data analysis.

3. What kind of skills will I learn in a physics or applied mathematics undergraduate degree program?

You will develop strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as gain a deep understanding of mathematical and scientific principles and how to apply them in various contexts.

4. Is a physics or applied mathematics undergraduate degree a good preparation for graduate school?

Yes, a degree in either field can provide a solid foundation for pursuing further education in graduate school, whether it be in physics, applied mathematics, or another related field.

5. What kind of job opportunities are available for graduates with a degree in physics or applied mathematics?

Some common career paths for graduates with these degrees include research scientists, data analysts, financial analysts, actuaries, engineers, and teachers. However, the skills and knowledge gained through these programs can be applied to many other industries and job roles as well.

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